Aim­ing for goal


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TONY Buti has his sights set on a min­is­te­rial po­si­tion in a Mark McGowan La­bor gov­ern­ment.

He made no se­cret of his de­sire to hold a port­fo­lio and said he would be dis­ap­pointed if he was not con­sid­ered if La­bor won power on March 11.

“I be­lieve I have the ca­pac­ity and abil­ity to be a min­is­ter; then I’d be able to use my clout for Ar­madale,” he said.

He said his goal for Ar­madale was to change both the im­age and the re­al­ity of the area, shap­ing it into a vi­brant eco­nomic and com­mu­nity cen­tre.

His top con­cern was un­em­ploy­ment and im­prov­ing the prospects of lo­cal chil­dren.

“I want to en­sure all our chil­dren have the best op­por­tu­nity,” Dr Buti said.

Raised in the City of Ar­madale, Dr Buti at­tended Kelmscott Se­nior High School and was the first per­son in his fam­ily to at­tend uni­ver­sity.

He was the only one of his sib­lings to grad­u­ate high school in Year 12.

“Ed­u­ca­tion was an in­cred­i­bly use­ful tool; it in­creases op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

He ac­knowl­edged crime was a ma­jor con­cern for res­i­dents and cited La­bor’s prom­ise for a 24/7 po­lice sta­tion and its poli­cies on drug in­ter­ven­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as po­ten­tial so­lu­tions.

Dr Buti said his left-lean­ing pol­i­tics came from be­ing raised by par­ents with blue col­lar jobs and be­ing among work­ing class peo­ple who he saw as be­ing for­got­ten and with less power.

“I was al­ways in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics but I was also a mad sports fan so I prob­a­bly be­came po­lit­i­cally ac­tive later, around 22 or 23,” Dr Buti said.

He started out as a high school teacher but switched to study­ing law, which he took all the way to a doc­tor­ate at the Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford and a stint at Yale.

He spent 13 years as an aca­demic be­fore mak­ing the leap to pol­i­tics after a “tough” pre­s­e­lec­tion con­test in 2011.

De­spite be­ing the mem­ber for Ar­madale for six years, with a mar­gin of 9.8 per cent, Dr Buti said no seat could be con­sid­ered safe.

He was wor­ried the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion of politi­cians had been skewed by me­dia re­ports and the an­tics of Fed­eral politi­cians.

“A healthy cyn­i­cism is fine but I think it’s gone fur­ther than that; it’s good for the pub­lic to ques­tion politi­cians but I worry about peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of the re­al­ity of pol­i­tics,” he said.

La­bor Party can­di­date Tony Buti.

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