Labor names its Pilbara challenger
Karratha businessman Kevin Michel has been selected for the mammoth task of taking on WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls in the Pilbara seat for WA Labor at the March State Election.
Mr Michel, who owns an air-conditioning business servicing the Pilbara, was endorsed to push Labor’s agenda for health, education and employment.
“The Liberal-National Government has been far too focused on the Perth CBD and I want to shift the focus back to the places where people live, particularly when it comes to creating jobs and delivering better health and education services,” he said.
“I’m excited about the potential of WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs in the Pilbara and I want to help create a more diverse economy where people can find jobs in a range of industries.
“I’ve always worked hard to improve the lives of people in my community and I’m committed to rolling up my sleeves and getting things done.”
Mr Michel has lived in the Pilbara for 16 years and is involved in fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, St Vincent de Paul, the Cancer Council and St Paul’s Catholic Church.
He joins North West Central candidate Shane Hill and Member for Mining and Pastoral Stephen Dawson as Labor hopes to prise Pilbara votes from the Nationals.
Labor has pitched itself against the WA Nationals on several key policy fronts, including privatisation of Utah Point, the sale of Horizon Power’s energy grid, and Mr Grylls’ $5/tonne mining surcharge levy proposal.
WA Opposition leader Mark McGowan said education, skills training, aged care, hospital services, mental health and drug rehabilitation would be key issues for the Pilbara.
“Kevin understands the pressures confronting local businesses and will work hard to make life easier for Pilbara families,” he said.