Australian Labor Party National Executive

The Australian Labor Party National Executive is an internal executive body of the Australian Labor Party charged with directly overseeing the general organisation and strategy of the party. Twenty members of the National Executive are elected by the party's National Conference, which is the highest representative body of the party's state and territory branches. The other eight members are party ex-officio members. Members on the Executive may be officials of trade unions affiliated to the party, members of federal or state Parliaments, or rank-and-file ALP members. The ex-officio members are the National President, the National Secretary and two National Vice-Presidents (who are directly elected by Labor members), and the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party,[1] but of these only the party Leader has a vote.

Labor Party National Executive
Key people

The National Executive is concerned mainly with organisational matters. It does not decide party policy, which is determined by the National Conference. The National Executive does not elect the party's parliamentary leaders, which is done by a ballot of both the Parliamentary Caucus and by the Labor Party's rank-and-file members. The National President or Vice-President are elected by party members. Its most public role is to act as the final arbiter of disputes about parliamentary candidacies (preselections). On these matters the National Executive usually votes on factional lines. The Labor Right faction holds a majority on the National Executive,[2] though it did not hold a majority at the 2015 National Conference.[3]

The power of the National Executive extends to the reorganisation of a State Branch. For example, in 1970 to improve the party's chances of electoral success, the National Executive intervened in the Socialist Left controlled Victorian Branch, involving the sacking of State officers and dissolution of the Branch. Less drastic forms of intervention are more common, such as the final arbiter of preselection disputes.[4] The executive has authority over policy as it can interpret the party’s constitution, platform and conference decisions.[2][5]

Members of the National Executive

As of September 2021, the current members of the National Executive are:[1]

Member typeMember namePositionFactionState/territoryVoting member
Ex-officio membersWayne SwanNational PresidentRight[6]Queensland
Paul EricksonNational SecretaryLeftVictoria
Mark Butler MPSenior Vice-PresidentLeft[6][7]South Australia
Mich-Elle MyersJunior Vice-PresidentLeft[8]New South Wales
Ali AminNational President of Young LaborRightSouth Australia
Trish Marinozzi National Labor Women's Network Co-Convenor Right New South Wales
Kay Densley National Labor Women's Network Co-Convenor Left Northern Territory
Anthony Albanese MPLeader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor PartyLeft[9]New South Wales
Elected membersSenator Tim AyresSenator for NSWLeft[10]New South Wales
Steve BakerQueensland Branch Secretary of the Australian Workers UnionRightQueensland
Susie ByersVictorian Labor State PresidentLeft[11]Victoria
Josh PeakSecretary of the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association South Australian BranchRightSouth Australia
Senator Raff CicconeSenator for VictoriaRightVictoria
Kate Doust MLCMember of the Legislative Council of Western AustraliaRightWestern Australia
Gerard DwyerNational Secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees AssociationRightNew South Wales
David GrayFormer Progressive Left Unions and Sub-Branches (PLUS) ConvenorLeft[12]South Australia
Rose Jackson MLCMember of the New South Wales Legislative CouncilLeftNew South Wales
Jeannette ArmstrongUnited Workers UnionLeftTasmania
Graeme KellyNSW State Secretary of the United Services UnionRightNew South Wales
Senator Sue LinesSenator for Western AustraliaLeft[13]Western Australia
Tara Moriarty MLCMember of the New South Wales Legislative CouncilRightNew South Wales
Bob NanvaNSW Labor State SecretaryRightNew South Wales
Michael O'ConnorNational Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy UnionLeftNew South Wales
Michael RavbarQueensland State Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy UnionLeftQueensland
Amanda RishworthFederal Member for KingstonRightSouth Australia
Wendy StreetsQueensland State Secretary of the Finance Sector UnionLeftQueensland
Shannon Threlfall-ClarkeVictorian State Vice President of the Australian Workers UnionRight[14]Victoria
Linda WhiteFormer Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services UnionLeft[15]Victoria

Executive leaders

National Presidents

National President Period
John Ferguson 1950–1953
Denis Lovegrove 1953 – 1 May 1955
Joe Chamberlain 1 May 1955 – 1961
James Stout 1961 – July 1962
Jim Keeffe July 1962 – August 1970[16]
Tom Burns August 1970 – 7 June 1973
Bob Hawke 7 June 1973 – 2 August 1978
Neil Batt 2 August 1978 – 8 September 1980
Neville Wran 8 September 1980 – 3 July 1986
Mick Young 3 July 1986 – 7 April 1988
John Bannon 7 April 1988 – 25 June 1991
Stephen Loosley 25 June 1991 – 6 June 1992
Barry Jones 6 June 1992 – 31 July 2000
Greg Sword 31 July 2000 – 1 January 2004
Carmen Lawrence 1 January 2004 – 1 January 2005
Barry Jones 1 January 2005 – 28 January 2006
Warren Mundine 28 January 2006 – 10 January 2007
John Faulkner 10 January 2007 – 27 February 2008[17]
Mike Rann 27 February 2008 – 27 December 2008
Linda Burney 27 December 2008 – 30 July 2009[18]
Michael Williamson 30 July 2009 – August 2010
Anna Bligh August 2010 – 1 July 2011[19]
Jenny McAllister 1 July 2011 – 17 June 2015
Mark Butler 17 June 2015 – 18 June 2018
Wayne Swan 18 June 2018 – present

National Secretaries

National Secretary Period
Cyril Wyndham 1963–1969
Mick Young 1969–1973
David Combe 1973–1981
Bob McMullan 1981–1988
Bob Hogg 1988–1993
Gary Gray 1993–2000
Geoff Walsh 2000–2003
Tim Gartrell 2 September 2003 – 20 September 2008
Karl Bitar 17 October 2008 – 16 March 2011
George Wright 19 April 2011 – 30 August 2016
Noah Carroll 26 September 2016 – 26 July 2019
Paul Erickson 16 August 2019 – present
  • Cyril Wyndam was the first full time Secretary. Prior to 1963 the position was not full time[20]


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