Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP hosted the first Annual Paul Keating Lecture on Thursday evening in a packed Bryan Brown Theatre.
More than 300 people joined Mr Clare to welcome former Prime Minister and Member for Blaxland Paul Keating back to Bankstown to help launch the lecture.
“Paul Keating is proof that Bankstown kids can achieve anything,” Mr Clare said.
“He was a working class kid who grew up in a fibro house in Marshall Street, Bankstown and went on to become the 24th Prime Minister of Australia and transform our economy and our country.”
This year marks 50 years since Paul Keating was first elected to the Australian Parliament.
Chris Bowen, the former Treasurer and current Shadow Minister for Health delivered the first Paul Keating Lecture.
The Paul Keating Lecture will now become an annual event in Bankstown where Mr Clare will host a prominent Australian to talk about what Paul Keating did for our country and what we can learn from him to build a better Australia.
To thank Mr Keating for launching the Annual Lecture and to mark 50 years since he was first elected as the Member for Blaxland, Mr Clare presented two framed pages from the Canterbury Bankstown Torch from the 1969 Election.
This gift was made possible with the kind assistance of the Editor of the Canterbury Bankstown Torch, Mark Kirkland and his team.
ISSUED: Friday, 8 November 2019
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