With a disappointing state election well and truly over, local Branch members have kept themselves busy helping out with the local Council elections in the Brisbane City Wards of Moorooka (Cr Steve Griffiths) and Tennyson (Shane McKenna), as well as the by-election for the vacated state seat of South Brisbane (Jackie Trad).
Despite the devastating result of the recent Queensland election, many Party members, and supporters, are keen to continue the fight, helping out with campaign duties in lead up to the 28th April poll.
Members have provided an enormous level of assistance over the past month - staffing street stalls, letter-boxing, helping with campaign and community events, doorknocking and phone canvassing.
The strong level of support has been described by some as a demonstration that local grassroots activism has not been dampened by the outcome in the state election.
Anna Bligh and Simon Finn thanked for their service
Members attending the recent April general meeting of the Annerley Branch were keen to express their thanks for the excellent level of local representation from former state MPs, Anna Bligh and Simon Finn. As part of an overall resolution on the state election result, the Branch formally voiced its 'sincerest gratitude' for the dedicated service that both Anna and Simon provided as elected representatives.
Simon Finn was on hand at the Branch meeting to personally thank members for their strong level of support, not only during the recent campaign, but over the last 8 years.
Members keen for election review, re-build locally
Branch members have unanimously resolved to call on the State Administrative Committee to initiate a comprehensive, open and transparent review into the conduct of the last term of the Bligh Labor government as well as the management of the 2012 state election campaign.
Feedback from rank and file members was emphatic that a genuine review of Labor's time in government is essential to any process of re-building Queensland Labor and regaining the trust of voters.
Specifically, the resolution adopted by members also called for pre-selections for winnable state seats to be conducted by no later than 31 March 2013, as well as demanding that the process be truly democratic and wholly transparent.
Members have also agreed that to regain seats lost in Labor's heartland - which includes the state seat of Yeerongpilly - there must be a capacity to conduct a suitable level of effective continuous campaigning.
Since the resolution was adopted, it is understood that the Queensland ALP will be conducting an inquiry into the recent state election. Members will be encouraged to participate in the review process, as the Party looks toward rebuilding in the years to come.
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