Labor member for Forrestfield Andrew Waddell and Liberal candidate Nathan Morton went head to head on ABC720 radio on Tuesday to answer callers’ questions and push their political agendas and election promises.
When morning program host Geoff Hutchison queried the candidates about the pressures in the lead-up to the March 9 election, Mr Waddell said he knew this campaign would be a challenge from the start.
‘Disengagement in the area is the bane of my existence,’ he said.
‘When it comes to tackling issues, I have been often told to go to this group or go to that group, but many of them do not exist here.’
Mr Morton said engaging with community members was key.
‘I’ve been out meeting people for 12 months and I have met thousands of people,’ he said.
When asked what Mr Waddell had done for the electorate in the four years he had held the seat, he said he had put the region on the map and listed his achievements.
‘When Edney Primary School had a room built through the Building the Education Revolution that did not have airconditioning, I lobbied the Federal Government to backflip, and now all schools are able to have air conditioning,’ he said.
‘But sometimes it is the little things, like helping people who are facing homelessness.’
It was inevitable the hottest campaign topic ” railway lines ” would be brought up, with one caller asking for specifics on where the proposed Forrestfield train station would be.
Both parties have pledged to run a railway line out to the airport and beyond to the foothills, with differences in each design.
In answering the caller’s question, Mr Morton said the Liberals’ train line would have a station near Dundas Road, which would be easily accessible from Berkshire Road once it was realigned at Roe Highway.
Mr Waddell said his party’s station would be closer to the industrial area.
‘Well shouldn’t the station be called the High Wycombe station if it is in the industrial area?,’ the caller asked. Mr Waddell said she was ‘dead right’.