Labor’s candidate for Brand speaks of hopes

Labor’s candidate for Brand speaks of hopes

Ms King, who grew up in Shoalwater and whose family still lives in the area, received the party’s backing last week to run for the seat, which Labor holds by a 3.7 per cent margin.

She told the Courier she viewed local unemployment, education and training as the area’s biggest issues and hoped the electorate would give her the chance to raise them in Canberra.

“The people of Brand are rightly concerned about youth unemployment, which has been a longstanding concern, but also the growing issue of local Fifo workers losing jobs,” she said.

“We need local jobs in place for those people because they’ve got a lot of pressures on them, such as mortgages, and local jobs and opportunities in the region are a big priority.

“Education and training is a big issue and is often seen as just a youth issue, but a lot of older residents also need retraining and re-skilling.”

Ms King also hoped the fact she was from the Rockingham area would resonate with voters, given a criticism often levelled at Mr Gray was he was not from the area.

“You could say that (being from Rockingham will benefit) but I believe no matter where a candidate is from, they will do their best for the seat,” she said.

“Gary has done a lot for Brand and his commitment to the people of Brand has been enormous, as was Kim Beazley’s before him.

“It could benefit me no doubt, but my commitment would be solid either way. If I’m lucky enough to be elected and return to my hometown, I look forward to that in more ways than one.”

On issues of marriage equality and the prospect of Australia becoming a republic, Ms King said she strongly supported marriage equality and always had and despite her father being a keen monarchist, she was not.