THE race for the new seat of Bicton has a dark horse, with veteran Rethink the Link campaigner Steve Kepert throwing his hat into the ring as an independent.
By his own admission, Mr Kepert is essentially a single-policy candidate; but it is a policy he cares about passionately.
While Labor has not yet committed to voiding Roe 8 contracts signed earlier this month if it wins power in next year, Mr Kepert has no such reservations.
“For the Bicton electorate, March’s election is a very clear poll on whether or not the Perth Freight Link should be constructed,” he said.
“I’m in favour of scrapping the project completely. I want to see the contracts torn up because it is the right thing to do.
“I cannot stand by and watch the government essentially blackmail the electorate – we saw it happen in Victoria with the East West Link and it ended up costing that state close to half a billion dollars.”
Mr Kepert favours a new outer harbour in Kwinana and said he was frustrated with the “spin and fiction” behind the Barnett Government’s attempts to promote the Perth Freight Link.
He also believes voters have lost faith in the major parties, as evidenced by the recent Federal election in which minor parties and independents attracted a record share of ballots cast.
“I have very little trust in either Labor or Liberal and at the core of that is the donations both parties receive, which in my opinion means they act for vested interests,” Mr Kepert said.
“I think most Australians are really fed up with the typical way politics in this country works and at the core of that is that neither major party ever really does the right thing for the electorate, they are mostly concerned with holding power and delivering for their sponsors,” he said.
Born in Attadale, Mr Kepert has lived within the City of Melville for the majority of his life, including spending the last five years in Bicton.
He possesses a Masters of Business Administration and has a background in business consulting, his most recent work coming with the Department of Agriculture.