O’Sullivan, Keogh in Federal fight for Burt

TWO Matts will be fighting it out for the seat of Burt.

The Federal Liberal Government has chosen Matt O’Sullivan as their candidate for Burt. He will come up against Labor candidate Matt Keogh.

Mr Keogh has had a major headstart on the campaign as he has been campaigning for the seat of Burt since November last year.

He ran against Andrew Hastie for the seat of Canning during the Canning by-election last year, but lost.

Mr O’Sullivan was chosen despite Liz Storer winning the initial pre-selection which was then overturned.

He said he had a good relationship with Ms Storer and she had a bright future in politics.

Mr O’Sullivan said despite the headstart, he had hit the ground running door-knocking.

“Jobs are a major issue for the community they want job security and they also want to unlock the opportunity for people who have been unemployed for a long time,” he said.

Mr O’Sullivan has experience in the jobs industry, having spent the past eight years working for GenerationOne, which helps find employment for indigenous people.

“With my experience with addressing the barriers of long term unemployment that people have, I believe I can make a difference for people’s lives in the community,” he said.

“I have seen the corrosive effect of long term unemployment.”

Mr Keogh said the key for him was that the people of his electorate would get continuous support and representation at a national level.

The next Federal Election is expected to be held on July 2.