ALP claims Lind­say in a fight to the fin­ish

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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

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