ALP claims Lindsay in a fight to the finish
THE bookies had her over the line but Lindsay Liberal MP Fiona Scott was pipped at the post by Bill Shorten’s champion, Emma Husar, in a nailbiting finish.
The win represented a 4.59 per cent swing towards the ALP vote from the 2013 election.
Labor’s Lindsay campaign was fought strongly on three issues: Gonski, Medicare and Nepean Hospital, which Ms Husar claimed had been “brought down to its knees” by the Liberals.
“Education was a big thing,” Ms Husar said.
“We have a large family population out here with young children and they’re invested in their kids’ fu- tures.” Both candidate’s leaders surprised voters with visits at the poll booths on Saturday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stopped in at Penrith South Public School to man the sausage sizzle, while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was at Bennett Road Public School in Colyton.
Ms Husar’s party has pledged $88 million to allow the Stage 4 upgrade at Nepean Hospital in Kingswood “to start immediately”.
“If we go into Opposition Government and the Malcolm Government and the Liberal Government take control, I may need to wrestle them,” Ms Husar said.
‘‘ “The campaign was hard work but now the real work begins ... I’m really humbled and very proud to go represent our community Emma Husar