Final messages from the candidates for Macquarie in Saturday’s federal election have canvassed a range of issues, including trust, the economy and the future.
Sitting member, Louise Markus, touted the Liberal team as the one offering strong, experienced and stable government and a stronger economy.
“Australia deserves better than the chaos and mismanagement that this current Government has delivered,” she said. “The Coalition is ready to govern — we have the plan, we have the team and we are ready.”
The ALP’s Susan Templeman said the election provided a “clear choice ... between someone who will fight for our community, or Tony Abbott and his cuts to local jobs, health and education”.
Ms Templeman pointed to new funding she had secured for Mountains projects, including the Springwood Civic Centre redevelopment, the upgrade of the Glenbrook precinct of the national park and new childcare centres in Hazelbrook and Faulconbridge.
“Tony Abbott and Louise Markus will cut local jobs and services to fill their $70 billion budget black hole... If Tony Abbott wins, the Mountains lose.”
Danielle Wheeler, for the Greens, urged voters to consider the future when they entered the polling booth.
“If you want a party that stands up for environmental protection, extra funding for schools, TAFE and universities, more money for public hospitals ... real action on climate change, poverty and homelessness, 100 per cent renewable energy, marriage equality and humane treatment of refugees, vote Green. We have the courage to stand up for what matters.”
Tony Piper, candidate for the Christian Democrats, said the major parties had failed to build trust with the people.
“The CDP has a strong record of delivering on that trust in the NSW Upper House for over 30 years. My aim is to represent the people of Macquarie in the same way in Canberra.
“I am committed to protecting communities (families and individuals), building the economy through sensible economic management, safeguarding lifestyle and sustaining the environment, the four key aspects of life that are important to the people of the Blue Mountains.”
Palmer United Party candidate Philip Maxwell outlined part of his party’s platform, including reducing income tax, increasing aged pensions, abolishing university fees, the carbon tax and fringe benefits tax - all of which would be financed by making company tax payable annually.
“If you are happy with the mess our country is in, massively increasing national debt, rising unemployment and homelessness, the selling off of our assets to international interests without any consultation, then vote for the others. But, if you give a damn, vote for me,” he said.
Mark Littlejohn from the Sex Party spoke of the need to value freedom and fairness.
“As adults we should have the right to decide how to fill the span of our years with rich and rewarding relationships, to take risks, and have fun. We should be able to choose if, and when, we wish to embark upon that most precious human endeavours of parenthood, and with whom we share that experience.”
A vote for the Sex Party, he said, “is a vote for personal freedom and an end to the ‘Nanny State’.”
The Democratic Labour Party candidate, Teresa Elaro, did not respond to the Gazette’s invitation to send a final message.