Victorian ALP Member Ousted for Branch Stacking

Posted on: Tue 16 Jun 2020

On Sunday night, reports were made that Adem Somyurek, Victorian ALP Cabinet member and power broker, was guilty of ‘branch stacking’ with 60 Minutes and The Age. 

The Cabinet and Labor party have quickly acted with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews removing Somyurek from the cabinet – with ALP leader Anthony Albanese following suit.

Branch stacking is a form of electoral fraud that has been occurring in Australian politics for decades, particularly in the Queensland ALP. It is where silent party members are enrolled without their knowledge to manufacture support for a party member.

Associate Professor at the Department of Government and International Relations in University of Sydney, Anika Gauja, joins Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to elaborate on these allegations.

Produced by Leon Bishop

Image sourced: AAP


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