26 February 2012

Branch News Update - February 2012

State election campaign well underway

Local efforts are progressing well in the campaigns to re-elect local State MP's Anna Bligh (South Brisbane) and Simon Finn (Yeerongpilly). Although the 24th March election date was announced several weeks earlier by the Premier, the campaign officially commenced on the 19th February.

The Annerley Branch has provided a significant amount of local support, with members assisting with regular street stalls, door-knocking, fundraising, phone canvassing and letterboxing.

Both Anna and Simon are campaigning on the strength of their local achievements, highlighting improvements to services and the addition of new infrastructure over the past three years.

For more information about the Queensland state election, or to volunteer, please email info@annerleylabor.org or visit the newly revamped Queensland ALP website at www.qld.alp.org.au

Simon Finn campaign launch a big success

Simon Finn has launched his official campaign to be re-elected as State Member for Yeerongpilly, with a cocktail function held on 11th February. Special guest at the launch was Hon Kevin Rudd, who spoke about Labor's record in delivering for Australian workers over the past 120 years. Kevin also spoke fondly about his memories in helping Labor win the then seat of Yeronga from the Liberal Party in 1989.
Felix Gibson with Kevin Rudd
& Simon Finn

The event, attended by just under 90 enthusiastic Party members, was a timely opportunity for Simon to remind supporters of the significant achievements Labor had notched up since breaking the dominance of the conservative forces in the late 1980s. "Queensland is certainly a much better place than when we came to office in 1989", he said.

Members to help out on Clean Up Australia Day

The Annerley Branch is once again organising a local Clean Up Australia Day event for Sunday 4th March. This years activity will be held in the Laura Street Park, Tarragindi, commencing at 8.00 a.m. and is open to the public.

Clean Up Australia Day has become an integral part of the Annerley Branch calendar of events and is a testament to the Branch's strong record of community activism.

For more information about the Branch's Clean Up Australia Day activities, please email info@annerleylabor.org

Branch forms position on Sri Lanka

Branch members have supported a motion calling on the Australian Government to take a more active role in monitoring human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Responding to correspondence from human rights advocates, Branch members recorded their deep concern over the ongoing allegations of systemic human rights abuses, especially those targetted at the free press in the island republic.

The resolution passed by the Branch also calls on the Australian Government to boycott the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in 2013, if the Sri Lankan government fails to respond adequately to international concerns.

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