Not content to be spoonfed political spin, the full house demanded the six candidates on stage give proper examples about how they planned to improve a number of key areas in Fremantle such as education, health, transport and economics instead of dancing around the question.
Chaired by the ABC’s Peter Kennedy, the panel included current Independent MP Adele Carles, Labor’s Simone McGurk, Liberal’s Matthew Hanssen, current Fremantle councillor and Greens candidate Andrew Sullivan and independents Sanna Andrew, who aligns herself with the Socialist Alliance party, and Jan Ter Horst.
Important issues brought up by the crowd included the provision of domestic violence facilities in the area, the decline of business in the city centre, the revitalisation of the city, climate change and the gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia debates.
The major parties have been vocal about changes to Fremantle to help their chances, with the Liberal party announcing the realignment of Curtin Avenue in North Fremantle and the retention of the Fremantle PCYC and Labor saying they will turn South Fremantle Senior High School into a science hub while the WA Greens have been putting their support behind Fremantle’s youth and climate change initiatives.
Historically a safe Labor seat until Ms Carles took office, the battle for Fremantle is sure to be a tight one come election day on March 9.
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