NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has shared her vision, values and priorities for the state in a historic address at the 2020 NSW Labor Convention.
Promoting the NSW Labor Party’s promise of ‘Securing a Fairer Future’, this was Ms McKay’s first major address to party members since being elected leader in 2019.
The convention, held on Saturday, is also the first of its kind in Australian politics, being held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Ms McKay addressed the issue of corruption, after Premier Gladys Berejiklian failed in her legal obligation to report disgraced former Liberal MP Daryl McGuire’s misconduct to ICAC.
“This is about integrity in public office and the standard we set for politics in NSW,” Ms McKay said.
Ms McKay shared her own experience of reporting corruption concerns to ICAC in 2011 and how she made the decision to return to politics due to an overwhelming feeling that NSW deserved better.
The Labor Leader announced that when Parliament returns on Tuesday she will demand its first priority be to pass Labor’s ban on Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries receiving commissions from property developers.
“What we’re seeing in ICAC can never be allowed to happen again and the Government needs to pass this ban into law without delay,” Ms McKay said.
Having grown-up in country NSW and now the MP of one of the state’s most diverse communities in Strathfield, she said she was committed to leading for all of NSW.
“I understand the city, the regions and the country – and I want to be a Premier for all of NSW,” she said.
“People elect Liberal-National Governments to keep the status quo. They elect Labor to paint on a new canvas, to navigate the changes that are coming and to imagine a better tomorrow.
“I want to lead a state where every person matters – and every community has a future.”
Emphasising the importance of jobs on the back of the state’s current recession, Ms Mckay said “the best Labor Governments always take society forward in a way that brings people along.”
“We also know it’s when times are tough that people turn to Labor for hope and renewal and the vision of a better future.
“Together, let’s fight hard to put in place a NSW Labor Government that can build that future – for everyone.”