Mark Latham writes in the Australian Financial Review on how factional powerbroker self-interest is driving Labor’s support for more corporate welfare for the car industry:
As a Victorian powerbroker, Carr relies heavily on the support of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union – the same mob that sponsored the parliamentary career of the corrupt NSW minister Ian Macdonald. Carr’s strategy was to pay huge amounts of public money to industries such as car manufacturing to prop up the union’s membership coverage and consequently, its influence inside the ALP. He created a political cartel: using his caucus numbers to support leadership candidates who gave him the portfolio he needed to feather-bed his sub-factional base.
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