During June, NSW Labor will be holding a direct election ballot for the state parliamentary leadership. The contest will be between Jodi McKay and Chris Minns, both from the Centre Unity (Labor Right) faction. It will be the first ballot held for a Labor leader in any jurisdiction since the ballot between Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten after the 2013 federal election.
The election will be conducted via postal ballot with the rank and file component of the ballot closing on 21st June. The State Parliamentary Labor Party will meet on the 29th to conduct their ballot and a declaration of the result on 30th June.
Under Section P of the NSW Labor rules, 50% of the vote will come from the State Parliamentary Labor Party and 50% will be from rank-and-file members. I do understand there are nomination thresholds for candidates in the State Parliamentary Labor Party rules which are not publicly available.
Estimates of the number of voters range from 15,000 to 20,000. The 74% turnout for the 2013 ballot gives a rough indication though that participation may be less than that, especially due to the lack of excitement about the choices, especially amongst left-wing members of the party.
Given they will constitute half the vote and may override the rank-and-file vote, I have listed the state MPs that have publicly indicated who they will support to date:
|Jodi McKay||Chris Minns|
|Lynda Voltz||Greg Donnelly|
|Kate Washington||Ron Hoenig|
|Jenny Aitchison||Jihad Dib|
|Paul Lynch||Walt Secord|
|Adam Searle||Steve Kamper|
|Trish Doyle||Tania Mihailuk|
|Mark Buttigieg||Jo Haylen|
|Julia Finn||Rose Jackson|
|David Harris||Anna Watson|
|Prue Car||Shaoquett Moselman|
|Jodie Harrison||Edmond Atalla|
|Yasmin Catley||Guy Zangari|
|Anthony D’Adam||Courtney Houssos|
|Greg Warren||Nick Lalich|
A range of other endorsements have been made by unions, federal MPs and other organisations which are listed below:
|Jodi McKay||Chris Minns|
|Justine Elliott MP||HSU|
|Mich-Elle Myers, ALP National Vice President||Stephen Lawrence, Dubbo Regional Councillor|
|Mark Greenhill, Blue Mountains Council Mayor||Bill Saravinovski, Bayside Council Mayor|
|CFMMEU||Chris Bowen MP|
|Barrie Unsworth, former NSW Premier||Chris Hayes MP|
|Susan Templeman MP||Linda Burney MP|
|Sue West, former NSW Senator||Sharon Grierson, former Labor MP for Newcastle|
|NSW Senator Doug Cameron||John Robertson, former NSW Labor leader|
|Jenny Dowell, former Mayor of Lismore||Doug McClelland, former NSW Senator|
|Christine Robertson, former NSW MLC|
|Transport Workers Union|
* Did not explicitly endorse McKay but publicly opposed Minns
Some have suggested that this leadership contest is actually a proxy battle for control of Sussex Street within the NSW Centre Unity faction between the current General Secretary Kaila Murnain who is supporting Jodi McKay and those who were more supportive of her predecessor Jamie Clements who are supporting Chris Minns. If that is the case, it reinforces the ambivalent mood that many party members have about this contest.
If there are any corrections or additions that need to be made to these lists, please leave a comment.
UPDATE: Jodi McKay won the ballot with 60.5% of the vote, receiving 63% of the rank-and-file votes and 29 votes from MPs (58%) compared to 21 for Chris Minns. Overall 10,822 rank-and-file members voted, a turnout of around 61.5%.