2022 has been a big year, and it has been my honour to represent our wonderful community in Parliament.

There have been so many significant moments over the last 7 months in Government, but I am perhaps most proud that Labor is delivering:


Our government is hard at work delivering for Bennelong, and I am looking forward to an even bigger 2023!

I have been fortunate to meet with many community organisations and attend a number of school presentations this month. We are lucky to live in such a vibrant and diverse community, and I have been inspired by the sense of community service in so many of local residents.

As the year draws to a close, I hope you are able to take some time over the coming weeks and months to relax, spend some time with your loved ones and enjoy the holidays. I look forward to seeing you out in our community soon.

Yours sincerely,

Jerome Laxale MP
Member for Bennelong


It’s not often that a Labor PM opens the office of a Labor member for Bennelong. That’s why it was so special to welcome the PM back here for that very purpose.

He had a chat to some local supporters and members of our office. I couldn’t have been prouder to run him through some of the incredible work we’ve been doing locally and some of our upcoming plans.

No official opening would be possible without you – my incredible community, so thank you to each and every one of you. I hope we can make you proud in the years to come.


Last month our government delivered on its promise to the Australian people to return integrity, honesty and accountability to politics by legislating a powerful, transparent and independent National Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Albanese Government’s National Anti-Corruption Commission will:

  • Have broad jurisdiction to investigate serious or systemic corrupt conduct across the Commonwealth public sector by ministers, parliamentarians and their staff, statutory officer holders, employees of all government entities and government contractors;
  • Operate independent of government, with discretion to commence inquiries on its own initiative or in response to referrals, including from whistleblowers and the public;
  • Be overseen by a statutory Parliamentary Joint Committee, empowered to require the Commission to provide information about its work;
  • Have the power to investigate allegations of serious or systemic corruption that occurred before or after its establishment;
  • Have the power to hold public hearings in exceptional circumstances and where it is in the public interest to do so;
  • Be empowered to make findings of fact, including findings of corrupt conduct, and refer findings that could constitute criminal conduct to the Australian Federal Police or the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions; and
  • Operate with procedural fairness and its findings will be subject to judicial review.

The legislation also provides strong protections for whistle-blowers and exemptions for journalists to protect the identity of sources.

We have committed $262 million in funding to the Commission to ensure it is properly resourced and ready to begin its important work from mid-2023. 


A big congratulations to Aleya from Ryde Public School who was the winner of my 2022 Christmas Card competition. 
Aleya has done a fantastic job encapsulating this year’s theme: A Multicultural Christmas. 
I also wanted to give a big shout out to the year level winners:
Kindy: Mia from Ryde Public School
Year 1: Harrison from Epping West Primary School
Year 2: Zoe from Ryde Public School
Year 3: Amelie from Ermington Public School
Year 4: Adeline from Ryde Public School
Year 5: Zi Kei from Denistone East Public School
Year 6: Harmony from Epping West Public School


Friendly competition with Reid and Parramatta has seen Bennelong come out on top for the Diwali lights competition!

Massive congratulations to Sanjana and her family for an incredible entry – let’s hope Bennelong can bring tough competition again next year!


Remembrance Day with John Curdie OAM, Epping

SWAP Art Gallery comes to Parliament

Meadowbank Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting

Mobile Office at Sotto on Ryde

Support Small Business Campaign at Brew Bar, Epping

France v Australia screening at Parliament House

Launch of Armenian Inter-Parliamentary Union

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting at Epping Boys

During my time as a Councillor and Mayor, I used social media to connect and engage with our local community. I’d like to extend that level of service to my new role as your federal MP.

Please follow me online, and in particular, engage with comments and join my Facebook Group “Dear Jerome Laxale”. See you online!