Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IT is said that politi­cians never die, they only run out of hot air and af­ter read­ing the for­mer WA MP Wil­son Tuckey's let­ter (Group Is­sues, Fe­bru­ary 14) it seems he has done nei­ther.

Mr Tuckey, de­spite all of the im­por­tant is­sues that af­fect peo­ple's lives in the com­ing State Elec­tion, deems it more im­por­tant to raise is­sue with a La­bor Party po­lit­i­cal leaflet in sup­port of Cassie Rowe and her as­so­ci­a­tion with the Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group.

Mr Tuckey's ques­tions should be seen for what they are, sup­port­ing the sit­ting lo­cal Lib­eral Party MLA, and a poor at­tempt to dis­tract vot­ers from state fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment is­sues.

In this fi­nan­cial year state debt will be $36.6 bil­lion, grow­ing to $40.19 bil­lion by 2020. Be­fore the Bar­nett Gov­ern­ment the debt was $4.96 bil­lion.

An Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare re­port said 103,748 peo­ple were wait­ing for elec­tive surgery in WA in 2015-16.

These are only two im­por­tant is­sues that Mr Tuckey might like to ad­dress in his next let­ter. KEVIN BETTRIDGE, River­vale.

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