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AustraliaNSW Labor leadership debate: Jodi McKay and Chris Minns soul search after election failures

15:51  03 june  2019
15:51  03 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Jodi McKay has confirmed she will be running for the New South Wales Labor leadership , joining Kogarah MP Chris Minns who announced his intention to run earlier this week. Ms McKay is confident she could win the 2023 state election against re- elected Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the state's

Chris Minns promises new ideas as he launches NSW Labor leadership bid. NSW Labor MP Chris Minns has launched his bid for the party's leadership , promising a "fresh and new The member for Strathfield Jodi McKay . Credit:AAP. "What it doesn't involve is blaming immigration or

NSW Labor leadership hopeful Chris Minns says the party needs to start standing for its principles in order to emerge from "12 long years in the wilderness" of opposition.

NSW Labor leadership debate: Jodi McKay and Chris Minns soul search after election failures© Provided by ABC News Labor MPs Jodi McKay and Chris Minns are both contesting the NSW Labor leadership ballot. Mr Minns made the comments as he went head-to-head with Strathfield MP Jodi McKay during a leadership debate on Monday night in front of the party faithful in Sydney.

The state party has been without a leader since Michael Daley resigned following Labor's state election loss.

Both aspiring leaders admitted there were lessons to be learned in the wake of that loss, as well as the loss at the federal elections.

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Chris Minns and Jodi McKay will battle it out for the NSW Labor leadership following the party's bruising state election defeat in March. Minns , the member for Kogarah, threw his hat in the ring on Thursday, arguing he would be the " new generation" leader Labor needed after three successive

NSW Labor frontrunners: Jodie Mckay and Chris Minns . Credit:Kate Geraghty, Janie Barrett. To nominate, a candidate will need 15 signatures on Another Labor source said a ballot would be good for the party, after it suffered two election losses in two months in NSW . The former NSW leader

"In one election we promised many detail-specific plans and we lost," Mr Minns said.

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Chris Minns and Jodi McKay are expected to battle it out for the leadership of NSW Labor Ms McKay announced today she'd nominated because "right now I believe I can beat Gladys 'I believe I can win the 2023 election ,' Labor member for Strathfield Jodi McKay said today as she nominted for

Jodi McKay announces her bid to lead the NSW Labor Party, surrounded by her supporters in her electorate at Homebush West. Credit:Janie Barrett. “I despair that in rural areas across NSW there is a view that if you are unhappy with the National Party, you still can’t vote for the Labor Party,” Ms

"In the other election, the state election, we didn't offer much in the way of detailed plans for the future of this state — lots of criticisms, but no plans — and again we lost."I am firmly of the belief that now is not the time for us to crawl up in a ball and for the Labor party not to believe in things.

"We are at our best when we believe in things. We are at our best when we stand for principles and fight for that."

Ms McKay said it had been "a soul searching period … as I think about my values and the values that I bring to the Labor party".

"Two losses … have made us what I think is a humbled party, but from humility comes the opportunity for great things," she said.

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NSW Labor leadership debate: Jodi McKay and Chris Minns soul search after election failures© ABC News The candidates shared a moment following the debate. Both candidates agreed the party had lost aspirational and rural voters, along with immigrants.

In a dig at Mr Daley — who was captured on video claiming young people were leaving Sydney and being replaced by foreigners who were taking their jobs — Mr Minns told the crowd the party needed to focus on infrastructure, without blaming overcrowding on one element of the population.

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NSW Labor MP Chris Minns is likely to face frontbenchers Jodi McKay or Kate Washington in a ballot for the leadership of the state party, with nominations to open and close this week. Ms McKay and Ms Washington have yet to reach a decision about running but it is understood that one or the other is

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"What we can't do in NSW is blame immigrants or immigration for the failure of state governments to build public infrastructure," he said.

"It's seeing us lose faith with immigrant communities right throughout NSW — they think we're blaming them."

Ms McKay announced she would prioritise education — including increasing teacher salaries and reducing class sizes — as well as homelessness and mental health.

"I want us to talk about the difficult issues; they're not popular but they're issues that demand a Labor party response," she said.

Mr Minns said his focus would be on liveable cities, privatisation and climate change, telling party members he would better explain to voters that action on climate change was a necessary measure to protect both the state's environmental assets and its economy.

He also wanted to focus on party renewal.

"I think we have to admit that what we're doing isn't working … and we need to develop a plan, a set of priorities, that sees the people of this state vote for Labor and not simply against the Government."

A postal ballot will be sent out to Labor's 20,000 rank-and-file members in NSW later this week, before the Parliamentary caucus votes.

Those results will be combined before the new leader is announced on June 30.

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It's trust versus change in the battle between Jodi McKay and Chris Minns for the votes of the party faithful.

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