Na­tion­als name can­di­date

Pilbara News - - Education - Rourke Walsh

WA Na­tion­als have re­vealed its can­di­date to run against sit­ting Lib­eral MP Melissa Price in the seat of Du­rack at the Fed­eral elec­tion next month.

Bruce Rock mother and party State trea­surer Lisa Cole will con­test the seat on July 2 against Ms Price and high-pro­file La­bor can­di­date Carol Martin.

Ms Cole said she looked for­ward to cam­paign­ing on key is­sues, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, re­mov­ing the so-called “back­packer tax” and im­prov­ing WA’s GST re­turns.

“(Those is­sues) are im­por­tant chal­lenges that I’m pre­pared to fight for in Can­berra,” she said.

“As a mother with chil­dren from re­gional WA, is­sues like health, ed­u­ca­tion and child­care are re­ally im­por­tant to me, as they are for many Du­rack res­i­dents.”

A mother of three, Ms Cole has a Cer­tifi­cate in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and is study­ing for an MBA.

WA Na­tion­als State pres­i­dent James Hay­ward wel­comed Ms Cole to the Fed­eral cam­paign team.

“As a mother and a strong re­gional cham­pion, Lisa will bring a fresh per­spec­tive to our cam­paign team,” he said.

“A mem­ber of the Na­tion­als WA State ex­ec­u­tive, Lisa has been a long-serv­ing ad­vo­cate of re­gional WA, and she will con­tinue to bring her pas­sion, en­ergy and ex­pe­ri­ence to the role as the can­di­date for Du­rack.”

In 2013, WA Na­tion­als can­di­date Shane Van Styn lost the seat of Du­rack to Ms Price 46.02 per cent to 53.98 per cent on a two-party pre­ferred ba­sis.

Kado Muir, Nick Fardell and El­iz­a­beth Re are the WA Na­tion­als’ Se­nate can­di­dates at the July 2 poll.

Pic­ture: Tris­tan Cameron

Na­tion­als’ Du­rack can­di­date Lisa Cole with chil­dren Jonathan, 7, and Amelia Cole, 5, at the fam­ily’s Bruce Rock farm.

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