Perth: what major players have to say

Perth: what major players have to say

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 Guardian Express suburbs East Perth, Highgate, Inglewood, Mt Lawley, Northbridge, Coolbinia, Dianella, Menora, North Perth, Perth and Yokine.

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

Ms MacTiernan said the four reasons for her running for federal politics was to improve public transport and education, address climate change and stand up for WA.

‘We now need Federal Government support for public transport and federal Labor has said we have to take this issue seriously,’ she said.

‘This is a stark difference with what the Liberal Party has said that they will not fund public transport.

‘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.’

Mr Moore said this election would provide an opportunity for electors to vote in a united government with the economy his primary focus.

‘I’m standing for getting the economy back on track and restoring confidence, cutting taxes and red tape to help small businesses and families with their cost of living.

‘I’m standing for creating jobs and stopping the boats and investing in better infrastructure and services.

‘Only the Liberals have a plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.’

Mr Hallett said the five main issues he thought would need to be addressed by the next federal government would be climate change, public transport, health, housing affordability and university funding.

‘The visibility of homeless is particularly noticeable in Perth CBD, but neither of the major parties h asmade 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.

Mr Clark said his campaign focused on three core objectives; ending extreme poverty, treating asylum seekers humanely and improving housing affordability in Perth.

‘Housing affordability is the one that everyone seems to be affected by. When I bought my house it was about 2policies will help the electorate.’