Sri Lankan selected by the NSW Labor Party to stand for a Senate Seat
June 13, 2016 10:31 am
The Australian Labor Party in New South Wales (NSW) officially announced that Jagath Bandara has been nominated by the NSW Labor Party to the Senate ticket for the Federal election on 2 July.
Jagath is originally from Sri Lanka and he is the first ever Sri Lankan person of sub continent heritage and the community to be nominated for a Federal Senate ticket by the NSW Labor party.
Senate Candidate Jagath Bandara in his statement to ‘Ada Derana’ said, “Ever since the day I arrived in this country, I have tirelessly worked with all sectors of our diverse community, worked hard collectively to bring justice for low paid employees and help many workers have the voice they deserve in their respective jobs. The trust that the community has shown in me is an honour and I am grateful for the recognition given to my work.
It has been nearly 20 years since I commenced working with the Union Movement – AMWU and have continued to do so until today.
During my entire time in Australia I have closely worked with various communities and supported many when the need arose and there was an opportunity to help create a positive environment for the advancement of the members of those communities.
Australia is a land of opportunity and many persons from various echelons of the Sri Lankan community in Australia have benefitted from such opportunities. I have watched with pride and satisfaction their success and the enhancement of their socioeconomic status.
I have recently been selected and honoured to be a Senate Candidate for Labor Party in NSW at the upcoming Federal Election.”
He has also requested Sri Lankan community living in Australia to vote on July 2, carefully considering what is best for Australia and our community.