Will Jayme Diaz be the first Filipino-Australian federal MP?

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Liberal candidate Jayme Diaz. /Photo: The Filipino Australian
Liberal candidate Jayme Diaz. /Photo: The Filipino Australian

If a predicted swing of at least five per cent against Labor materialise, Jayme Diaz would be the first Filipino Australian MP in the federal parliament, observers say.

At least from New South Wales – as a young Filipino Australian lady is also known to be running for federal Adelaide.

The youthful Diaz, a Blacktown migration lawyer, was preselected last Saturday March 9 at the Parramatta Leagues Club as the Liberal candidate for Greenway in Western Sydney.

Diaz won 69-27 over his closest rival Brett Murray.

His win, according to observers, was on account of his father’s strong control over Blacktown’s four branches.

His father is Blacktown City Councillor Jess Diaz who made a very strong showing in last year’s local elections winning for the Liberals two seats out of three in his ward against one for the seating mayor Cr Alan Pendleton. In the process, Liberal gained leadership of a “hung” Blacktown City Council after more than two decades of Labor control.

For the young Diaz, it will be a replay of the 2010 federal election when he contested the Greenway seat against Labor Michelle Rowland.

Rowland won the seat over Diaz in a hotly contested battle with only a margin of 1,400 votes.

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16 Responses to Will Jayme Diaz be the first Filipino-Australian federal MP?

  1. Cesar Bartolome

    The pre-selection of Filipino-Australian Lawyer Jayme Diaz as official Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Greenway did not come easy this time.

    He had to overcome and prevailed upon a lot of challenges and opposition from his own party… after proving to them that the seat of Greenway is winnable at the time when changes were made in its electoral boundaries.

    I wish to congratulate Jayme in his victory in this first stage of his and the Filipino-Australian community’s quest for a seat in the federal parliament.

    This is the time that the Filipino-Australian community should set aside party affiliations and throw all our support to have one amongst us elected to the Federal Parliament this September.

    Jayme’s victory is ours.

    Cesar Bartolome

  2. Lolita Farmer

    CONGRATULATIONS Jayme. Your selection speaks of the recognition that you got the talent, drive, energy to carry on the best interests of the Australian people.

    Mabuhay!

  3. Ralph Posadas

    Congratulations to Jayme Diaz! Jayme is an incredible young achiever, outstanding talent, very high integrity and very likeable personality. Let us all unite and work for his victory. He will be an excellent representative for all the people! He comes as well from an outstanding family!

  4. Ruben Amores

    But is there really a Filipino Vote (or United/directed or organised voting block) in Australia? Can the Filipino Friends of Labor which is Western Sydney based for example (or a partisan “peak” organisation) stop the tide? Will the usual “mudslinger” be paid to do another round of tall poppy bashing? Abangan!

    Meanwhile, let us get to know more of these candidates. What good have they contributed to the community beside attending parties and other events (at your expense)? Is being a Filipino or getting into a picture with the candidate wins your vote? How (criteria and procedural) were they selected (or pre-selected)to be the official party candidate? Will you be voting because of their party affiliation or because they are the best to represent you and the community?

    What is comparatively very good here in Australia is the integrity of the voting system. But I am not happy with the procedure of selecting candidates. The manner of choosing party candidates should be more grassroot: democratic and broad or mass-based (elected by the rank and file members) not selected by the salaried party administrators and clerks!

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