Patrick Deegan, Labor’s candidate for Page, hails from Casino, which is at the electorate’s heart. As a long-time local and through his work in the social welfare sector, Patrick knows people are struggling. Unemployment, insecure jobs, financial stress, homelessness, mental health concerns and cost of living pressures are hurting our community.
Patrick and his partner Gail have raised and educated four children – three school aged and one just entering the workforce – and are invested in quality education and secure jobs. With an elderly mother living locally, Patrick understands the valued role aged care services play in the electorate.
Patrick believes that Labor values are union values. Fighting for workers’ rights and campaigning to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people has characterised his union activism.
Patrick believes regional people deserve the same opportunities and services as those living in the cities. The current government, with the Nationals’ backing, has failed regional Australia. Cuts to childcare, aged care, schools, TAFEs and universities, high unemployment, insecure work and wage theft must stop.
Patrick is a local who listens. As part of a united Labor team, Patrick will fight for a fair go for every member of his electorate.