A right faction majority would have helped the leader’s ability to navigate fraught issues

The Labor right faction’s effort to secure a majority in its own right at the party’s national conference, which would help Bill Shorten navigate politically fraught debates, has been dealt a blow by a strong turnout for the left in Queensland.

With the Queensland delegation for the national conference now settled, the left faction will field 193 conference delegates in December and the right 195 delegates, with Queensland’s “old guard” group numbering five, with seven independents forming a conference crossbench.

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