La­bor party to talk pol­i­tics at lo­cal pub

Alpine Observer - - News -

A ‘POL­I­TICS in the Pub’ event will be held by the Alpine branch of the Aus­tralian La­bor Party in Myrtle­ford on Satur­day.

The event will take place at the Myrtle­ford Ho­tel start­ing at 4.30pm and will fea­ture Fed­eral MP for Scullin An­drew Giles and Nick With­ers from La­bor’s LEAN move­ment.

Ti­tled ‘La­bor and the En­vi­ron­ment: A Con­ver­sa­tion’, Satur­day’s ses­sion will be an open fo­rum for dis­cus­sion around lo­cal con­cerns around the en­vi­ron­ment and La­bor’s pol­icy re­sponses.

“The Alpine branch has been plan­ning for some time to have a se­ries of in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tions with the com­mu­nity around is­sues of con­cern,” Alpine branch sec­re­tary Zu­vele Leschen said.

“We were lucky to se­cure two high pro­file speak­ers for our first event.”

Nick With­ers will ex­plain LEAN, stand­ing for La­bor En­vi­ron­ment Ac­tion Net­work, and how the cam­paign’s pro­posed re­form is nec­es­sary for safe­guard­ing nat­u­ral as­sets and places and ac­knowl­edges that vi­brant healthy ecosys­tems un­der­pin eco­nomic and so­cial well­be­ing.

“I am very much look­ing for­ward to a con­ver­sa­tion about why bet­ter stew­ard­ship of our en­vi­ron­ment is es­sen­tial for our sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and for the well-be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties and how LEAN’s pro­posed re­form should be a key con­sid­er­a­tion for a fu­ture La­bor gov­ern­ment’s pro­gres­sive eco­nomic and so­cial agenda,” Mr With­ers said.

An­drew Giles, who was elected to Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment as the Mem­ber for Scullin in Septem­ber 2013, will speak later in the evening.

Mr Giles has served as Shadow As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Schools since 2016, a role in which he has fo­cused on La­bor’s poli­cies for stu­dents with dis­abil­ity, ru­ral and re­gional schools and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion in high school.

He has also served on a num­ber of par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees in­clud­ing Elec­toral Mat­ters (of which he is the deputy chair); Priv­i­leges; Em­ploy­ment, Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing; and In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Cities.

En­try to Satur­day’s event is free.

SPEAKER: An­drew Giles will be at the Myrtle­ford Ho­tel on Satur­day.

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