Building Sustainable Communities

With our population expected to increase significantly over the coming decades, NSW Labor must continue to recognise the importance of sustainable communities for all people in society.

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Our economic future

Australia is in its 23rd year of continuous economic growth. The success of the Australian economy is not due to luck or good fortune.

The former Federal Labor Government’s economic management during the Global Financial Crisis ensured that we were one of only three advanced economies out of 34 to avoid recession.

 

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Prosperity and Fairness at Work

With the conservatives in power at both a State and Federal level, the labour movement must be vigilant against attacks on the rights of working people. We have already seen the NSW Coalition attack workers with a wage freeze on public sector pay, cuts to workers compensation and the sacking of over 15,000 public servants. Federally, the Coalition has already foreshadowed plans to cut penalty rates and bring back draconian policies such as the ABCC.

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Stronger Democracy and Social Justice

The pursuit of social justice is at the heart of the labour movement. Party members can look back with pride at the achievements of the former Federal Labor Government. Federal Labor introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme, amended 85 Commonwealth laws to remove discrimination against same-sex couples and implemented an historic increase in the age pension. Congratulations are extended to all those Ministers who were responsible for these important reforms.

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A Healthy Society

The previous Federal Labor Government had many achievements in health policy. The Committee wishes to recognise the work undertaken by the former Government, particularly Health Ministers Nicola Roxon and Tanya Plibersek. Labor can be proud of its record, including the National Health Reform Agreement, the Preventative Health Taskforce, cigarette plain packaging, the Living Longer – Living Better plan and the rollout of the eHealth system.

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Australia and the World

Labor has a proud history when it comes to foreign policy – Curtin’s leadership during World War Two and building relations with the United States, Evatt’s role in the establishment of the United Nations, Whitlam’s recognition of China, Hawke’s role in defeating apartheid and Keating’s leadership in forming APEC.

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Country Labor 2014

Since the Annual Conference met in 2012, Country Labor has been busy campaigning, organising and recruiting across rural and regional NSW – contesting Local Government elections around the state, the Northern Tablelands by-election and the 2013 Federal Election. Preparations are now well underway for the 2015 NSW Election, including the Country Labor Conference, which will be held in Queanbeyan from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October 2014.

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Education and Skills

The Abbott Government’s continuing unprecedented attacks on education at every level means that there is now a very clear distinction between Labor and the Coalition, at both State and Federal levels.

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Indigenous People and Reconciliation

Twenty years have passed since the Native Title Act commenced operation. It is important to reflect upon what has been achieved in that time, but also to consider what more needs to be done to achieve reconciliation and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Australians.

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