Former PM John Howard hits campaign trail with Tangney Liberal candidate

Former PM John Howard hits campaign trail with Tangney Liberal candidate

FORMER Prime Minister John Howard swept through the seat of Tangney in support of Liberal candidate Ben Morton this morning.

Mingling with electors, Mr Howard proved popular among Willetton residents who enjoyed a chat with the guest of Mr Morton, who was a media advisor in the Howard administration.

This weekend marks the end of a marathon eight-week too-close-to-call election campaign with the major parties remaining neck and neck in the polls.

With the Coalition pulling slightly ahead, as of this week, Mr Howard said he did not expect to see a shift in Government, saying moods were not reflective of past elections.

“There’s no anger with the government, and normally when there is going to be a change of government you pick up one or two sentiments, anger or indifference,” he said.

“In 2013 there was a lot of anger towards the then-Labor government and you could tell there would be change and in 2007 when we lost it wasn’t anger towards us, but indifference.

“(Australia) made up their mind that they wanted to move on to another government but I don’t get any of those things (this year).”

Mr Howard said he believed the Upper House would not be too dissimilar to the outgoing mix of politicians.

“I think being realistic neither side of politics are going to get the (Senate) numbers in their own right,” he said.

“I think you will have some minor parties, some Greens and some independents and I have to wonder if the ones we get are reasonable and willing to support sensible legislation…That’s the best you can hope for.”

Mr Howard’s two-day tour included meeting constituents in the seats of Cowan and the new seat of Burt.

He said he was happy to help the party on the hustings.

“I owe the Liberal Party an enormous debt which was extended to me when I was part of the Liberal Party and I have not forgotten that, if elections come around I am only to happy to help,” he said.