National president’s democratisation push has infuriated Bill Shorten’s right faction

Labor’s national president, Mark Butler, is gearing up for a bruising fight with the right faction of the ALP and with some elements of the left, telling supporters he will submit a rule change democratising Senate preselections to be debated at the national conference.

Butler, who is running for a second term as ALP president on a platform of party reform, uploaded a video to Facebook on Sunday evening declaring the national conference, now scheduled for mid-December, had to crash through on this issue.

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