WITH voters heading to the booths for the Fremantle by-election in just a few days, local candidates are ramping up their campaigns.
After speaking to residents, The Gazette asked candidates how they would combat voter apathy and distrust.
We also asked what their priorities were if elected and whether they would address major economic, social and environmental issues.
Labor candidate Josh Wilson said by-elections could fly under the radar and it was an opportunity for people to make a choice.
“Choice between the Turnbull government’s big business tax cuts versus Labor’s investment in the community and for WA,” he said.
“As a long-time member of the Fremantle community and a hard-working representative I am happy to campaign on my record, and to argue for a Labor government that will stop live sheep exports, fund Metronet, and deliver an Urgent Care Clinic at Fremantle Hospital.”
Greens candidate Dorinda Cox said the election wasn’t about changing the government, it was about Fremantle.
“I’m not a career politician, I’m juggling a small business and two kids while also running for this seat,” she said.
“I’ve experienced living in social housing, often having only $2 between pay days, and that’s something that very few people in Canberra can relate to.
“We need people with life experience to be elected, which is why I’m running.
“We will support renewable energy technology to tackle climate change, raise the level of the Newstart payment and end tax handouts being given to corporations.
“I’m committed to providing genuine representation for Freo and Cockburn.”
Australian Christians candidate Mark Staer said votes were important to determine the future of the area.
“I plan on undertaking an economic audit in Fremantle, identify which businesses were there, and why they moved,” he said.
“We need to work alongside business, parties and locals to bring about a long term viable solution to the Freo port issue.
“We value honesty, hope, moral law, respect, freedom and encourage transparency.
“Build a Freo where underlying values are peace and respect, instilling values helps reduce vandalism, and gives people a sense of respect for their surrounds.”
The Gazette reached out to Animal Justice Party Katrina Love, Liberal Democrats John Gray, Australian People’s Party James Harfouche and independent Jason Spanbroek for comment but they did not respond before deadline.
To check if you need to vote and where you can vote head to https://www.aec.gov.au/fremantle/