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Campaigning around NSW
Federal Campaign underway | Northern Tablelands by-election

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Our Country Labor candidates have had a busy month, out on the hustings – talking to locals and campaigning against conservative candidates across NSW. The Federal election campaign is in full swing. Congratulations to the newly announced Country Labor candidate for Hume, Michael Pilbrow. Another round of country pre-selections have been opened by the Administrative Committee this month. Don’t forget the Candidate and Campaign Manager Training Day on Saturday 25 May 2013. To RSVP or for more information, contact me on courtney@nswalp.com or 1800 503 035. The Northern Tablelands byelection campaign is also well underway. The by-election will be

on Saturday 25 May 2013. Country Labor announced its candidate Herman Beyersdorf on Monday 22 April 2013 and within a week had opened his campaign office in Armidale. The Nationals have preselected Adam Marshall, the former Mayor of Gunnedah. The current Mayor of Armidale Jim Maher has also indicated he will contest the by-election as an independent. Herman Beyersdorf has lived locally in Armidale with his wife Corrie for the last 35 years, where they have raised their family and worked in the local community. Herman has been a local Councillor for the last 21 years, and is now Armidale’s Deputy Mayor. As a local Councillor, Herman has stood up for locals, campaigned for more industrial land to attract

regional development; and supported the “Evocities” program to bring city dwellers to relocate in regional cities and areas. Herman and Country Labor are campaigning strongly against the National’s $3 billion cut to hospitals and community health services, local public service job cuts and the Nationals’ cuts to the Department of Primary Industries. A fundraiser will be held on Wednesday 8 May at 6pm at NSW Parliament House. Tickets cost $30 per person. To RSVP for the fundraiser, or to help out on the campaign, email herman.beyersdorf@ alp.com.au Courtney Roche

NSW Country Organiser

Jock Laurie must resign as land & water commissioner

Fighting to make the North Coast CSG free
The NSW Shadow Minister for Water and Duty MLC for Tweed, Walt Secord and Federal MP, Justine Elliot have joined forces to call on the NSW State Government to make The North Coast Coal Seam Gas Free.

National Party’s Jock Laurie.

The NSW Labor Opposition called on the Premier to remove Jock Laurie as the State’s first Land and Water Commissioner after he lost National Party pre-selection in the seat of Northern Tablelands.

“After nailing his flag to the mast and publicly standing as a National Party candidate, Laurie’s position is untenable and he must resign or be removed as Land and Water Commissioner immediately,” NSW Shadow Special Minister of State, Walt Secord said.
In Opposition, Barry O’Farrell promised high standards, but as soon as he got into government he gave the Land and Water Commissioner to a dyed in the wool National Party operative. If the Premier is true to his word, he will immediately remove Laurie and replace him with a new and independent person. The Land and Water Commissioner oversees decisions involving water, mining and coal seam gas and must provide independent advice without allowing the government to pull the strings behind the scenes.

Justine Elliot and Walt Secord have joined forces to call on the NSW State Government to make the North Coast CSG Free.

“I asked Walt to come up here and help us because our State MP, Geoff Provest is failing to represent our concerns about Coal Seam Gas Mining to the NSW Government,” Justine Elliot said.
Walt Secord raised concerns about how Coal Seam Gas Mining on the North Coast could potentially impact the Tweed River and local water supplies. “The far North Coast of NSW boasts a unique quality of life and one of the biggest environmental concerns about Coal Seam Gas Mining is the impact on water resources and rivers. The only way to protect the water supplies of the North Coast is for a moratorium on CSG mining,” Walt Secord said. The community’s view on the North Coast is clear; they don’t want Coal Seam Gas Mining. The only people supporting the CSG industry on the North Coast are the National Party.

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$250 pensioner concession on council rates at risk
you consider how tough many pensioners are doing it tough with the rising cost of food, water, electricity and medicines. For more than 20 years, NSW Governments of all political persuasions have accepted that pensioners – who’ve paid into the tax system all their lives – have earned the right to modest relief from soaring council rates.

The O’Farrell Government is still refusing to rule out scrapping the longstanding $250 deduction that provides relief to pensioners battling to pay their council rates – which now average more than $2000 a year in NSW.
Shadow Minister for Local Government Sophie Cotsis said that the proposal – contained in the O’Farrellcommissioned Local Government Review Panel report – would be the final straw for many pensioners already reeling from State-approved increases in electricity bills, gas bills and public housing rents.

“I cannot believe Barry O’Farrell has even placed this radical proposal on the table,” Sophie Cotsis said.
Abolishing the $250 council rate concession is an absurd idea when

Country NSW let down by 2 years of Nationals in government
After just two years of the Nationals in Government, rural and regional NSW has been let down with some of the biggest cuts to health, education and services that the bush has seen in decades.
The Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Affairs, Mick Veitch says that country NSW is worse off under Andrew Stoner and the Nationals in Government. “It has been two years and regional NSW has been ravaged by cuts to public sector and services in NSW,” Mick Veitch said.
Under Stoner’s watch there are fewer teachers, nurses, small business officers, biosecurity officers, and front line extension officers than there were 2 years ago.

to cut services and funding in the bush. Stoner may talk up the jobs growth in regional NSW but the reality has seen only 12,000 jobs created in 2 years, down from the 68,000 created under the former Labor Government. No wonder unemployment has blown out from 5.4 to 5.8%. Stoner even tried to get a $1000 a week pay rise for his services as ‘Acting-Premier’, even though it is something he already gets paid to do as Deputy Premier.

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On the tough issues, Stoner and his Nationals Party collapse like a pack of cards in the party room when the Sydney Liberals decide

Celebrating May Day 2013
Over the last 5 years Labor has protected 7 million employees from unfair dismissal, abolished WorkChoices, introduced the Fair Work Act, lifted the tax free threshold, introduced Paid Parental Leave and delivered a $1 billion plan for Aussie jobs.
Workers are under threat at the next election. Tony Abbott still hasn’t come clean on the Liberal’s full agenda for Australian workers, other than a plan to cut 12,000 public sector jobs. May Day rallies are on Saturday 4 or Sunday 5 May. Come along and join the fight to protect workers’ rights against Tony Abbott and the Liberals.

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In 1949 Ben Chifley proclaimed our Party’s conviction, “working for the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand”.
Supporting workers’ rights is at the core of what it means to be Labor.

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