11 March 2010

Feature: Party President seeks member feedback over asset sales

State ALP president, Andrew Dettmer (pictured) has written to party members in a bid to gauge grassroots concern over the State Government’s controversial asset sale.
In a special, pre-Christmas letter to members, Mr Dettmer has suggested that the recent ‘green shoots’ in the domestic economy is perhaps cause for the decision to be revisited.

“Most party members feel strongly about and support the party platform opposing privatisation of State-owned assets as developed and endorsed at our state conference each year. In fact, it was one of the major policy differences between Labor and the LNP at the March election”, he writes.

With the union campaign opposing the sale growing on a daily basis, the letter has been seized on by anti-privatisation elements in the Party as a new mechanism to force the Premier to re-think her decision.

For example, writing recently to members of the Facebook group ‘No to the privatisation of Queensland Government Corporations’, ETU state secretary, Peter Simpson declared “we all need to be prepared to ramp up this campaign in 2010 to prevent these ridiculous, unnecessary sales of our assets”.

Importantly, the letter from the Party president will serve as a timely reminder to the Government that the sale still faces some overwhelming opposition within the labour movement.

The letter also hints at a potential compromise, but only if Party members accept the Government’s view that the business of a modern social democratic government is providing services and not simply owning an asset that may not have direct benefit to Queenslanders.

Party members interested in providing feedback to the state president can e-mail Andrew Dettmer directly at QLD.president@qld.qlp.org.au

(Originally published December 2009)

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