27 September 2011

Branch News Update - September 2011

Members support inquiry into Australian media

The Annerley Branch has voiced its support for an extensive inquiry into existing media laws, with a focus on media ownership, privacy protections and the need to review the role of the regulatory body, the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA).

As part of a broader discussion into the current state of the Australian media, Branch members supported a resolution that noted the concentration of media ownership as well as the growing perception that political reporting is lacking a suitable level of objectivity.

The resolution, debated at the September general meeting, was adopted unanimously and will be conveyed to Federal Communications Minister, Hon Stephen Conroy. Since then, the Federal Government has announced an inquiry into our media, which will focus on 'regulatory processes and industry structures', but has ruled out the issue of ownership.

For more information about the inquiry please visit http://bit.ly/rmVlZV

Annerley shows its support for Simon Finn

Annerley Branch members, eager to demonstrate their strong support for local State MP, Simon Finn, turned out in huge numbers recently at a fundraising event held at the Fox Hotel. Organised to help fund Labor's re-election campaign in Yeerongpilly, the event was a massive success, with over one hundred Party members and supporters attending the function.
Members were keen to support Simon
Speaking at the event, which was also attended by Queensland Environment Minister, Vicki Darling, Mr Finn thanked local branch members for their support and their hard work. He contrasted the record of the State Labor Government with that of the policy free Opposition which was still trying to 'cover up their internal divisions'.

Mr Finn also told supporters that he believed that the next state election was still winnable for Labor as only the Government had presented policies that would continue to ensure the future prosperity and sustainability of Queensland. 

Regional Conference date announced

The Queensland Branch will hold its Brisbane southside regional conference on Sunday 6th November at the TLC Building, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane. The conference, which is an important part of the Party's policy development process, is open to all current financial members of the ALP.

Signficantly, the 2011 regional conference will be one of the last opportunities for rank and file members to voice their support for the proposed organisational reforms which will be debated at the National Conference which will be held in December in Sydney.

For more information about the conference, please contact the Annerley Branch secretary on email at info@annerleylabor.org

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