The cracks in Labor’s troubled left faction have opened wider with revelations rising star Jo Chapley has quit the group to join the party’s dominant right faction.
UPDATED: Liberal insiders have demanded Steven Marshall intervene to avert looming preselection bloodletting amid escalating infighting and revelations of a renewed – but shortlived – bid to parachute Alexander Downer into the party leadership.
EXCLUSIVE: A frontrunner for the Liberal Party nomination to replace Isobel Redmond in the vulnerable Hills seat of Heysen has refused to comment on a social media post in which he appears to call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to resign, arguing he has “failed” at national leadership.
The leader of a rebel union says a clean break from the SA Labor Party remains on the table, lamenting there is “something broken” in the party’s culture, after the ALP’s factional machine ruthlessly swept aside a challenge for an Upper House vacancy.
UPDATED: SA Labor’s factions have splintered in a messy preselection brawl, with union threats to break away from the ALP and two prominent union bosses today nominating for the Upper House amid a protest at a factional stitch-up that has many party insiders seething.
Premier Jay Weatherill has anointed left-faction colleague Jo Chapley to stand for Labor in the key seat of Adelaide, InDaily can reveal, as the ALP tries to claw back Liberal-held seats for the first time in over a decade.