NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE
SUNDAY, 1 JANUARY 2017
BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: G’day. On behalf of my family, I want to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy 2017.
Wherever you are and however you are celebrating across Australia, I hope you get a chance to spend some time taking it easy with friends and family.
2016 was a difficult year for many Australians. As a nation, we witnessed unhappiness far too often.
From the scourge of drugs and violence against women, through to youth unemployment and older Australians unable to get re-employed.
So as we look ahead to the challenges of 2017, it is clear that too many people are feeling left out and left behind.
The Labor I lead will continue to stand up for the things that matter to ordinary Australians.
And there is no more important issue to me than jobs.
To those who simply want a good, secure job in 2017, my united Labor team and I will keep fighting for you.
We’ll keep standing up for Medicare and we’ll fight for a decent education for our children - whether they’re at school, university or TAFE.
And we’ll keep working hard to build a strong economy that delivers for all Australians.
I sincerely hope 2017 will be a year full of joy, good health and success for you and your family.
Happy New Year!