5.1 Purging disloyalty
ALP Sussex Street
Chapter 4: Carr’s ‘regeneration’ sowed factional vengeance
4.1 Carr’s leadership ethos
Chapter 3: Carr’s policy pendulum had reached its apex
CHAPTER 2: Carr’s Departure out-manoeuvred the Faction
The rise to effective control of NSW Labor, by its then Centre Unity faction, emanated from the days of uncertainty and a power vacuum created when Premier Bob Carr suddenly quit mid-way through a stable NSW Labor’s third consecutive term in office. A political vacuum is a dangerous situation, one just shy of relative anarchy, and a magnet for Machiavellians; a vulnerable time for governance.
"Should I not be Premier by the end of this day, let there be no doubt in the community's mind, no doubt, that any challenger will be a puppet of Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi." ...and with those prophetic words on 3rd December 2009, the next day New South Wales’ second puppet premier Nathan Rees bowed from the public limelight.