Labor bigwig quits post
THE man behind the election campaign that very nearly saw federal Labor booted out of government after just one term has announced he’s quitting his post as the ALP’s national secretary. Karl Bitar yesterday revealed he would stand down from the executive body at the beginning of April so his replacement could prepare for the party’s national conference in December. Mr Bitar was severely criticised by some for the way he ran the 2010 federal election as campaign director. Prime Minister Julia Gillard argued Mr Bitar had helped Labor to scrape home in the August 21 poll.