Labor hopes Price is right in Forrestfield


Labor leader Mark McGowan with Forrestfield candidate Stephen Price and his wife and children.
Labor leader Mark McGowan with Forrestfield candidate Stephen Price and his wife and children.

Forrestfield is currently held by Liberal Nathan Morton with a 2.2 per cent margin, making it the third most marginal seat in WA.

Mr Price, a long-time Labor party member and unionist, said he had spent the past decade protecting the interests of working men and women in WA.

He is a passionate advocate for the creation of local jobs in the mining and construction sectors and creating safe work environments.

Mr Price was a former FIFO gold miner and alumina refinery operator before taking on leadership positions within the AWU in WA and nationally.

He is married to Melanie and has four daughters.

Mr Price said he was acutely aware of cost of living pressures in WA and how that affected working families.

“The government’s financial mismanagement will see the cost of education, medical services, sporting activities, household charges such as water, electricity and rates rise,” he said.

Mr Price’s name had in recent times been connected to other seats but he said he had decided to nominate for Forrestfield because it was a seat dominated by working families who had been “forgotten by Mr Barnett’s government”.

He said he felt that he and Forrestfield’s constituents were a perfect match.

Mr Price’s interest in local issues included anti-social behaviour, hooning, increasing police resources and providing aged care facilities.

“The proposed Forrestfield train line appears in jeopardy following recent cuts to the transport portfolio,” he said.

He said if the line was not built many people in High Wycombe, Forrestfield and Wattle Grove would be seriously disadvantaged and very disappointed.

“Some families have already been forced to leave their homes because of development which has not even started yet,” Mr Price said.

“The challenge facing WA Labor is a formidable one, requiring 10 seats to change hands at the next election. Based on current polling, the task is achievable but we will need strong leadership, appropriate policies structured to the circumstances the state finds itself in.”