PETER Alley will be Country Labor's candidate for the seat of Lyne at the September 7 federal election.
Mr Alley has been a member of the Labor Party for more than 20 years. He is 52 and is married to Elke. Between them they have eight children with two still living at home.
Mr Alley has worked in IT, banking and financial industries. In more recent times he has worked with schools and churches. A resident of Camden Haven, Mr Alley is an IT consultant who is also studying law at Southern Cross University.
A community minded person, Mr Alley is a parish councillor in the Camden Haven Anglican Church, a volunteer with the Camden Haven State Emergency Services and president of the Hastings Morning Talkers Toastmasters Club.
He lists rock climbing, caving and body surfing as his personal interests along with spending time with family and friends.
Mr Alley says that Labor believes in educational opportunities for the people of Lyne.
"It is Labor that invests in regional Australia,'' he said.
Mr Alley said the National Broadband Network provides a clear distinction between what Labor is delivering to Lyne and what the National Party want to deliver.
"Labor's National Broadband Network is a fast industrial strength network, built from the ground up and by delivering fibre to the premises, provides sufficient capacity for the rest of the century.
"The Nationals want to cease the roll out of optic fibre to our homes and instead rely on an aging copper network that has reached its use by date,'' he said.
"The Nationals don't care that once again, regional Australia will get a second rate service. Labor has delivered much more to this electorate in the last six years of government than the Nationals were able to deliver in the 11 years of the Howard government.
"Labor believes in education at all levels and its importance to regional Australia. In the last six years under Labor, regional campuses of these universities have either opened or expanded in Port Macquarie and Taree, providing more opportunities for young people to stay in our regional communities. Through the Building the Education Revolution program, Labor has made the largest capital investment in our schools in Australia's history. Labor is committed to improving education through the Gonski reforms.
"The Pacific Highway upgrade did not really start to happen until Labor was elected in 2007. In the 11 years of the Howard government only $1.3 billion of federal funds were spent on the highway. Since 2007 through to 2015 Labor will spent $4.1 billion and have committed another $3.6 billion to compete the highway when the NSW government matches it dollar for dollar in accordance with the Auslink agreement,'' Mr Alley concluded.