LOCAL Labor luminaries agree, Sundays' election of Bill Shorten as the party’s leader is a step in the right direction.
Mr Shorten was elected leader over Anthony Albanese, under a new system introduced by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in which the result of a ballot of the Labor rank and file members is weighted equally against a ballot of Labor members of Parliament.
Labor party member Glenn Taylor said the election process worked well.
“It’s been an exercise in democracy,” he said.
“No one can complain, I think it’s been a fair result. (Although) I’m not sure I agree with the weighting, I’d like to see Labor members given a bit more weight in the process.”
Mr Taylor believes Mr Shorten will prove to be a good leader.
“He’s a capable bloke with plenty of experience in the union, and he has a ministerial background,” he said.
Jess Jennings, who was the ALP candidate for Calare at the recent federal election, said the process of engaging the membership was a good one.
“I think it’s been effective in engaging a broader base of people and I think it’s the way all Australian politics should be headed,” he said.
Mr Jennings said he had met Mr Shorten a couple of times and felt he had what it took to unite and lead the party.
He hoped he would help end an emphasis on factions within the Labor party.
“He’s extraordinarily bright and I think he’ll be good,” Mr Jennings said.