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Chris Bowen against Labor making deal with Greens

TREASURER Chris Bowen has moved against the minor political party which helped keep Labor in government for the past three years.

In an interview aired on ABC's 7.30, Mr Bowen said he believed Labor should never enter into a political deal with the Greens again.

He said the views were not a reflection on Julia Gillard's decision to form government with the party during the hung parliament.

But Mr Bowen did say the Labor Party "should govern alone and that we should not enter into formal deals with other political parties".

He told ABC the ALP believed in things that the Greens fundamentally disagree with, and that, in future, Labor should govern alone.

Mr Bowen this week released a political book revealing his thoughts about the inner workings of the Labor Party, and how it should be reformed.

A key reform he advocated for was a 50% of the vote for party leadership to be given to members - which Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has already acting on.

That reform, which Mr Rudd announced on Monday, was welcomed by some left union leaders, while many on the right were critical of it, fearing it may result in less union control of the party.

But rather than trying to loosen the union's grip on the party, Mr Bowen said his changes were about "embracing organisational reform to grow".

"And I do suggest in the book that we remove the requirement in the rules, which is usually not actually implemented, but is still in the rules, that if you are eligible to join a trade union then you join the trade union to be a member of the Labor Party," he said.

"I do suggest moving away from that rule in the book."



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