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article imageFoley set for New South Wales Labor top job

By Richard van der Draay     Dec 29, 2014 in Politics
Sydney - Luke Foley has indicated he would focus on driving growth in Sydney’s western suburbs, support private enterprise and opt for more upbeat agenda for Labor if he gets the nod to be New South Wales’ next opposition leader.
Foley flagged his interest in the position yesterday, confirming he will enter Labor’s leadership caucus ballot on the 5th of January. Foley is expected to be a firm favourite, ahead of Steve Whan and Michael Daley.
The news came after John Robertson’s resignation as party leader last week following his admission that he signed a letter in support of Lindt cafe hostage taker Man Monis back in 2011. Commentators have cast Robertson’s regime as largely negative, with Foley now signalling a brighter approach to the first state’s political arena.
“I will bring different priorities to the leadership than John,” said Foley. “I want the party that I lead to be a party of solutions and never a mere party of protest.”
Foley noted that he would advocate “timeless Labor values [for] modern circumstances” if he wins the leadership race, adding that he would “ignore” party factions. Previous New South Wales Labor governments have been plagued with contentious issues around the party’s powerbroking factors, often resulting in high-profile corruption cases.
In terms of policy plans, Foley did not offer any detail, other than to confirm that he would maintain Labor’s opposition to the Baird government’s sale of state assets such as electrical poles and wires. However, Foley did recently lay out plans to drive growth across Sydney’s vast western suburbs through boosting the powers handed to the Greater Sydney Commission planning body, slated to launch next year.
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