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Rudd Revs Up Western Sydney Labor Supporters

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PM Kevin Rudd and ALP officials and supporters including Cr Stephen Bali, leftmost
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Member for Eden-Monaro Dr. Mike Kelly, and candidate for the seat of Benelong Jason Yat-sen Li.
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Local ALP branch supporters and Federal Senator Doug Cameron, standing
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Mostly Filipino Community Ministerial Consultative Committee members and Cr.Charlie Lowles (seated)
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Macquarie seat candidate Susan Templeman, Lindsay MP & Minister David Bradbury, and Blacktown ALP branch official

Close to 700Australian Labor Party supporters including  small business proprietors and owners  gave Prime Minister Kevin Rudd  a rousing welcome  at the fund raising function held at the Tivoli Room of the Rooty Hill  RSL Club in Rooty Hill in Western Sydney Friday July 19.

During his speech, Rudd  pointed out among other things that by its record of government , the Labor Party remains the party for multicultural Australians.

Rudd opened his address with a brief greeting in Filipino language,  endearing himself with the majority of Filipino crowd ; greeted  the Chinese guests in Mandarin; recalled his visits  of places in India and in Pakistan, and recognised a few other migrants , thanking them all for choosing Australia as their home.

Rudd also mentioned his recent visit to Papua New Guinea in connection with his government’s search solution to the asylum seeker problem. Rudd emphasized that the Labor Party is a government “that chose to do something instead of doing nothing” in the face of the global financial crisis in the past

The $60 per plate function was hosted by Labor Party supporters of  Member for Chifley Mr Ed Husic and Mr Husic’s office .  Later, Mr  Husic and Labor Party local branch stalwart Mr Neil Galang in behalf of Fiipino Labor Party supporters presented Mr Rudd the iconic and symbolic Filipino national attire Barong Tagalog.

It was the first formal meeting by the prime minister with a large group of Labor Party card carrying  supporters since Rudd took over the reign of Labor Party and conseHIMG_5798 (2) (320x213)quently the prime ministership of Australia after then Prime  Minister Julia Gillard call for leadership ballot

Mr Rudd virtually held court during the  fund raiser which was attended by multicultural Labor Party supporters particularly Filipinos, Indians and Chinese migrants, even standing briefly on a chair to obtain  vantage view and acknowledge the welcoming party supporters.

Mr Rudd endorsed the record  of Mr Ed  Husic as first term parliamentarian and his contribution in advancing broadband network  infrastructure  in what he called as the government’s “investment for the future.” He asked  party supporters to help return Labor Party to government by  working  and campaigning  for the  election of Western Sydney candidates Husic in Chifley, Mr David  Bradbury of Lindsay, Ms Michele Rowlands of the seat of Greenway and candidate Ms Susan Templeman for the seat of Macquarie,. He introduced Mr Jason Yat-sen Li , candidate for the seat of  Benelong.

The program was emceed by Mr Edmund Atalla, councillor of Blacktown City Council and attended by   Federal Senator Doug Cameron, Blacktown City City councillors Charlie Lowles,, Susai Benjamin, Stephen Bali, among others. Leaders of Parliamentary Labor Party present were Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly and Federal Senator Doug Cameron.