The Victorian State Labor Party has enjoyed an unusual boost in party membership over an extremely short time. Hundreds of new members signing up over one week-end when, for twenty years, they might have been lucky to get two new members per month.
A new Labor branch-stacking scandal has erupted in Bill Shorten’s home state, with a flood of up to 1400 prospective ALP members in Julia Gillard’s former seat of Lalor and applications frozen in other suburban electorates.
The freeze on the memberships — many of them from members of Melbourne’s large Indian community — comes just months after the party expelled hundreds of bogus members in the biggest purge in its history.
One source said “this is recruitment on a scale that we have not seen in 20 years”, with 400 applications submitted in just one weekend in the federal seat of Holt in Melbourne’s southeast.
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