29 November 2011

Branch News Update - November 2011

Annerley Labor endorses Civil Partnerships Bill

The Annerley Branch has expressed its strong support for the introduction of historic legislation that would see the legal recognition of all Queensland couples, regardless of gender. Members at the November general meeting supported a resolution that not only applauded the move, but also called on all State Labor MPs to back the Bill, which is sponsored by Treasurer, Andrew Fraser.
The Branch resolution, which was carried unanimously, argued that the proposed law would be 'an expression of Labor's commitment to the traditional values of social justice and equality'.

A letter outlining the resolution was conveyed to the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Caucus earlier this month.

Members support key fundraising events

Local Branch members and supporters were out in force recently, attending two fundraising events for both Yeerongpilly MP, Simon Finn and Brisbane City Councillor, Steve Griffiths.

A trivia night, which was held late last month at the Moorooka Bowls Club in support of Cr Griffiths, was easily won by a team fielded by the Annerley Branch.

Dropping by as a surprise guest, was Labor Lord Mayoral candidate Ray Smith, who spoke to attendees about his passion to see Brisbane City Council return to the 'right priorities'.

The second event (pictured), a cocktail night held to assist Simon Finn's campaign to retain his state seat, was well supported with a great turnout from local and city wide Party members.

Simon thanked attendees for their continued support and for their recent campaign assistance, reminding them that the State ALP was still a Party of ideas, compared to an Opposition that had yet to articulate its core policies.

National Conference delegates urged to support reforms
The Annerley Branch has written to Queensland based delegates, seeking their support for the package of organisational reforms that are due to be debated at the upcoming ALP national conference. Earlier this year, Branch members engaged in a robust discussion regarding the recommendations of the 2010 national review, resolving to support its overall direction to democratise the Party.

'Members want to see genuine democratic reform of their Party', Branch Secretary, Rod Beisel stated. 'The time for real, meaningful change is now and any delay will only see a further decline of our traditional base'.

Up for consideration at the Sydney conference will be proposals that would seek greater member involvement in both the election of delegates to national conference and the  pre-selection of candidates.

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