Lismore mayor supports criticisms of former Labor government
LISMORE mayor and Labor Party member Jenny Dowell has supported criticisms of the former NSW Labor gov- ernment as "shameless" advocates for the property development and resource industries.
An earnest attempt to publicly distance Labor from the actions of the "Terrigals", the group of right-wing factional allies led by disgraced powerbroker Eddie Obeid, has emerged, with elder statesman Senator John Faulkner and NSW MP Luke Foley (pictured) both weighing in recently.
Mr Foley attacked his pre-2011 Labor colleagues two weeks ago, claiming they had dismantled the environmental agenda set by former Premier Bob Carr, who departed office in 2005, and his predecessor Neville Wran.
"I know Luke Foley, I count him as a friend, and I admire the way he has spoken out," Cr Dowell said.
"My name was linked with theirs in a very nasty political campaign (in 2008) with photos of people like Eddie Obeid, Michael Costa, and others with big red crosses through their faces and my face saying 'don't let Labor wreck Lismore as they have wrecked NSW'," Cr Dowell recalled.
"I was constantly asked, and have been even in recent times, why I stay a member of a party that has allowed such atrocious behaviour. I stay because they don't represent Labor values; there are good Labor people who are honest and ethical," she said.
The public criticisms come during a scandal-filled Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearing into the conduct of Obeid and former mining minister Ian Macdonald while in office.
The ICAC hearing has already been touted as exposing the most far-reaching corruption in NSW since the convict era.