Legal threat looms over Labor preselection ‘volcano waiting to erupt’


Powerful Victorian unions have asked for legal advice on whether they can stop the preselection of a candidate for a new safe Labor seat after they were cut out of a power-sharing deal.

Their action follows a move by Labor’s national executive, under the direction of federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, to order the selection of a candidate for the new federal seat of Hawke, in Melbourne’s outer west, by Friday.

Four senior sources from across the union movement, commenting on the condition of anonymity, told The Age the Australian Workers Union, a major union of the party’s Right faction, had joined the group seeking to thwart the fast-tracked preselection deadline. The group also includes some left-wing, blue-collar unions…

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