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Australia Labor MP Julie Owens announces retirement

08:26  28 october  2021
08:26  28 october  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Labor MP for Parramatta Julie Owens has announced she will quit at the next election. The 63-year-old criminal lawyer - who was first elected to the seat in 2004 - said she she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren. 'I'm announcing today that I won't be re-contesting the seat of Parramatta at 'I'm now in my 18th year as the member for Parramatta and I can honestly say I've loved every single minute of it. 'I'm approaching retirement age and the time has come for me to spend more time with my family and particularly my grandchildren who don't necessarily think being a politician is the best thing

Labor member for Parramatta Julie Owens said western Sydney seen as 'bogan'. ABC broadcast a western Sydney special from a Penrith performing arts centre. Erin Foster in the audience said she lost job offer because of where she lived. A Labor MP has admitted western Sydney residents are still unfairly perceived as 'bogans'. Julie Owens , the federal member for Parramatta, said that even in 2020, her area was wrongly stereotyped as being unsophisticated despite its diverse cultural mix of restaurants.

Labor MP Julie Owens will retire from federal politics at the next election after 18 years representing the Sydney seat of Parramatta.

Federal Labor MP Julie Owens has announced she will not re-contest the next election. © Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS Federal Labor MP Julie Owens has announced she will not re-contest the next election.

Ms Owens won election to the lower house in 2004, defeating Liberal MP Ross Cameron, and has since maintained a stranglehold on the marginal electorate.

She told parliament she wanted a ballot of rank-and-file branch members to decide Labor's Parramatta candidate for the next election.

Politicians from across the chamber stood and applauded Ms Owens after she announced her decision.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese paid tribute to her legacy.

"There is no member of the caucus who has knocked on my door about the needs of their electorate more than Julie Owens," he said.

Voters still don’t know what Anthony Albanese stands for. But does it matter? .
The opposition leader is keeping his head below the parapet. It's not exactly inspiring but with Labor ahead in the polls it could be wise.It was a move designed to ram home the internal inconsistency on climate which has racked the Coalition over the past fortnight. Albanese pointed out that the renewable energy zone, backed by the NSW Liberal government, was opposed by Joyce.

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