The retirement of Labor’s former leadership duo and one-time rivals for the Premiership, Jay Weatherill and John Rau, has stoked factional tensions within the ALP, with Right faction insiders bitter that the Left is only paying ‘lip-service’ to a push to bring more women into parliament.
In today’s Notes on Adelaide, Labor is likely to choose a woman to replace former Deputy Premier John Rau in his safe seat, while the Libs are busy picking winners of their own – at least when they can muster enough votes. Plus, who’s who in the shuffle of local media management jobs.
Labor leader Peter Malinauskas appears to have softened his rhetoric about the political future of his party’s former leadership duo, Jay Weatherill and John Rau, amid internal speculation about whether they will see out their four-year terms.
Deputy Premier John Rau has been dealt a body blow in his state seat of Enfield, with the Greens refusing to send him their preferences – and threatening to place him below SA Best on their How To Vote cards.