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Research Report 43: Labour and Labor: unions, party and government in Queensland

In his TJRyan Foundation Research Report, Howard Guille writes that ‘Queensland premiers need to manage their political party as well their government. For the LNP, and its National and Liberal predecessors, it is mostly a matter of the parliamentary caucus. An ALP Premier has a more intense task of dealing with the party’s constituent unions, its branches and organised factions. Since these are not well understood, and even deliberately misunderstood, it is easy for the parliamentary opposition and media commentators to portray an ALP premier as in thrall to unions and various non-elected party forces.’

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