THE Labor Party flew in the big guns to launch the campaign in Hasluck, with the Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek coming to the Labor heartland in Midland for the official scissor cutting of candidate Bill Leadbetter’s campaign.
State Member for Midland Michelle Roberts said she was delighted to have Ms Plibersek in Midland to help with electioneering.
“We are at the half-way point and in Hasluck there is not much variation between the two major parties.
“Labor only needs 21 seats to win and I can see the tally on election night being 18 and then Burt, Cowan and Hasluck having an impact on that result,” she said.
Ms Plibersek said Bill Leadbetter was an outstanding candidate who stood for true Labor values and the Liberal Party had been such a disappointment on a State level that Labor’s vote federally would be strong in the West.
“Hasluck is one of the most critical seats in the election and we hope to do well in WA.
“People are worried about jobs, penalty rates and health care in WA and the future for their kids and grand-kids,” she said.
Mr Leadebetter said the national office of the Labor Party sending Ms Plibersek to Midland meant they had confidence in Hasluck for the ALP.
“It’s a vote of confidence because they believe it can be won.”
Mr Leadbetter said he hoped to campaign on building a fairer society in the region with real change.