The 2015 Queensland Labor State Conference is the opportunity for ALP members across Queensland to build our Party as an inclusive, active and campaigning Party.
In 2012, our Party gathered at Conference and set the course for the rebuilding of our party in the wake of the 2012 election loss. We made it easier to join, to become a candidate, to engage in Labor policy development and to vote for local candidates.
The number of ALP members in Queensland has almost doubled and new branches across the State are spreading the Labor campaign across our State.
And the welcoming of new members, new ideas and new enthusiasm was undoubtedly a key plank in Annastacia Palaszczuk’s historic defeat of Campbell Newman and the LNP.
But there is more we can do. As Queensland Labor members, we must continue to grow our Party to campaign for fairness and equality. Labor can’t remove Tony Abbott from office without winning seats here in Queensland.
The last three Conferences have seen our Party change our Rules and structures to provide more of a role for branch members. Now the task is to bring more people in to local branches. This Conference, we must put in place the practical measures to welcome new members and value existing members.
Since becoming State Secretary, I have started the next stage of building a stronger Party by:
- Employing more Organisers to support local campaign activity; and
- Basing an organiser in North Queensland to support the growth of branches in the North; and
- The return of regular member newsletters, ensuring branch members get up to date information on our campaigns.
State Conference will also be a chance for Labor members to debate our Party Platform, with policy ideas from Regional Conferences across the State.
As we return to Government here in Queensland, this Conference is our chance to set a new course for Labor in Government.
Over the weekend of Conference, I want to hear from Labor members how we can continue to build and what we can do to support more Queenslanders getting involved in our Party.
I want to be State Secretary of a Party that values the contributions of its members. Labor is at is strongest when local members campaign for the values they believe in.
Evan Moorhead is the State Secretary of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Labor Party