Tickets for the much anticipated 30th Light on the Hill dinner are now on sale through Bathurst Panthers.
The announcement that Senator Penny Wong will deliver the Ben Chifley Memorial Light on the Hill address this year has generated wide interest.
Senator Wong, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, will give the address at the annual dinner on Saturday 20 September at Bathurst Panthers.
“Penny Wong is a highly effective and popular Senator. She has been a sharp critic of government policies that reduce job opportunities, and her support for gay marriage reform has contributed to the great respect in which she is held by people of all ages and political backgrounds,” said Bathurst Labor Senior Vice President and former Senator Sue West.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Light on the Hill dinner, held each September to honour Bathurst’s former Labor Prime Minister Ben Chifley.
With 350-500 attending past dinners, organisers are expecting a large turn out this year.
Before entering Parliament, Penny Wong was a barrister and solicitor in Adelaide and had worked as an adviser to the Carr Government in New South Wales.
Penny was first elected as a Labor Senator for South Australia in November 2001. Between 2007 and 2013 she held the positions of Minister for Climate Change and Water, Minister for Finance and Deregulation, and Leader of the Government in the Senate.
In a 1949 speech, Prime Minister Ben Chifley coined the phrase “light on the hill” to describe the goal of the Labor movement to bring better standards of living and happiness to Australians.
Past Light on the Hill speakers include former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke, Gough Whitlam and Julia Gillard.
Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person at Bathurst Panthers, 132 Piper Street, Bathurst. For more information contact Sue West, 0418 637 538.