FED­ERAL FAITH IS ELEC­TION lSSUE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

DO West Aus­tralians have elec­tion fa­tigue? That is the ques­tion cam­paign­ers have to con­sider in the build up to the March 11 state poll. And do they still have faith in politi­cians in gen­eral? Vot­ers trudged through the eight-week fed­eral cam­paign in May-June and were as­tounded and re­pulsed by the year-long Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial race last year. There was also a gritty lo­cal gov­ern­ment poll in Oc­to­ber for those who fol­lowed hy­per-lo­cal is­sues. The fed­eral sys­tem seems al­most at a stand­still, with Lib­eral Party in­fight­ing and pe­riph­eral is­sues such as mar­riage equal­ity and gun con­trol steal­ing the head­lines. There was a swing away from the ma­jor fed­eral par­ties in the July poll and lit­tle has hap­pened since to con­vince dis­en­chanted vot­ers they should re-en­gage. It could trans­late to a big protest vote in WA – ei­ther as in­for­mal votes or for in­de­pen­dents and fringe par­ties.

- Rick Lee, re­gional ed­i­tor

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