Jewish Labor candidate for the NSW Legislative Council

March 12, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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South Coast community development adviser and former eastern suburbs resident Michelle Miran is running for the ALP in the NSW Legislative Council – the State’s Upper House.

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Michelle Miran’s grandparents were members of Central Synagogue and Temple Emanuel. She is a member of a small vibrant Jewish community on the South Coast where she has lived for a number of years and reports that the Jewish community numbers around 100 in the region.

Ms Miran of Vincentia on the State’s South previously worked at NSW Industry and was CEO of a number of local and national NGOs.

Ms Miran is number nine on the ALP ticket and is in a winnable spot.

Other ALP candidates on the NSW Legislative Council ticket include Deputy Labor leader Penny Sharpe, Local Government Shadow Minister Peter Primrose and Upper House incumbent members Greg Donnelly and Daniel Mookhey.

In 2003, the ALP secured 10 spots and in 2007, it won nine seats in the NSW Legislative Council with 39 per cent of the vote.

In August 2018, Ms Miran co-hosted a meeting of South Coast Jews in the home of Deb Shapira, a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem is the daughter of NSW Jewish Board of Deputies general franchise member, the late-Miron and late-Judy Shapira.  Deb Shapira’s father, Miron Shapira ran as a State candidate in Lane Cove in 1981 and 1984; and in 1973 in the famous Gordon campaign, where the Liberal candidate forgot to nominate and the DLP won.

Ms Miran, who attended St Catherine’s at Waverley also ran as a Labor candidate for the South Coast in the 2007 State election.

NSW Shadow Health Minister and deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel, Walt Secord said she is in a “winnable spot” and would be a fantastic addition to the State’s Upper House.

“Michelle Miran is a tireless worker for rural and regional NSW. I’ve had a lot to do with her – especially in her efforts to support health services on the State’s South Coast – which have been downgraded under the Berejiklian Government.”

Ms Miran said: “Walt Secord and South Coast Labor have already announced that a Labor government would restore maternity services at Milton-Ulladulla Hospital and upgrade Shoalhaven Hospital as well as build a new hospital at Eurobodalla.”

“The Berejiklian Government has the wrong priorities.  The Liberals and Nationals are splurging on stadiums while Labor will invest in schools and hospitals.”

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