John Robertson elected as Australia's New South Wales Labor leader

14:14, March 31, 2011      

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Former union leader John Robertson was elected unopposed as Australia's New South Wales new Opposition Leader on Thursday, Labor Member of Parliament Richard Amery informed the media after a Labor caucus meeting on Thursday morning.

The caucus of Labor Members of Parliament held its first meeting at NSW Parliament on Thursday to choose a new leader after the party's massive state election defeat on Saturday March 26.

Robertson was the only MP to stand for the party leadership, vacated by Kristina Keneally.

After the 50-minute meeting, Labor MP Richard Amery told the media that Robertson had been elected unopposed as the new Labor leader.

"John Robertson, the member for Blacktown, is the new parliamentary leader of the Labor Party of NSW," Amery told reporters outside the opposition party room.

In his first press conference since being elected Labor leader, Robertson on Thursday promised to be the hardest-working opposition leader the state has ever seen.

"I will lead a Labor Party that will stand up and fight - fight for the little people, fight for working people, fight for the people who struggle every single day to make ends meet," he said.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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