Australian Left Review

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Margins: Faction Friction


Shaun Carney


Being Victorian Premier in 1992 doesn't just mean having to deflect the blows of your opponents on the other side of the Speaker. Equally important is knowing how to bluff, cajole and otherwise bamboozle the more vociferous opposition within your own ranks. In the first week of May Joan Kimer had threatened to take her government over the cliff to an early election to quell the discontent within the Victorian Labor movement over her plans to corporatise the electricity, water and gas utilities.