Branch supports proposed ALP Reforms
The Annerley Branch has formally welcomed the recommendations of the ALP National Review, resolving to support the reforms and calling on national conference delegates to do the same.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the April general meeting of the Branch voiced strong endorsement of the 'general direction of the 31 recomendations', which were released publicly in February. Despite the support, the Branch did, however, articulate concerns over the suggested 'open primary' system for internal pre-selections. In the resolution, members raised valid concerns that there was a possibility that open primary proposal could be subject to abuse.
The resolution also encourages national conference delegates to consider any recommendations which will ensure a 'democratic, inclusive and participatory model of organisation'. It is anticipated that the reforms will be debated at the December National Conference.
Review of GoCard ticketing system endorsed
Branch members have expressed support for a review of the existing GoCard ticketing system. Although welcoming recent news that Queensland Transport Minister, Hon Annastacia Palaszcuk is open to a review of the system, a resolution was adopted by the April meeting calling for a re-examination of the existing fare structure, the definition of 'peak' and 'off-peak' times, and the introduction of a daily fare cap.
The resolution also notes community concern over the scheduled 15% per annum fare increase over a three year period.
Annerley ready to defend Matt Foley Shield
The Annerley Branch will be defending its hold of the Matt Foley Shield on Sunday 15th May at the Yeronga Bowls Club.
The Shield, a lawn bowls competition between local branches, is named after former State Member for Yeerongpilly, Hon Matt Foley and is held annually.
Annerley, which won the Shield from the Yeronga Branch in last years fiercely contested match, will be keen to defend its title. All Branch members and supporters are welcome to attend, with the entry price just $20, or $15 concession - which includes a BBQ. For more about the Shield event, email firstname.lastname@example.org