NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley today announced former local Mayor Jerome Laxale as Labor’s candidate for the electorate of Ryde in the upcoming state election and reiterated a key commitment in Labor’s education policy.

Mr Foley confirmed that Ryde resident; councillor and business owner Jerome Laxale would be Labor’s candidate in the March 2019 election while he addressed a crowd at the Eastwood Lunar New Year event. 

Labor’s candidate Jerome Laxale has represented the community at the local government level since 2012 - including as mayor from 2015-2016 – and has been instrumental in anti-discrimination and anti-racism programs in the community.

While announcing Labor’s candidate Mr Foley also reiterated his commitment that a Foley Labor Government will ensure that every primary school student in NSW will study a second language.

Labor’s pledge would provide the resources and tools for every NSW primary school to facilitate language teaching following full consultation with the education sector to determine the most effective and efficient ways to roll out the program.

Learning a second language is currently not compulsory in NSW primary schools. In NSW fewer than 40 per cent of primary schools have a language program – and the majority that do are in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“Jerome Laxale is a stalwart of the Ryde community with an enviable track record of achieving great results for his community. 

“Key events like Lunar New Year are a reminder that the work Jerome has undertaken to build a  multicultural society is pivotal to its success.

“Our future economic prosperity relies on doing business in Asia, yet in NSW the number of students studying Asian languages is declining. 

“Primary school children in NSW deserve every opportunity to get a head start in life to compete in an ever changing world. This policy is about bringing NSW schools up to speed with other states and the rest of the world.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Ryde Jerome Laxale

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to represent the community that I live in and started my family in.

The Ryde community have had to put up with a Member of Parliament that’s been missing in action – promising the world but delivering nothing.

“I want to build on my track record on delivering and enhancing recreational space in Ryde. We have fought to save Blenheim Park, upgraded ELS Hall to an all-weather surface and revitalised Waterloo Park. I am also proud to have supported measures to improve housing affordability and reduce the cost of local childcare places”.