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If Harry Quick has to go, the ALP should expel O'Connor and McLean as well

Media Release
Christine Milne 6 Aug 2007

Labor is exercising a double standard in its treatment of Franklin MHR Harry Quick, Tasmanian Greens' Senator, Christine Milne said today.
 
"If the ALP is fair dinkum about Harry Quick's 'Labor crime' it will apply the same standard to the CFMEU's Michael O'Connor and Scott McLean.
 
"Harry Quick's crime of being seen to campaign with and for Liberal candidate Vanessa Goodwin is nothing compared with Michael O'Connor and Scott McLean giving ringing endorsement to Prime Minister Howard in the closing days of the 2004 Federal Election.
 
"Former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, has described Michael O'Connor as a 'Labor rat' in part because he helped to deliver two Tasmanian seats to the Liberals in 2004, yet the ALP has elevated O'Connor to its National Executive and continues to allow both him and Scott McLean to influence pre-selection and party policy.
 
"If Labor determines that Harry Quick has to be expelled, yet fails to act on its long-standing rats in the ranks, then Paul Keating was right when he said the reason O'Connor had not been drummed out was, ".. Because people are too gutless, that's why.  And nobody these days likes the fights.  They all want consensus results. Well you don't get big issues resolved like this, just by consensus."[1]
 
"Most likely what we'll see is Harry Quick punished and expelled from the party he has served, while the duplicity of O'Connor and McLean will continue to be rewarded as key power brokers in the Party machine," Senator Milne said.
[1] Ajani, Judith.  'The Forest Wars', Melbourne University Press, 2007. p 135

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