ACTU president Ged Kearney will not nominate for the prized Labor seat of Batman.
Ms Kearney was being lobbied hard by the party’s left faction to run against Right powerbroker Senator David Feeney for the seat vacated by Martin Ferguson.
Her supporters had expected her to announce her candidacy soon but on Saturday morning she issued a statement saying she would not run.
“I want to thank all of those people who have encouraged me to run for the seat of Batman, however I will not be nominating,” ms Kearney said.
” It would have been a great privilege but now is not the right time.
” Being elected as president of the ACTU is a commitment dear to my heart and I believe I still have a lot more to do in this role given the challenges the labour movement faces.”
She said she was proud to lead the union campaign on insecure work and That she wanted to continue to be part of the team at the ACTU fighting for workers’ rights and the role of unions in our community.
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