Ms Garrett was hoping to make the switch to the Upper House but was not backed for preselection. (AAP: Angust Livingston)
Former Victorian cabinet minister Jane Garrett has failed in her bid to move to the state’s Upper House after the left faction backed union boss Ingrid Stitt.
The preselection decision is set to inflame tensions inside Victorian Labor.
Ms Garrett is not contesting her marginal seat of Brunswick at next year’s state poll and had hoped to continue her political career in the Upper House.
Despite winning more local votes in preselection than Ms Stitt for Western Metro, the left faction caucus voted to endorse Ms Stitt at the central panel ballot.
It is understood there was serious anger from some elements of the left, including those loyal to Premier Daniel Andrews that there was “meddling” from elements of the right faction in the left spot.
Relations between Ms Garrett and the Premier have been strained for some time over the CFA workplace dispute that ultimately lead to Ms Garrett quitting cabinet rather than endorse a deal for the United Firefighters Union.
Since leaving the ministry, Ms Garrett has had a major health scare after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The decision has angered some in the ALP who said it was the loss of talent and that the blame lay with the Premier.
“She has been treated appallingly,” one senior figure said.
But another party figure said: “Garrett should have just stayed in her seat”.