Farrell’s political education came via his father – a six-time candidate for the Democratic Labor Party, the party created when the Catholic Right split from the ALP a year after Don was born.
… While Don Farrell’s father Ted was a DLP candidate on six occasions, Don himself has never been in the party.
He is the leading member of the tight-knit Catholic group that’s spent years despising the Left and taking control of the party.
… Farrell used the numbers and organisational structures of the union movement to strengthen and stabilise the influence of the Catholic Right in the ALP taking key positions on the ALP State Executive and gathering votes on the party’s conference floor.
He is nicknamed The Pope and The Godfather