Title Statement by the Hon P J Keating
Database Press Releases
Date 18-08-1987
Source Keating, Paul, MP
Author KEATING, Paul
Citation Id HJA02001727
In Government no
Major subject ABBOTT, Tony, (former PM)
MP no
System Id media/pressrel/HJA02001727


Statement by the Hon P J Keating

HOUS E OF REP RES ENTATI VES

P ARLIAM ENT OF AUS TRALIA SUITE 17. CAPITAL CENTRE

41-45 RICKARD ROAD

BANKSTOWN. N.5.W. 2 2 0 0

TEL. (02) 7 0 9 4 9 9 8

HON. P. J. KEATING. M.P.

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND

STATEMENT BY THE HON P J KEATING

Today I have submitted to the Governor-General my resignation as the Member for Blaxland in the Parliament of Australia.

I have served the Parliament and the people of Blaxland to the best of my ability for going on twenty seven years. I hope I have given them good service because they deserve nothing less.

I leave the House of Representatives with my faith not just intact but very much stronger. I have always believed in the rights and capacities of Australian working people to make good lives for themselves and their families, and more than that, to make Australia a better place. I have always believed that the desire of ordinary Australians to build a better life is the dynamic and progressive force in our national

life. I have always believed that they were the nation builders. And so I have always believed that it is the responsibility of those who represent communities like Bankstown and Canterbury to provide ideas and leadership.

The quality of life and the opportunities of Australians in these communities are determined very much by the broad-brush issues. The economy and its growth, employment opportunities, an equitable wages system, access and equity to health care and to education and the other important elements of income and service support under the safety net have been central to their lives. As a member representing these communities, communities not marked by substantial levels of independent means, I have always believed that improving these things in the broad was the very best way of improving individual lives and opportunities and strengthening those communities. The last dozen years have thoroughly confirmed me in this view.

I leave very proud of what the Labor government did, of what the labour movement did, and of what Australians did in the past decade to build a competitive Australian economy and marry it to a good Australian society. The economy is strong and diverse. We have a sophisticated social wage. We are now well placed to succeed in the world. These are the essential preconditions of a good life for ordinary Australians in the next century.

It has been an extraordinary privilege to play a part in these great events and with the deepest sincerity I thank the people of Blaxland for giving me the opportunity to serve them and the country.

<

I also sincerely thank the members of the Labor Party in the Blaxland electorate for their unfailing support throughout the years including those who believed in me and gave me a chance in supporting my candidature for Blaxland while in my early twenties. And the many who are not with us any more.

I know my successor Kim Beazley will inspire another wave of Labor Party supporters and confirm the faith that a large body of the Australian people have in the creed and essential goodness of the Labor Party.

For the many in the suburbs and communities of this country it will be on him that they will depend and they will find no better champion.

CANBERRA 23 April 1996