The Honourable Anthony Albanese (federal member for Grayndler and Shadow Minister for Cities, Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Tourism) has written to the Friends of Millers Point to declare his support to the cause of the Millers Point community and to formally take up the role of patron of the organisation.
In his letter of acceptance Mr Albanese acknowledges the achievements of the Millers Point campaign to date.
“I have been greatly impressed by the solidarity, commitment and discipline the people of Millers Point have demonstrated in your struggles to save one of Australia’s strongest and oldest communities from being torn apart by the Baird Government”, writes Mr Albanese.
“What is happening in Millers Point today is wrong.”
“When Mike Baird looks at Millers Point he sees dollar signs. When I look at Millers Point, I see a community made up of people who deserve respect and care.”
“The Government is selling off homes on the seemingly rational economic basis that the proceeds can be used to build more public housing elsewhere.”
“Economic rationalists know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
“No-one in the Baird Government has considered what is being lost in this transaction – a living, vibrant, caring community.”
“We might not be able to express that value in dollars and cents, but only a fool would pretend it does not exist”
“It is not too late for the Government to change course”.
“The SGS Economics report, which I was proud to join with the Friends of Millers Point last year to launch, demonstrates the clear economic benefits of maintaining a good social mix in the inner city.”
“In particular, the Government can demonstrate economic judgement and a social conscience by abandoning its planned sale of the purpose-built Sirius building, which is desperately needed to provide homes for key workers and pensioners nearby to jobs and services in the CBD.”
“I am proud to support your cause. Together let’s continue the fight to save Millers Point,” concludes Mr Albanese.
Friends of Millers Point Convenor, Kelli Haynes, said Mr Albanese had an established profile as an advocate for both public housing and the Millers Point community.
“The Friends are very excited to learn that ‘Albo’ is able to lend a hand at this critical time in our campaign.”
“His involvement marks a new phase in our campaign with potential to broaden our support base, stop further sales and recommit the Sirius building to the purpose it was designed to meet,” said Ms Haynes.