The Labour Party conference is on this weekend. It is a different event this year and is being held digitally. Last night’s events included welcomes, Rino Tirikatene singing a wonderful waiata solo, and senior Ministers answering questions and describing the newsworthy event for them in the past 12 months. The winner was a toss up betweeen Chris “spread your legs” Hipkins and Carmel Sepuloni’s son pointing out the phallic nature of a carrot during a Zoom meeting although questions are still being asked why Stuart Nash had to take his shirt off to be vaccinated.
Today there will be speeches from senior party figures and debate on proposed constitutional changes. The most contentious is likely to be that giving a two third majority of Caucus the right to select a new leader and bypass the rights of members and affiliates to have a say in who the new leader should be. The New Lynn LEC has proposed that this should be 75%. It should only be in the clearest of cases that members’ and affiliates’ rights to have a say in who the new leader should be should be curtailed.
There is a media drum beat that this is evidence that Jacinda may stand down. Nothing could be further from the truth. The constitutional changes are part of the usual review of the constitution and there are a few bugs that need to be ironed out.
I will put up a copy of the leader’s speech when I get my hands on one this afternoon.