13 June 2011

Branch News Update - June 2011

June meeting adopts stance on key issues

The June general meeting of the Annerley Branch has adopted resolutions on several key issues including school funding, the co-called 'Malaysian solution' and the export of live animals.

Members at the meeting were unanimous in their call for the Gillard Labor government to ensure that a future funding model for public schools would be 'genuinely equitable and sustainable'. The resolution also noted the current imbalance in funding for both the private and public school sectors.

The June meeting also unanimously called on the Gillard government to immediately cease plans to expel asylum seekers from Australia to Malaysia. Many members expressed grave concerns over the announced plans, highlighting Malaysia's failure to sign the UN's convention on refugees.

Also passed, with strong support from Branch members, was a resolution requesting the federal government to 'immediately and unconditionally ban all live animal exports from Australia'. The resolution noted widespread community concern over the practice, which was exposed in a recent Four Corners documentary. Details of that documentary can be found at http://alturl.com/5epub

Annual Book Drive another success

Annerley Branch member, Sharif Deen
with Naomi from the Bookshop
The Annerley Branch annual book drive to assist the very popular Annerley Community Bookshop has been hailed another success.

Branch Secretary, Rod Beisel, has praised members for their support of the project. "Once again, branch members have helped out, providing us with a huge number of books. It's great to see such strong support for one of our key community organisations", he said.

On hand to help deliver the bumper load of books, was Annerley Branch member and Tennyson pre-selection candidate, Sharif Deen.

"The Annerley Community Bookshop is an integral part of our local area and I am proud that, once again, the Annerley Branch could help out with such a great range of donated books", Sharif said.

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