ALP Party politics no more.



If ever there is an incentive to resign from a political party it would have to be meeting the people that are running them. I thought I would dip my toes in the water and some three months ago, again decided to join the Local Branch of the Australian Labour Party here in the Southern Highlands.

Some many years ago I belonged to the same party but let it lapse when the monthly meetings seemed to be mainly about protocol, pre-selection fights or endless passing of minutes of previous meetings contested by some. It seemed to drag on forever. The ennui was overwhelming. Almost as bad as watching cricket.

Having just gone to my second meeting and having had some discourse with one of the leaders I have decided to give it a miss again. There is nothing worse than trying to regain of what has passed. I have resigned from the ALP but am considering now joining the Greens. At least they are concerned about the dreadful plight of refugees and more importantly the state of our planet. The old ALP stalwart warrior that I had admired but from a distance, turned out to be nothing but a huge disappointment at closer range.

He, the ALP leader always had his critics, especially after he wrote a book.

A major self absorbed ageing shadow of earlier years. Perhaps he was always like that but I was just taken in by a kind of Stockholm syndrome. He might well have always been the Emperor without clothes. A man now obsessed with taking revenge at the political world he once resided in and which now, no doubt, affords him a handsome pension.. A master of endless rants and boring rhetoric steeped in the past.

Good riddance and goodbye ALP.

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23 Responses to “ALP Party politics no more.”

  1. M-R Says:

    I couldn’t join any organization so obsessed with how any meeting is to be run, Gerard. Besides, I don’t like Shorten. As to who I DO like … imnsho it has to be either Bowen or Wong – no other choices. Plibersek is one of the worst speakers in Plmnt I’ve heard: I can’t work out why she always seems so unprepared. Nice woman but.
    If Shorten’s still there and the ALP hasn’t worked out its own platform re refugees by next election, I might become a Greens voter too. Reluctantly, I have to say …

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  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    The meeting was all about words of rueing the past and how the ALP has lost its way, not only because of lack of policy but because of personalities. Anyway, were off to see a movie, ‘ The trip to Italy.’

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  3. auntyuta Says:

    Hi Gerard,

    so sorry it did not work out for you after this feel good first meeting when you wrote the following:

    “I felt back home again with usual time taken up by the necessary rituals of all meetings, the passing of last meeting’s minutes, correspondence and the passing of motions. I was pleased to a positive sign emerging when a motion was passed, unanimously by the Moss Vale branch in favour of Australia being urged to also accept Palestine’s seat to the UN as an observer state. (Australia abstained from the voting in favour of Palestine even though 138 countries approved.)

    The meeting closed at 10pm and there was tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards. A good meeting.

    I drove home while the outside temperature was 4c. Helvi was there, nice and warm, watching the tail-end of Q&A. Milo jumped up as well.”

    It is great that you did give it a try, Gerard. Meetings like this are not every ones cup of tea. I hope the Greens meetings are run more to your satisfaction. Wishing you best of luck!

    Cheerio, Uta

    P.S. I took the liberty to publish a link to your blog about asylum seekers which you did publish last year and I also published some of the comments and your replies. I hope this is all right, if not I am going to cancel it.


  4. M-R Says:

    Coogan and Bryden ! Look forward to your opinion …


  5. Lottie Nevin Says:

    You can’t go wrong voting Green :mrgreen:


  6. rod Says:

    Ee Cummings once wrote that a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat but a man.


  7. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    It is miserable to find your good intention misfiring, but the Green party sounds a good option. We have a real problem here for the upcoming election. The present lot are making life for the disadvantaged even worse, the others are not grabbing the electorate very effectively… I’d better not go on.


  8. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Entertaining comments from all. We have two choices over here and I don’t like either one. Dr. Advice belongs to one and I to the other. It keeps things on the level, because neither of us get too excited.


  9. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    The devil ALWAYS seems to take what he wants.


  10. Patti Kuche Says:

    I keep waiting for politics and religion to be declared psychiatric illnesses . . . .

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