YOUR VOTE IS SO VITAL
Election promises have been made, it’s time to make the right decision
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.