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Statement by Michael Byrne - President of the East Liverpool Progress Association
I am no political careerist, more a catalyst. I am 70 years of age living in Sydney's southwest around Liverpool. I have broad experience in local civic engagement and community development - leadership and/or founder role in the East Liverpool Progress Association, Moorebank Community Association (closed), Liverpool Boating Association ( now Chipping Norton Sailing Club), Garie Surf Life Saving Club - active lifesaver (2000 to 2010) and President 2007-2010, Chair : Australian Antigonish Cooperative Development Limited... occupationally engaged in IT Services since 1968. President of Technology Advancement Group - a national body of IT business systems consultants.
I acknowledge membership of two political parties in the past.
In 2011 I joined the Democratic Labour Party with the goal of making it a wider political reality after it had a Victorian Senator elected in 2010-11. I was expelled from the DLP by a cabal of interstate Catholic Latin-Massers and some men haters. Note: My Christian faith is informed by, and my worship practice is in, the Catholic Church.
In 2019, I gave assistance to Mark Latham in his election to the NSW Legislative Council by standing as a Candidate for my local seat of Holsworthy for his One Nation Party.
I recognise the general malaise of politics across what is called "the West".
What has "gone west" is the sense of public service in the political caste. That has morphed into political careerism which puts "Party Power First". Self-interest reigns as the key motivator in politics. Whether they are the "go-getters" or the dopey Party seat fillers.
This social cancer has leaked into the public service - long gone is the spirit of frank and fearless advice.
This is evidenced in the experience of East Liverpool, and beyond, with the advancement of the Moorebank Intermodal Freight Terminal (MIFT).
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