Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten holds forum in Merriwa

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten at a town hall meeting in Merriwa.
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten at a town hall meeting in Merriwa.

MORE than 300 people travelled from as far as Halls Head to hear from Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten in Merriwa on Wednesday.

Mr Shorten and Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers held a town hall meeting at True North Community Complex on August 29.

Mr Shorten addressed questions from the audience on a range of issues including hospital and mental health funding, the rising cost of living, and infrastructure projects like the Mitchell Freeway extension and Metronet.

GST was a hot issue with many people excited to hear about Labor’s plan for a 70c GST floor for WA from 2019.

“I know the number one issue here has been the GST – if Labor is elected, we will a lock a GST floor into law in the first 100 days of government,” Mr Shorten said.

In her bid to win incumbent Christian Porter’s seat, Ms Travers said she had been knocking on doors and meeting electors in the past eight months.

“I’ve heard that people are struggling to meet increasing electricity prices and need better transport options, especially in the further northern suburbs,” she said.

The visit came less than a week after Scott Morrison replaced Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister.

More than 300 people attended the town hall meeting in Merriwa.