ARMADALE is becoming a familiar destination for Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten as he made his sixth visit to the Jull Street Mall to chat to voters on Tuesday.
Mr Shorten said Labor had to win the seat of Burt if it was to have any chance of forming government.
He told Comment News that issues of concern for local residents included health care, Medicare, law and order, transport and jobs.
Mr Shorten asked local reporters what they thought the key issues for the electorate were.
When told Armadale Road was a priority, Mr Shorten said Labor had already committed to do the work there.
“And we think that will not only ease congestion but it will also add some valuable jobs as well,” he said.
“But I think our policies speak very well to the needs of people in Armadale,” he said.
“That’s why we’re here because Australia isn’t Canberra. Australia is suburbs like Armadale; it’s a whole lot of people trying to do the right thing, raise their families, pay their mortgages, have a job and secure their retirement.”
A busker was quietly playing her guitar in the mall and Mr Shorten gave her a tip for her efforts before he chatted with Labor supporters who were out on the first day of pre-polling with voting booths opening throughout Australia.
Television reporters were busy talking into cameras as Mr Shorten and Labor candidate for Burt Matt Keogh mingled with curious shoppers.
With that, Mr Shorten was devoured by a throng of television cameras from the accompany media bus as the election campaign trundled along.