Candidates outline key concerns

We asked each candidate about his or her background and policies and why Perth electors should vote for them on September 7.

The seat of Perth includes the Stirling Times suburbs of Dianella and Yokine.

The seat has been held by Labor politician Stephen Smith since 1993.

Labor – Alannah MacTiernan

‘We now need Federal Government support for public transport and federal Labor has said we have to take this issue seriously,’ she said.’Climate change is also a serious economic issue and if we don’t get investment in low energy technology we are going to be left behind. ‘My years as a state minister have given me a real insight into the WA economy which I will take to the Federal level.

‘The visibility of homeless is particularly noticeable in Perth CBD, but neither of the major parties has made commitments to improving housing affordability,’ he said. ‘Increasingly families are being pushed out into the poverty sphere and more are becoming homeless.

‘Public transport is also a key issue in Perth because it is so built around cars. We need meaningful investment in light rail not just funding for roads.’

Mr Hallett said the party was hoping to get about 10 per cent of the vote in Perth.