Dumped: Labor candidate for Hotham, Monash Councillor Geoff Lake

 Quote from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd:

‘‘If you’re going to talk about a new way for Australian politics, which is positive, not negative, brings people together, doesn’t divide people, but also is respectful of people, including their gender, then I believe you’ve got to take some hard decisions from time to time. That’s what we’ve done, and I stand by them.’’

The Prime Minister had issued a statement late on Saturday night saying he had asked for Mr Lake to be disendorsed following an investigation by ALP national secretary George Wright and said ” …….I cannot be confident that he has met the standards that I would expect and demand from members of the federal parliamentary Labor Party.”

Read more from the Age 10 Aug 2013

ABC News (11 Aug 2013) also reported

The Labor Party’s election campaign has been stunned by the loss of two candidates in one day, just a week into the campaign.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been forced to dump the Labor Party’s candidate for the safe Victorian seat of Hotham, Geoff Lake, over his failure to disclose an altercation with a colleague 11 years ago.

Meanwhile, Labor’s charge for the north Queensland seat of Kennedy, Ken Robertson, has stood aside over comments he made about Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Last night Mr Rudd issued a statement saying he had requested the party’s national executive remove Mr Lake as the endorsed Labor candidate for Hotham.

Mr Lake, a Monash councillor, last month won a bitterly fought pre-selection to contest the seat being vacated by long-serving Labor frontbencher Simon Crean.

Mr Crean’s former seat is currently a very safe Labor electorate, with a margin of 14 per cent.

But Mr Lake lost the Prime Minister’s confidence after he was forced to apologise for verbally abusing a fellow councillor during an argument at a Monash Council meeting 11 years ago.

News Corporation newspapers reported that Mr Lake apologised to the woman at the time and regretted his actions.

“I was a young mayor and I got angry one night and I spoke to her in angry way, which I acknowledged then and I acknowledge now,” Mr Lake said, according to News Corp.

Mr Rudd says he has stepped in.

“Earlier today, I asked the National Secretary to report on a range of allegations concerning Mr Lake’s conduct in his previous career in local government – in particular his conduct in relation to fellow councillors at the City of Monash Council,” Mr Rudd said.

“The National Secretary has informed me that he is not satisfied that there has been full disclosure about these previous matters.

“Based on the investigation, I have concluded that it is inappropriate for Mr Lake to continue as the endorsed Labor Candidate for Hotham.

“As such I cannot be confident that he has met the standards that I would expect and demand from members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.”

Within minutes Mr Lake’s profile had been removed from the party’s website. Mr Lake has not returned the ABC’s phone calls.”

More news visit:

  1. ABC news 11 Aug 2103
  2. News.com.au
  3. The Age 10 Aug 2103
  4. The Australian 10 Aug 2103

A few weeks ago, this is what Geoff Lake had to say about he representing ALP’s “generation next”  – click here to watch the video.