NSW Campaign Launch

February 03, 2019

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi launched the New South Wales state election campaign last Saturday at the spectacular Sydney harbourside mansion ‘Clifton’.

At the launch the two leading candidates for the NSW Upper House were announced.

Dr Greg Walsh is first on the ticket for the NSW Legislative Council.

Greg is a Sydney based lawyer, author, university lecturer and is dedicated to defending free speech and religious liberty, promoting limited government, supporting families, improving community safety, reducing energy costs, and ensuring our immigration and refugee programs work in the national interest.

He has published many articles promoting conservative views in a range of journals and newspapers including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, Quadrant and The Spectator.

He graduated from The Australian National University with undergraduate degrees in science and law, from The University of Sydney with a Master of Laws degree and from Curtin University with a doctorate on the topic of how religious schools should be regulated under anti-discrimination legislation.

His professional legal experience includes working for a medical negligence firm, the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Ben Irawan is second on the ticket for the NSW Legislative Council.

Ben is a public speaker, entrepreneur, influencer, community builder, educator, business consultant and an accomplished musician.

He has many years of business and professional experience at high level management positions. He has been involved in the music industry, film and video production, advertising and marketing, publishing, education, various non-profit organisations and more recently in politics.

A few of his achievements include:

  • Founder and director of Kingdom Culture Christian School, a 21st century school educating and equipping the next generation for the future.
  • Director of Focus on the Family Australia, a family advocacy group founded by Dr James Dobson in America to help families thrive.
  • Chairman of Dads4Kids, a non-profit organisation encouraging fathers to be active with their children (their annual Fathers Day TV ad was banned in 2018 because of political correctness as it was considered to be offensive material).
  • Founder and director of Sydney Easter Parade and Family Day, an annual event held every Easter Monday attracting thousands of Sydneysiders and tourists.
  • Senior pastor of Life Centre International, a thriving church with congregations in Sydney and Wollongong.

Many of the candidates for the NSW Lower House were also announced including Steve Busch (Ryde), Colin Taggart (Wagga), Gary McMahon (Orange), Adam Novek (Liverpool) and Stacey Mitchell (Pittwater) with more candidates to be announced shortly.

It was an inspiring day for NSW Conservatives with Senator Bernardi and the lead candidates providing an update about the Party’s progress and the plan for success in the upcoming NSW election on March 23.

There is still time for members and supporters interested in being a candidate to nominate themselves for the Lower House and/or Upper House. Anyone interested in being a candidate should contact jmacaulay.acnsw@gmail.com and svincent.nsw@gmail.com.

Here are some highlights from the presentations. To view the full proceedings click here

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Pictured: John Macaulay, Ben Irawan, Greg Walsh, Cory Bernardi (front row) Sophie York, Sally Vincent

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