Labor looks to regain support
Saturday, 17th September, 2011
By Andrew Robertson
The local branch of the Labor Party will host its first “community luncheon” tomorrow, in a sign the party is trying to regain lost local voter confidence.
Branch president Darriea Turley said yesterday that the monthly luncheons would give residents the chance to discuss issues important to them and hear from guest speakers.
“This concept has been developed by the Branch to support the community members who may not want, at this time, to join a branch but are interested in the issues affecting their community,” Ms Turley said.
“We want to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community and we are responding to their concerns.”
The initiative comes in the wake of local Labor’s disastrous result at the State elections this year when the Nationals won every booth in Broken Hill for first time.
With branch membership also on the decline, the party would be hoping to recruit some new members through the luncheons.
Ms Turley told the BDT that important issues such as the proposed carbon tax or offshore refugee processing would be broached at the luncheons, which will be held at one of the city’s clubs or other venues.
She said the branch would organise for a guest speaker to talk on the subject.
Tomorrow’s lunch will be held at the Democratic Club and the speaker will be Maureen Clark, Councillor for the Barrier Teachers Association and delegate for the NSW Teachers Federation.
Ms Clark is leading a local campaign to reverse the recent amendment to the industrial relations legislation.
“The amendment to the Industrial Relations Public Sector Bill impacts the wages and conditions of all public sector workers in NSW and it is an honour that Maureen who is a great advocate for the rights of workers will be our guest speaker for our inaugural community lunch,” Ms Turley said.
Anyone interested in attending the luncheon, which costs $20 per head, should ring 04270-57967.