YOUR VOTE IS SO VI­TAL

Elec­tion prom­ises have been made, it’s time to make the right de­ci­sion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Elisha Pearce

MT DRUITT and St Marys res­i­dents are be­ing urged to make their votes count, as Aus­tralia heads to the polls on Satur­day to elect a new Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Lo­cals are spread across three elec­torates – Chi­fley, Lind­say and McMa­hon – and while the ma­jor par­ties have dom­i­nated the eightweek elec­tion campaign, the mi­nor par­ties and in­de­pen­dents have worked hard to pro­mote them­selves as vi­able al­ter­na­tives.

Key is­sues were Medi­care re­bates, busi­ness tax breaks and schools and hos­pi­tal fund­ing.

Chi­fley Labor MP Ed Hu­sic said Mt Druitt schools would re­ceive $37 mil­lion more Gon­ski fund­ing un­der Labor. Nick Xenophon Team can­di­date Stephen Lynch said the Western Syd­ney air­port should have a cur­few like Kings­ford Smith and Labor promised $88 mil­lion for Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal and broad­band con­nec­tions.

ED­U­CA­TION, health, busi­ness, jobs and in­fra­struc­ture have been key is­sues in the elec­tion campaign.

The ques­tion now is how vot­ers view those is­sues and the so­lu­tions of­fered when they vote this Satur­day.

In Chi­fley, Labor MP Ed Hu­sic has fo­cused strongly on health and ed­u­ca­tion.

He said the re­gion would see $37 mil­lion more for schools if Labor formed govern­ment.

Labor is com­mit­ted to fully up­hold­ing the last two years of Gon­ski re­forms.

Cam­paign­ing in Mt Druitt, Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would un­freeze the Medi­care re­bate, mak­ing it eas­ier for doc­tors to con­tinue bulk billing.

Mr Hu­sic said 99 per cent of doc­tors in Mt Druitt bulk billed.

“In this day and age it is sim­ply not ac­cept­able for peo­ple in Aus­tralia to forgo go­ing to a doc­tor be­cause it costs too much,” Mr Hu­sic said.

Chi­fley Lib­eral can­di­date Mo­hit Kumar fo­cused on the lack of jobs for peo­ple in the elec­torate in an in­ter­view with The Stan­dard.

In­de­pen­dent Am­mar Khan aimed to use his busi­ness con­tacts and prop­erty devel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence to de­velop “value cap­ture” poli­cies that en­cour­aged pri­vate devel­op­ment of civic build­ings and spa­ces.

In Lind­say, Lib­eral MP Fiona Scott cam­paigned strongly on the busi­ness tax cuts of­fered in the Fed­eral Bud­get, worth $50 bil­lion over 10 years.

“We will pro­vide tax cuts and in­cen­tives for small busi­nesses and fam­i­lies, while de­liv­er­ing sus­tain­able bud­gets with crack­downs on tax avoid­ance and loop­holes,” Ms Scott said.

Lind­say Labor can­di­date Emma Husar fo­cused on schools and hos­pi­tals.

Labor an­nounced at its campaign launch in Lind­say it would put $88 mil­lion to­wards the up­grades needed at Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal.

Stephen Lynch cam­paigns in Lind­say.

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