Campaign sketch: changes to seat of Curtin boundary means not everyone is aware Julie Bishop is their local member


Innaloo grandparents Barry and Glenda Mackie and grandson Heath Mackie (7) when Ms Bishop campaigned at the shopping centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Innaloo grandparents Barry and Glenda Mackie and grandson Heath Mackie (7) when Ms Bishop campaigned at the shopping centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

DESPITE a national profile higher than her favourite Louboutin heels, Curtin MHR Julie Bishop is still a name some of her most northern and newest constituents may not know.

“Oh, I can’t say. That’s terrible isn’t it?” Innaloo resident Clare McBride (36) said, when she and about 10 others where door-knocked to name their Federal MP by Community Newspaper Group yesterday.

Only neighbour Pat Jolliffe (73) knew Ms Bishop, after part of Curtin’s boundary moved to Karrinyup Road in January.

Several thousand battle-axe block and battler residents of Innaloo, Scarborough, and Osborne Park are now in the Federal seat closely, and a bit misleadingly, associated with the leafy and Aston Martin-lined streets of Peppermint Grove or Dalkeith.

In those western suburbs, Ms Bishop gets up 70 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, but those living in the new suburbs in Curtin will decide for the first time on June 2.

However, Ms Bishop’s public recognition was obvious while grassroots campaigning, chatting and handing out leaflets, at Innaloo Shopping Centre later yesterday.

“I told her I’m waiting for a hip replacement, and if they can speed up that it would be great,” Doubleview resident Jamie Smith (46) said.

Ms Bishop, who lives near the Swan River when not in Canberra or overseas as Australia’s Foreign Minister, said she knew what affected those in the suburbs new to her electorate because she had friends in the area, and was kept informed of all electors’ issues when meeting West Australians.

Jobs, investment opportunity, the drug ice, health care costs and broken election promises were issues raised by residents with Community Newspaper Group.

Ms Bishop said if elected the Coalition would focus on small business hiring by lowering business tax and using the PATH internship program to provide $200/fortnight to the newly employed for 12 weeks.

“Regarding ice, this is a significant law and order issue, and we have rolled out a national strategy to combat it, with Michael Keenan, the former MP here as Minister for Customs and Justice, leading a very strong charge at all levels, including the importation of illegal drugs, the manufacture of them and their distribution,” Ms Bishop said.

She said all the Coalition’s election promises were funded, and Medicare privatisation was “just an Opposition scare campaign” because bulk billing had increased.