Liberal candidate Buchanan eyes Brand


Craig Buchanan
Craig Buchanan

With Labor MP Gary Gray handing the reins over to Madeleine King, the race for the Brand electorate looks set to be closer than ever and Mr Buchanan said he was looking forward to it.

“It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a while… I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“We’ve always been on the back foot here in Brand, never been held by the Liberal Party since the seat was established, but we’ve been getting closer and closer and now with two relatively unknown candidates, I think it’s anybody’s game.”

Described as being slightly right of centre, Mr Buchanan was born in Scotland before moving to Australia in 2003 and Rockingham in 2010.

Becoming an Australian citizen in the mid-2000s, Mr Buchanan has worked predominantly at educational institutions such as the University of WA, Notre Dame University and most recently at Peter Carnley Anglican School in Wellard.

With the possibility of a July election still on the horizon, Mr Bucha-nan said he believed the nation’s economy was the most important issue for Brand.

“For Brand, it has got to be the economic prospects, we need to be looking at jobs and we need to be looking at the economy,” he said.

“We need more people in work and we need a lower tax on the average worker and I think we are heading in with a very good set of policies, particularly with the defence White Paper down here. Four billion dollars specifically into Brand and its neighbouring constituencies is a bigger piece of Federal funding than we’ve had, certainly in my memory and quite possibly ever.

“At the bottom line it’s about real money in real people’s pockets.”

A lot has been made of the promised same-sex marriage plebiscite, something Mr Buchanan said he supported.

“The party line as far as we’re concerned is we are committed to a plebiscite on gay marriage,” he said.

“I would have liked to have thought that our sitting MPs could have legislated and saved us a considerable amount of money.

“I suspect it’ll go through and I’m perfectly happy with that personally.”

When asked about doing battle with Ms King, Mr Buchanan admitted he did not know too much about her.

“You never underestimate a candidate, particularly a female Labor candidate in a seat that has been solidly Labor for 20 years,” he said.