Abetz stands by ‘excellent’ rating


Canning Vale resident Lyndell Edelesten, South Metro MLC Sue Ellery, Labor Leader Mark McGowan and candidate for the federal seat Burt Matt Keogh
Canning Vale resident Lyndell Edelesten, South Metro MLC Sue Ellery, Labor Leader Mark McGowan and candidate for the federal seat Burt Matt Keogh

The Opposition recently accused Mr Abetz of not listening to his constituents after he said the public transport in the Southern River area was “excellent” in Parliament earlier this year.

“They were rubbishing us in Parliament and I got up and defended it,” Mr Abetz said.

“I think the public transport in the Southern River and Canning Vale area is quite good.”

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Opposition spokeswoman for transport Rita Saffioti both attacked the transport system in Parliament last month.

“We believe residents in Canning Vale deserve a better public transport system,” Ms Saffioti said in Parliament.

South Metro MLC Sue Ellery said public transport was not excellent in the Southern River area.

“That seat is increasing in the number of people of living and driving cars needed to get to and from work,” she said.

The Opposition was out campaigning last week as part of Metronet in Canning Vale.

One of the major parts of the project is a link between the Thornlie and Mandurah train lines.

The Opposition’s proposal includes linking the Thornlie line with Cockburn station.

WA Premier Colin Barnett has regularly said it was a requirement as it would help ease congestion when people are leaving the new Perth Stadium.

Labor candidate for the Federal seat of Burt Matt Keogh said the east-west connection was important.