Foot­sore can­di­dates press the flesh

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

Can­di­dates across the Pil­bara have been beat­ing the pave­ment to prove the mer­its of their poli­cies to vot­ers a month out from the State elec­tion.

In­cum­bent mem­ber and WA Na­tion­als leader Bren­don Grylls launched a suite of poli­cies in Bun­bury this month in­clud­ing a $610 mil­lion tourism pack­age with funds for mar­ket­ing, events, vis­i­tor cen­tres, in­dige­nous tourism and air­fare af­ford­abil­ity.

The pol­icy is linked to fund­ing from the pro­posed $5 spe­cial lease ren­tal on BHP and Rio Tinto.

The La­bor, Lib­eral and Greens can­di­dates have been go­ing doorto-door for the past few weeks.

A step counter on any of them would make for in­ter­est­ing read­ing.

They will be thank­ful the tem­per­a­ture has not climbed into the 40s but wind did knock down Lib­eral Mark Alchin’s plac­ards while leav­ing (La­bor’s) Kevin Michel’s stand­ing re­cently.

Mr Alchin said this may have more to do with his abil­ity to knock in a fence post rather than any signs from a higher force.

Mr Michel wore his heart on his sleeve at a cam­paign event last week, chok­ing up as he lamented the de­par­ture of friends and fam­ily who had to leave the Pil­bara after los­ing their jobs dur­ing the down­turn.

One Na­tion can­di­date David Archibald has caused more than a fair share of con­tro­versy over his views on sin­gle moth­ers, the stolen gen­er­a­tion and ho­mo­sex­u­als but be­lieves his dam and road-build­ing poli­cies, as well as the Pauline Han­son fac­tor, could res­onate with vot­ers.

And fi­nally Fiona White-Har­tig found hu­mour in the fact she was the only fe­male stand­ing for the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party. Ms White-Har­tig wants to high­light lo­cal is­sues, such as the Pil­bara Un­der­ground Power Project and pri­vate se­cu­rity pa­trols, at a State level should she win over vot­ers.

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