Country Labor candidate for Myall Lakes Dr David Keegan will be participating in the NSW Labor State Conference next weekend (July 26-27) in Sydney – as the ALP prepares for the forthcoming March 2015 State election.
With more than 800 delegates, drawn from branches and affiliated-trade unions, it is the largest political gathering in Australia.
Candidates will meet with other party members, State and Federal Parliamentarians as well as Shadow Ministers to discuss and debate policies affecting their local communities.
This year’s conference, entitled: Putting People First, reflects the cruel cuts to services by both the Abbott and Baird governments and their impact on families and businesses across the State.
“They say that every Prime Minister and Premier sets a direction for the country and the State. Sadly, Tony Abbott and Mike Baird have created a dog-eat-dog world where the poor and disadvantaged are forced to fend for themselves,” David Keegan said.
“State conference is an important step in formulating Labor’s policy and direction in the lead-up to the next State election and I look forward to contributing to that process – specifically raising country concerns.
“The National Party and country Liberals have taken rural, regional and coastal NSW for granted. They have slashed vital programs and closed health and education services."
Federal Parliamentary Leader Bill Shorten and New South Wales Parliamentary Leader John Robertson will be among those giving keynote addresses to conference.
As part of the two-day conference, there will be a session solely devoted to country issues – the Country Labor session.
In addition, there will be debates on building our State’s economic future and protecting workers rights and entitlements.
David Keegan was looking forward to debating the impact of lack of funding for Manning Hospital and local roads and bridges, on the Myall Lakes Electorate on rural and regional communities.