Victorian Labor statement

Tuesday 23 June, 2020: The majority of people living in Wills voted in support of a Labor government at the last federal election, entrusting their vote to a party which has a long history of representing everyday Australian’s and fighting for fairness.

This is why, as Labor member myself and as your Federal Labor MP, I am deeply disappointed by the unacceptable conduct and the offensive language that has been revealed in the media last week.

I welcome the swift and decisive action Premier Daniel Andrews and Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese have taken, rightly referring these matters to Victoria Police and IBAC.

This behaviour simply does not reflect the experience and reality of the vast majority of the 16,000 Victorians who are members of the Labor party who are genuine, passionate and dedicated local Labor members.

People who joined Labor to make a difference, who I work with every day to make a positive contribution to our society.

These are the kinds of people who when they see an injustice or a problem put their hands up and say how can I help? How can I be part of the solution? The kind of people who take time out of the busy lives of work and study and family to campaign, volunteer, exchanging ideas, debate the critical issues that our country face and help develop positive policies to be part of creating a better future for their kids, for our planet, for all Australians.

Our membership is also proudly diverse. People from all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, all genders, sexualities, cultures, religions, abilities make up our Labor party. People bring with them the wisdom of their differing experiences and this diversity makes our party only stronger.

There is no doubt that this is an incredibly difficult period for our party, but I know that the thousands of committed and dedicated Labor members in Victoria and across the country will show, as we always have done, who we really are and what we value.

The passion of the true believers can never be diminished in the fight for fairness, justice, and equality of opportunity.

My office is open and ready to assist any member of our community. Please never hesitate to get in touch if I can help in any way: peter.khalil.mp@aph.gov.au / (03) 9350 5777