I am happily married to Margaret (for 25 years) with four great kids, Laura (24), Jesse (21), Heidi (18) and Hannah (14). We have lived in Newcastle for the last 8 1/2 years. I am a professional Mining Engineer (49 years of age) working currently as a contract principal mining engineer. I have worked in this field for the last 26 years. During this time, my family and I have lived in most States in Australia, following the mining positions from mine to mine. We have also been fortunate to live and work in South America as a family, so as a whole I have a fairly widespread view of people and community. We are (I am) a committed Christian family who worship at St Johns Anglican Church in Cooks Hill - Newcastle. I am publicly stating my faith as any decisions and actions I undertake should be measured against my beliefs.
I have been blessed to achieve many things since starting my working life and chief amongst those is my family (mostly my wife, Margaret), but with each challenge I undertake I succeed through my own endeavour. I do not subscribe to patronage or a “jobs for the boys” view of the world, I have little respect for those who do. I believe you will earn respect from your peers by standing up for what you believe, I respect people who have principles and ethics/morals and who are self starters and “doers”, not the well connected and self serving types. I know I fall into the previous category in this regard and any one who knows myself will confirm this.
I am standing for the rank and file policy committee as I belive the Labor Party is desperately in need of good men and women. Men and women who are highly competent, highly ethical and moral. Good policy and good representation will come as a natural result if we seek the best from among our membership, NOT from the most connected or ambitious (without the corresponding ability).
You find out more about myself by visiting my Linkedin page at.......http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-wood/3b/918/326
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