THE Southern Gazette gave the candidates for the seat of South Perth a chance to explain why voters should support them.
Micro Business Party candidate Jason St Martin: While large corporations play an important role in the Australian economy, small businesses are a critical part of the fabric of our community.
Small business owners, the people who work for small businesses and the people who use small businesses are our friends and neighbours.
Small businesses generate wealth that stays in the community.
Profits do not leave the country.
They pay taxes and they contribute to their communities.
They don’t see us only as consumers like large corporations do.
Shouldn’t our government being helping them to succeed?
Should there not be a level playing field for all businesses?
Greens candidate Mark Brogan: Business as usual politics is not a solution for South Perth, my home for more than 30 years.
Our way of life is under threat from congested roads, contested development, climate change and undervaluing of our great natural assets, such as our rivers, remnant bushland, trees and wetlands.
With Lynn MacLaren MLC, I will restore the community’s voice to decision making and pursue a vision of South Perth as a truly connected, well planned, leafy, attractive and connected place to live and work.
The Greens pathway to the future also respects the diversity of our community and a program for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, transforming our economy and creating 150,000 new jobs.
Independent candidate Max Francis: My plan is to trial a dedicated community police presence 24/7 preferably located at Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre, with the emphasis on crime prevention.
It would be harmonious and non-confronting, without weaponry.
Over time the officers would move out into the surrounding community and get to know many locals and gain their respect and confidence, particularly youth.
Vulnerable and at-risk persons would need extra help with their schooling, family relations, religious or ethnic leaders.
Other issues that I’m campaigning for are the Manning Road – Kwinana Freeway South bound on-ramp, mediate development in the South Perth Peninsula, scrap the JDAP and preserve wildlife corridors.
Labor candidate Michael Voros: I stand for a fresh approach and a McGowan Labor Government.
I live locally and love our area.
But the Barnett Liberals have become arrogant and out-of-touch and have been taking us for granted.
Only Labor can deliver the government we need.
We have a plan for jobs, will build METRONET to help congestion, invest in local schools, ensure the best health care possible and will not sell Western Power.
I am an environment and planning lawyer and am energetic, passionate and honest.
If you give me the opportunity, I will roll up my sleeves to work for you.
Liberal candidate John McGrath: Education and transport are again major issues going into this election.
I believe the electorate of South Perth has much to gain from a re-elected Liberal Government.
Firstly, we have committed to $20m building upgrades at both the Como Secondary College and Kent Street High School.
Como has been earmarked to become a specialist STEM school.
With congestion being an issue on Canning Bridge, I am pleased that we have committed to constructing the southbound ramp onto the freeway at Manning Road.
We have not forgotten seniors, with a $15,000 stamp duty concession to become available to those who wish to downsize their homes.
Independent candidate Fiona Reid: A vote for me as your independent representative will ensure that the electorate of South Perth will no longer be taken for granted.
My commitment to you as an independent will be to put the multitude of issues that have existed in our communities for decades, up front and centre to the WA Government.
I will negotiate and secure much needed investments in our electorate from the State Government, and put pressure on Canberra on issues that impact all of us, for real solutions that add value to our community.
Look me up on Facebook or call me on 0422037630.
Australian Christians candidate Rosemary Steineck: I am 72, which is a good age for a parliamentarian; old enough to have more sense and young enough not to care.
I am a widow with two sons and a daughter, of whom I am very proud.
I have opinions the way cabbages have green leaves, love a good joke, enjoy life and my Christian faith keeps me going.
I write novels in my spare time and one day I will get something published.
I have always lived in the City of south Perth, since I came to WA in 1970, for my sins.