Natalie Ward heads NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel

June 3, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Upper House Liberal MP Natalie Ward is the new chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel following its formation meeting last week.

Natalie Ward

NSW Deputy Opposition leader in the NSW Legislative Council and Shadow Health and Arts Minister Walt Secord was re-elected as deputy chair. He was first elected in 2011.

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC, Mr Robert Borsak was elected as treasurer – for the first time.

“The Parliamentary Friends of Israel is the largest parliamentary friendship group and is a multi-party organisation,” Mr Secord said.

Ms Ward, who is the NSW Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General replaced former Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith who was defeated by Dr Marjorie O’Neill at the March State election.

Dr O’Neill has also indicated that she will join the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel.

Mr Secord and Mr Borsak visited Israel together in 2012 as part of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies study mission to Israel, where they visited a number of sites in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

In the same week, Mr Secord was also re-elected deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Armenia. Speaker of the NSW Parliament, Mr Jonathan O’Dea was also re-elected as chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Armenia.

Mr Secord said he looked forward to working with Ms Ward and Mr O’Dea over the next term of the NSW Parliament.

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