ALP leader must be directly elected: Rudd

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ALP leader must be directly elected: Rudd

AAPUpdated July 8, 2013, 5:18 pm

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wants grass-roots members to be able to have a say in directly electing the leader of the parliamentary Labor party.

Mr Rudd told reporters in Canberra on Monday he had called for a special meeting of the caucus on July 22 to discuss the federal election and party rule changes.

The key rule change would be enabling the leader of the parliamentary party to be directly elected, with 50 per cent of the vote coming from grass-roots members and 50 per cent from the caucus.

“This is the most significant reform to the Australian Labor Party in recent history,” Mr Rudd said.

Mr Rudd said any candidate for the leadership would need the initial backing of 20 per cent of caucus members.

Other leadership positions such as deputy, House leader and Senate leader, and ministry candidates would be decided by the caucus, he said.

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