Towards 2019


Towards 2019 – A Fairer NSW – Campaigning to win!

NSW Labor will ensure it is campaign ready for the next NSW State and Federal Elections.

With two significant elections to be held within one year, NSW Labor has to be prepared.

To build on our achievements at the 2016 Federal Election where Labor won 24 of 47 seats in NSW, our Party must work hard to win the seats needed to form Government.

At the Federal level, there is increasing uncertainty over the Liberal/ National majority, and the viability of the Turnbull leadership.

We need to be prepared for a Federal Election at any time, and with the State Election in such close proximity in March 2019, our Party needs to be campaign ready”

This is our call to action: we will fight for every vote at this election. That campaign starts now.

As part of our plan to move onto campaign footing, NSW Labor will:

  • Call nominations for all NSW State seats prior to March 2018
  • Call nominations for all Federal seats prior to March 2018
  • Launch a recruitment campaign to grow our Party
  • Immediately appoint the NSW State Labor Joint Campaign Committee (under Section R of the Party Rules)  
  • Immediately appoint the NSW Federal Campaign Strategy Committee
  • Immediately undertake an audit of all incumbent campaigns
  • Go out to tender for the Party’s research, advertising and creative, including the appointment of a Research/Advertising subcommittee to consider these proposals
  • Begin advertising for staff, and hire staff on a merit-based selection process, including:
    • Organisers
    • Field Directors
    • A Training Director
    • Commence the Campaign Insight Training Academy Program
    • Launch the ‘A fairer NSW’ website immediately
    • Hold Town Halls in every seat in NSW between now and the end of 2018
    • Roll out a campaign materials package for all unheld seats
    • Hold training for incumbent MPs and staff to ensure campaign readiness  
    • Begin phase two of the trial for NSW Labor’s online donations and disclosure system announced at the 2016 NSW Labor Annual State Conference
    • Launch our campaign for rural and regional seats, targeting electorates outside of Sydney, to be headed up by our regional Senators and MLCs and Candidates. 

Please note, there are no changes to meeting requirements for Party Units. The 2017 and 2018 Party Unit meetings and Annual General Meetings should still be held as required under the Party rules, however 2019 Party Unity Annual General Meetings will be considered at a later date pending the date of the Federal Election.

All Federal Electorate Councils should prioritise Federal campaign matters.

NSW Labor will report back on the progress of this recommendation at the 2018 NSW Labor Annual State Conference to be held in June 2018.