NSW Labor leader calls for better school security

May 19, 2016 by J-Wire
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NSW Labor president Mark Lennon has pledged to do whatever possible to ensure all Jewish schools “have the same gates and fences as all other schools”.

Melissa McCurdie, NSW Labor Party president Mark Lennon, Vic Alhadeff.

Melissa McCurdie, NSW Labor Party president Mark Lennon, Vic Alhadeff.

Addressing the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum on Tuesday night, Lennon said he “prayed for the day” when this would eventuate, stressing how “saddened” he was to drive past Jewish schools and witness the need for armed guards at the gates.

Lennon spent 30 years as a union official and seven years as Secretary of Unions NSW.

Making a presentation to Lennon, Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff acknowledged his “strong and principled support for the Jewish community and Israel – even when it was not popular, even when it was unpopular. We never take that for granted. We hope this gift – a menorah – will find a place on your shelf as a mark of the friendship of the Jewish community and the great esteem in which you are held.”

Lennon co-hosted a Unions Passover dinner with the Board of Deputies two years ago.

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