Burt candidates: Matt Keogh, Labor Party

Matt Keogh.
Matt Keogh.

WITH the Federal election approaching, Community Newspaper Group is here to help you understand where your local candidates stand on issues important to you.

From now until the election, we bring you your Burt candidates’ views on a different aspect of the national debate.

Matt Keogh, Labor Party

LOCAL

Should the Armadale Road flyover bridge be completed?

Absolutely. Community Connect South, comprising the full duplication of Armadale Road and the building of a new Armadale Road Bridge at the freeway are important pieces of infrastructure for Burt. These projects will increase safety and reduce congestion for users of Armadale Road, but only if both are built. The projects will also relieve congestion on Ranford and Nicholson roads from drivers that currently avoid the Armadale Road/freeway intersection. Labor is committed to the full duplication of Armadale Road and only Labor has committed $80 million to the Armadale Road Bridge.

GENERAL

Does the current negative gearing system need to be changed?

Yes, the current system unfairly advantages those that can afford to lose money on a housing investment and encourages investors to unfairly compete against first-home buyers.

Labor’s changes, which will only apply to new investors, will create ongoing savings in the Budget, boost housing supply and create tens and thousands of new construction jobs. Our plan will put the great Australian dream back within reach of working and middle-class Australians. This is good for the economy, it is good for jobs and it’s good for young families.

Do you believe in trickle-down economics?

No and neither do any of the world’s respected economists, including at the IMF. It is a myth made up to advantage the already wealthy.

YES/NO

The government should initiate a royal commission into banks: Yes.

The government should further restrict foreign land ownership: No

Weekend penalty rates should be abolished: No.

The government’s small businesses tax cuts are a good idea: Yes

The Australian Building and Construction Commission should be reintroduced: No.

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