Seniors to grill hopefuls
The race for Canning will heat up next week as Mandurah seniors get their chance to grill by-election candidates at a special pre-vote forum.
National Seniors Australia Mandurah-Murray branch president Val Becker said hundreds of seniors were expected to attend the over-50s lobby on Monday next week, with attendance confirmed by the two major parties’ candidates, Andrew Hastie and Matt Keogh.
Mrs Becker said retirees would raise issues close to their hearts, including fears about the rise in drug-related crime, financial agreements with nursing homes, cuts to carer services and a lack of adequate parking at Mandurah railway station.
She said other issues discussed within the branch included the lack of intensive care at Peel Health Campus and the need for a new form of taxi card.
“We’re not favouring anyone in the by-election, we’re just favouring seniors,” Mrs Becker said.
National Seniors Australia chief executive Michael O’Neill, who will host the forum, said Mandurah had the highest proportion of voters over the age of 65 in the State. He said there was a degree of anger in the electorate, particularly after changes to the part-pension announced in this year’s Federal Budget.
Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland and Palmer United Party candidate Vimal Sharma are also likely to attend.
Candidates will introduce themselves and their policies before taking questions from the floor.
Seniors are invited to head down to Thomson Street Netball Pavilion at 10.30am.
Liberal candidate for Canning Andrew Hastie meets with shoppers inside Mandurah Forum as part of his visit to the centre, alongside supporter and former prime minister John Howard.