To the people of Canning,
You have a grave responsibility in front of you.
It is widely accepted that a defeat for the Liberal Party in Canning would see the end of Tony Abbott’s leadership. Even if you are a conservative voter, this would be to your benefit – it will not cause a change of government, but it could snatch your party from the clutches of the Credlin/Abbott cartel which is not only leading your party to defeat but this country to ruin.
Compare the candidates that the two major parties have proposed.
The ALP candidate, Matt Keogh, grew up in the electorate. He is a dispute resolution lawyer and, at age 33, is the youngest person to hold the position of Law Society of WA president.
He has identified jobs, health, education and training as key areas of concern in the seat.
The Liberal candidate is SAS officer Andrew Hastie. He was born in Victoria, spent most of his life in NSW, and moved to WA in 2010 for his SAS training. He does not live in the electorate and currently lives in defence force housing in Shenton Park, close to the SAS Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne.
Hastie served in Afghanistan and the Middle East and was an adviser on Operation Sovereign Borders.
Canning is a diverse electorate from fly-in, fly-out miners, treechangers in the Perth Hills, seachangers in Mandurah, farmers and semi-rural residents and a large proportion of unemployed or low-income earners.
It will be interesting to see if concern about 457 visa workers plays a part. Will climate change be a common concern? Is support for the unemployed the most important issue?
One can assume that the Liberal candidate will run heavily on national security – quelle surprise. One hopes that the Labor candidate has a bit more to offer the people of Canning.
A Newspoll survey revealed Don Randall’s 11.8 per cent margin would be wiped away and the seat left on a knife edge if the poll was held this week.
This is a chance to restore some sanity to politics.
Can Canning fix it? Yes they can!
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