Lib­er­als ar­ro­gant, La­bor says

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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