Meet and greets mat­ter


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SOUTH­ERN River MLA Peter Abetz ad­mits the pop­u­lar­ity of Colin Barnett may have an im­pact on the com­ing State Elec­tion re­sult.

Mr Abetz has a mar­gin of about 11 per cent for his seat af­ter bound­ary changes ahead of this elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to po­lit­i­cal ex­pert Antony Green.

He said he was still flat out cam­paign­ing and cited the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump and Brexit as rea­sons for not tak­ing any­thing for granted.

“I don’t think we take any­thing for granted, as last elec­tion we had the an­tiJu­lia Gil­lard fac­tor which was quite sig­nif­i­cant and Colin Barnett was still very pop­u­lar and he is not quite so pop­u­lar now,” he said.

“I think Brexit and the US Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion in­di­cates that in pol­i­tics you can’t as­sume any­thing these days.”

He said one of the chal­lenges fol­low­ing the re­dis­tri­bu­tion was to get to know the new peo­ple of the elec­torate who did not know him be­fore.

“I have just fin­ished door­knock­ing those 4000 houses and ob­vi­ously you don’t get every­body but at least peo­ple know you have made the ef­fort to try and con­nect with them,” he said.

Mr Abetz is also work­ing long hours in the lead-up un­til the March 11 elec­tion.

He said let­ter boxing or wav­ing signs on ma­jor roads dom­i­nated his day to get his name out there. Terry Healy.

SOUTH­ERN RIVER La­bor can­di­date Terry Healy said the most awk­ward in­ter­ac­tions he faced on the cam­paign trail were knock­ing on for­mer and cur­rent stu­dents’ doors.

Mr Healy, who is a teacher at South­ern River Col­lege, will run against Lib­eral Peter Abetz at the up­com­ing March 11 elec­tion.

Al­though no one has ever been rude to Mr Healy on the cam­paign trail, he said the stu­dents could some­times open the door when he was cam­paign­ing, which cre­ated an “awk­ward sit­u­a­tion”.

“If you can imag­ine when you were in high school what would hap­pen if your teacher knocked on the door ask­ing to vote for them, it’s a hor­ri­bly awk­ward sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Mr Healy had to take leave with­out pay from his job to ded­i­cate time to cam­paign­ing.

He said he paid ex­tra money into his home loan be­fore he took the time off from his reg­u­lar work.

Mr Healy be­gins the day by go­ing to bus stops and shop­ping cen­tres un­til about 9am while peo­ple are head­ing to work.

Af­ter that, he phones res­i­dents, be­gins door knock­ing in the af­ter­noon and meet­ing with lo­cals.

He said for a can­di­date run­ning for an elec­tion, it was all about getting his name out there.

“At the shop­ping cen­tre no one wants to have a long con­ver­sa­tion with a politi­cian,” he said.

“I like the way Pauline speaks her mind and says what peo­ple are say­ing on the streets,” she said.

She said that she agreed with Pauline Han­son’s view of ban­ning the burqa.

“If you have got full cov­er­ing, you don’t know who is be­hind it.

“I have ab­so­lutely noth­ing against Mus­lims; my best friend of 42 years is Mus­lim.”

Ms Baraiolo said some of her main poli­cies for the March 11 elec­tion were getting more po­lice on the City of Gos­nells, but at the end of the day if you don’t try, you won’t get any­where,” she said.

“I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in lo­cal govern­ment and lo­cal is­sues within my com­mu­nity.”

She said drugs on the street and hooning were some of the lo­cal is­sues.

The Ken­wick res­i­dent said she was asked by an­other One Na­tion can­di­date be­cause of her work in the city.

Peter Abetz.

Sandy Baraiolo.

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