Senior Labor figures John Faulkner and Jenny McAllister call for change to candidate selection

Labor elder John Faulkner will push for the direct election of Senators by ALP members and a new pledge to uphold ‘‘integrity’ by all Labor candidates.

Senator Faulkner will use the next NSW Labor conference to attempt to amend rules around preselections for the senate and the state upper-house.

In a letter to the party rank and file in NSW, he said the reform would take power from a ‘‘small number of factional leaders’’ and put it into the hands of all members.

But there was immediate resistance to his proposal, with some on the Right interpreting it as little more than a ‘‘takeover attempt by the Left’’.

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