Tangney candidates: Marion Boswell, Labor Party


Marion Boswell, Labor candidate for Tangney.
Marion Boswell, Labor candidate for Tangney.

WITH the Federal election approaching, Community Newspaper Group is here to help you understand where your local candidates stand on issues important to you.

From now until the election, each week we bring you your Tangney candidates’ views on a different aspect of the national debate.

Marion Boswell, Labor

ECONOMY

Should the Perth Freight Link project be completed?

The Perth Freight Link project was announced by the Liberals before doing the proper planning. We need to get the planning right, first time round, and not misuse $2 billion in scarce taxpayers’ funds on a road that goes part of the way to a Port that will be full within a decade.

I think it sells false hope to the people of Tangney as it won’t fix traffic problems. Without the Outer Harbor, Kwinana traffic will still be drawn to Canning and Leach Highways. It is a project that is flawed at all levels from an incomprehensible, incomplete lack of long-term planning to the sheer shortsightedness of the congestion and destruction to communities and wetlands it will cause. Trucks will be stranded at Stirling Bridge, blocking the people of Tangney from accessing Fremantle and the western suburbs.

Does the current negative gearing system need to be changed?

Yes, as long as there is some aspect of grandfathering for existing investors. Labor has been clear our policy will not affect existing properties. I think we need to level the playing field so that people my children’s age are able to compete with investors when entering the property market. Negative gearing should still remain for new homes to encourage our construction sector as it transitions from the resources boom.

Do you believe in trickle-down economics?

No, the creek always runs dry. In a post-resource boom economy, it is important we ensure that the benefits of future growth flow through to everyone in our community.

Hot-button issues

The government should initiate a royal commission into banks: YES

The government should further restrict foreign land ownership: NO

Weekend penalty rates should be abolished: NO

The government’s small business tax cuts are a good idea: YES

The Australian Building and Construction Commission should be reintroduced: NO

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