NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has welcomed Country Labor’s candidate for Murray and praised him for being a staunch advocate for his community as councillor there for the past nine years.

Michael has lived in Leeton for over 35 years with his wife Leeanne, a nurse. They have raised three sons there.

Michael is a strong representative of his local community having served over nine years on Leeton Shire Council. He is also the Chair of the Roxy Theatre Committee, Secretary of the local Tidy Towns Committee and a member of the Leeton United Football Club Committee. He has previously served as president of the Leeton Preschool Committee and two years on the school council of St Joseph’s Primary School in Leeton.

As a Radiographer for Leeton Health Service and a member of the Leeton Local Health Advisory Committee, Michael will fight the Nationals’ cuts to local health services. 

Last month the Griffith community came together to rally against a reduction of services at the Griffith Hospital. Over 100 community members came out again to directly tell Premier Gladys Berejiklian that the fight will continue against these harsh cuts.

Michael believes that access to reliable water for irrigated agriculture is not only the key to survival of the rural communities in Murray but also future growth and opportunities.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley

“We’re delighted that Michael is going to take on the fight for Murray at the upcoming by-election.

“He knows better than most the impacts that the Berejiklian-Barilaro’s government cuts have had on Murray healthcare.

“I know he’ll campaign strongly on this issue and bring to light the impact the cuts will have on the families of Murray.

“Michael has spent 35 years living in Leeton and is heavily involved in all aspects of community life. I know he’ll be a great advocate for families throughout the electorate who are suffering as a result of Liberal-Nationals’ polices.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Murray Michael Kidd

“I’m honoured to be selected as Country Labor’s candidate for the upcoming by-election in Murray.

“As a radiographer, I’ve seen how the cuts from the Liberals and Nationals in Sydney have impacted our local community, particularly when it comes to our local health services.

“Murray needs someone who understands the local area and who will fight against the privatisation of regional hospitals and cuts to local health services.

“We need someone who will fight for more local jobs and stop the cuts to TAFE.

“It’s time we sent the Berejiklian Government and those Nationals up in Sydney a message.

“Only Country Labor will keep our hospitals in public hands and secure funding for regional health services.”