Alastair Cameron Labour CoS

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Alastair Cameron has been appointed Chief of Staff in David Shearer’s Parliamentary office. I’m delighted to hear it; we were on the New Zealand Council together when Alastair was a law student. Along with Jordan Carter, he established Young Labour’s Summer School which has become a significant institution in the Party’s development.

Cameron has worked most recently at MAF, and before that was a senior associate at Buddle Finlay in Wellington, where he was  a public and commercial lawyer with a specialty in climate change. He spent three years as an adviser to Marion Hobbs when she was Environment Minister. He is also a Fulbright Scholar, spending an academic year studying a Master of Laws at New York University from 2005 to 2006. He says it was an amazing experience, academically, culturally and socially.

He is also the Chair of the New Zealand Aids Foundation Trust Board. He’s a very good choice.

25 comments on “Alastair Cameron Labour CoS”

  1. Pete 1

    Forgive me for asking, but what are the functions of the chief of staff? Is it a position paid out of the parliamentary services funding, or is it paid for by the party, or a blend of both? What defines a successful chief of staff? Aside from watching The West Wing I have no idea what the position entails.

    • Cactus Kate 1.1

      You get to work closely for Grant Robertson culminating in a few months time when he rolls David Shearer. After that you become entirely loyal to the new Leader like Heather Simpson (H2) did.

      • Fortran 1.1.1

        And shaft your leader.

      • why cannot you cactus C discusss a topic in a civilised intelligent manner. i would presume that is just not possible with you Torys .You must make sleazy comments . I advise you to have a look at the creepy sleazy ,underhanded way your lot carry on. In 70 years of involvement in politics here and the UK I have never meet a a Nat or Conservative that I would trust to be behind me. Their record of destuction and sleaze is well know.

        • Cactus Kate 1.1.2.1

          I’m neither a conservative or a Tory. Never even voted National. Get your labels right and follow your wn frickn advice.

          • Sitiveni 1.1.2.1.1

            However the Pink Postman’s first sentence above was 100% on the money. This site would be much better if the contributions were intelligent and lacking in caustic self interest.

  2. BLiP 2

    Bloody Marion bloody Hobbs bloody carbon credit bloody casino bloody lawyers bloody Labour. And don’t try blaming the Belmont Bouffant. Whew! That’s better.

    Where was I, oh right: good luck to Alistair, sounds like a smart cookie.

  3. Julian 3

    I wonder after this appointment, whether he will still turn up to public gay parties topless with bulging biceps, triceps and pecs? Or will he be buried with so much paper to the extent that the gym days become a thing of the distant past? I find the comments from Cactus Kate hilarious and oh so true. The re arrangement of deck chairs sets Robertson up nicely …

    J.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1

      Lets hope he pushes John Key off the stage at the ‘public gay events’. Bumping and grinding with the drag queens seems to have made Key the most popular PM ever.

      • Jim Nald 3.1.1

        Trickey is an opportunist. What has he done for gays lately?

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1.1

          What has Key done for for ‘everybody’ lately, as opposed to his crony capitalists friends

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2

      Julian you must be referring to this

      http://www.gaynz.com/articles/uploads/2/Alastair_Cameron_3.jpg

      But then that was waterfront fun run and could be any guy who is active and not a couch potato

      • Julian 3.2.1

        No the event I was referring to is a dance party called Urge where attendees with leather fetishes or those that pretend to have leather fetishes turn up to = )

        Anyways, I do hope that his appointment gets Labour up and running properly as it does look abit shambolic at times from a casual observer’s viewpoint. If they are not careful, the Greens could in due course take over as the real left to centre left party which in my books may be a good thing.

  4. bbfloyd 4

    it will be interesting to see how that changes things in the short to medium term….

    i’m hoping that it signals an improvement of focus on the important issues that need facing, as i have a feeling that the election that people are pining for now may come sooner than expected by the “smart” money….as they would have people believe they think.

    “sparkles” may find an excuse to go early to try to catch the labour party in a similar situation as 2011…. albeit for different reasons….. the 2011 version simply kept its powder dry for far too long….. they had the policies, but didn’t put them out in any meaningful way early enough to settle in peoples minds… in essence, run a “mini” campaign before the world cup… and simply reiterate, and embellish during the campaign proper….

    it might have freed phil goff up enough to let him concentrate on needling “sparkles” into some more foot in mouth…… even the more bovine amongst us can spot weasel words when they are put in context often enough…

    this time the plan would be to portray the labour party as lacking substantive policy….

    “you’ll be buying a pig in a poke”, is what my grandfather used to say…. “that thing ain’t been road tested, and you’re going to give him money for it?”

    so roll on guys…. at a decent rate of knots if you would….the clock’s ticking.

    • seeker 4.1

      +1+1 bbfloyd

    • Anne 4.2

      the 2011 version simply kept its powder dry for far too long….. they had the policies, but didn’t put them out in any meaningful way early enough to settle in peoples minds… in essence, run a “mini” campaign before the world cup… and simply reiterate, and embellish during the campaign proper….

      What was so frustrating about that scenario is that plenty of us tried to tell them they must have a pre-RWC campaign for the reasons bbfloyd has given. I remember imploring them to do so. They took not a blind bit of notice. I’m still a member of the LP, but if this lack of recognition – that ordinary members at the coal face know what they are talking about – is maintained, then I will be rescinding my membership.

      Fortunately the new president, Moira Coatsworth seems to have a genuine desire to ensure that members views are taken far more seriously than has been the case in recent years. I hope she is successful.

  5. Carol 5

    So climate change is important to him. Good. Has Alistair ever publicly voiced opinions on public services, state assets, labour relations, socioeconomic inequalities?

    PS: He has an unfortunate name. Sounds like a mash up of Alistair Campbell and David Cameron. When I first saw this post I thought it was about UK politics – never heard of Alistair Campbell before.

  6. Muzza 6

    “Cameron has worked most recently at MAF, and before that was a senior associate at Buddle Finlay in Wellington, where he was  a public and commercial lawyer with a specialty in climate change. He spent three years as an adviser to Marion Hobbs when she was Environment Minister. He is also a Fulbright Scholar, spending an academic year studying a Master of Laws at New York University from 2005 to 2006. He says it was an amazing experience, academically, culturally and socially.”

    So he has been rinsed through the appropriate brainwashing channels then. Reads as little more than another stooge. Do people not see the patterns in the training path? Let’s see how this turns out for Labour , who are now dead in the water !

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      Muzza , what you mean is ‘The Borg’ which produces half robot servants of a hive mind as in the Star Trek series

  7. deemac 7

    you gotta love how RWNJ trolls subject someone they admit they’ve never met to character assassination! Don’t they realise they just look like pathetic schoolyard bullies?
    Alastair Cameron has voiced many opinions on a wide range of issues – if they don’t know what these are, it might be an idea to find out before shooting their mouths off. But where’s the fun in that?

  8. Tiger Mountain 8

    I’ve met a few parliamentary staffers over the years and quite frankly would rather see a locked out meatworker or POA wharfie in the role to help focus Mr Shearer’s mind on the fact that the gloves are off in this time of employer militancy and asset sales.

    • Jim Nald 8.1

      Next time I see Shearer, I will inform him it is quite ok to remove his astronaut suit on planet Earth.

      • fatty 8.1.1

        “Next time I see Shearer, I will inform him it is quite ok to remove his astronaut suit on planet Earth.”

        Haha…is it possible to fire everyone within the Labour Party who voted for Shearer?
        The whole country is waiting for him to go, but we have to wait for an acceptable period of time.
        If he is fired early then he was obviously a bad choice and those who voted for him are to blame…but give him some time and that bad choice can be masked as ‘under-performance’.
        As a result National are getting away with all sorts of dodgy shit; employment issues, housing issues, restructuring ministries.

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