Liberals arrogant, Labor says
Labor’s Pilbara candidate accused the Liberal Party of arrogance during a passionate speech at a campaign event in Karratha last week.
The Opposition has sent up several heavyweights to the North West to campaign alongside local candidates, including Labor Leader Mark McGowan and party stalwart Alannah MacTiernan.
By contrast, no big names have shown their faces in the Pilbara from the Liberal Party to date.
Candidate Kevin Michel said residents in the Pilbara had been ignored by the Government over the past eight years.
“They are arrogant mate, they don’t care about the people in this region — they are only worried about Perth,” he said. “It is a personal thing for me. “I am so attached to this land. “When I see people hurt I just can’t understand why, when we are getting so much money out of this region, why are we in this state?”
Liberal candidate Mark Alchin said Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price would join him for an event shortly and Premier Colin Barnett was likely to come later this month.
He said most voters cared more about local issues than who was campaigning with whom.
On her trip to Karratha last week, Ms MacTiernan launched Labor’s plan for the Pilbara, which included $50 million to help seal the Karratha to Tom Price Road.
Ms MacTiernan said the commitment would help leverage money from the Federal Government to get the job done.
Other projects on the bill included $1.3 million towards a renal dialysis service in Newman, $10,000 towards upgrades at the Hedland Well Women’s Centre, and $20,000 for music equipment at Boonderu Music Academy in Roebourne.
There would also be funds for shade at the skate park in Wickham, basketball courts in Newman and improvements for the Royal Flying Doctor Service airstrip in Tom Price.
Pilbara Labor candidate Kevin Michel with Alannah MacTiernan and Mining And Pastoral candidate Kyle McGinn.