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Federal Election – Pearce


Christian Porter, Liberal Party
1. Why are you standing for election?
Pearce is my home. It’s where I live with my wife Jennifer and our two children, Lachlan and Florence. I want to see an Australia with more employment, more opportunities and more prosperity built on self-reliance for my kids and the children of every family in my electorate.
2. What can we do to improve regional education?
It’s always a fight for WA to get its share of education funding. I’ve been part of a team that has made sure our Government has delivered record funding for schools in WA. Schools in WA will receive a record $31.9 billion over the next decade — which is real, needs-based funding. Last year, our Government provided more than $1.6 billion in base funding for students at regional universities, and over $420 million extra funding for school kids in regional areas.
We have also given more than $400 million to support rural and regional students to go to university by expanding access to sub-bachelor university programs, creating more regional study hubs, providing additional scholarships and improving access to Youth Allowance for regional students.
3. What is your party’s plan to improve access to appropriate and comprehensive health care for those living in regional and remote areas?
Just like education, I’ve been part of a team that’s ensured record health funding for WA. Federal funding for public hospital services has increased from $13.8 billion to a record $22.7 billion under the Morrison Government. And I’ve made sure that there’s been an 81% increase in public hospital funding for WA.
Bulk billing rates are also at record highs – going from 81% to 91% in my electorate. Some of the important projects I’ve been able to deliver include building the St John Ambulance Regional Office in Northam, upgrading the facilities at the Northam Family Practice and delivering funding to make the $2.64 million Chittering-MultiPurpose Community Health Centre in Bindoon a reality.
The Federal Government’s GP Rural Incentives Program has helped to deliver more doctors to smaller towns that have genuine difficulty attracting and retaining doctors, improving healthcare in our regions.
A re-elected Morrison Government will also build a headspace to ensure those living in our Wheatbelt region have access to appropriate mental health services.
4. How do you think the issue of ground water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be remediated?
I have been working closely with those households in my electorate concerned about this issue. My first priority is to ensure that the Commonwealth makes an appropriate contribution to the connection to town water when the State Government commits to extending that supply to the affected properties.
There is no doubt that the Commonwealth will be a major contributor to that cost to ensure connection to town water.
Secondly, I would note that in my role as Attorney-General I have overseen the process by which compensation can be provided through a non-litigated assessed claim basis and the first payment has been made to a landowner in Queensland. This is an important step in addressing this important issue and for providing a fair process for anyone who has suffered a loss.
5. If you would like voters to remember just one thing about you, what would that be?
There’s a lot I’m proud of having achieved for our community, but I went into federal politics promising the people of WA that I’d fix the GST rip off – and that’s exactly what I did, with nearly $5 billion worth of funding coming back into the State.

Rob Forster, United Australia Party
1. Why are you standing for election?
I was motivated to stand for Federal Election in the seat of Pearce because I am disillusioned with the duopoly of Labor and Liberal and their incessant arguing while the Australian people are not being heard. As a father and grandfather, the future of our young generations is of vital importance to me and I do not want them suffering as a result of poor management from successive governments. As a Senior Fire Officer, I led by example, I provided strong, focussed and objective leadership and I want to bring those attributes to the Australian parliament.
2. What can we do to improve regional education and improve access to appropriate and comprehensive health care for those living in regional and remote areas??
All Australians, no matter where they live deserve the highest quality education and medical care that can be provided. Provisional tax changes will release $70 billion into the economy, this will create more domestic demand and more money for government. We believe in decentralising Australia and ensuring all Australians benefit from this. The United Australia Party (UAP) has a Zonal Taxation Policy which includes, 20% less tax for people living in regional areas. Increased infrastructure and jobs created by the UAP commitment to processing Australia’s natural resources and manufacturing will create more jobs in all industry and services. Increased opportunity and development will incentivise teachers, nurses and doctors to relocate from the city to ensure our children get the education they deserve, and communities receive the very best medical services.
3. How do you think the issue of ground water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be remediated?
The priority for the Bullsbrook community is scheme water and the United Australia Party will have this process commenced immediately after it takes government. I have had, as part of my profession, a great deal to do with the fight for recognition of firefighters with illnesses associated with PFAS toxicity and firefighting duties. The fight saw the implementation of Presumptive Legislation to medically cover illnesses caused by those duties. There also needs to be an ongoing health assessment for all residents. Similar, to firefighters, if residents succumb to illness related to PFAS contamination, they will be covered by the same Presumptive Legislation.
In the long-term Newcastle University scientists, with funds fought for by The United Australia Party Senator Brian Burston, have discovered that the growing of Hemp potentially strips PFAS contamination from the soil. Senator Burston has also procured in excess of $80 million for a buyback scheme and this sum will be increased, when required, to ensure that residents can sell their properties if they wish to do so.
4. If you would like voters to remember just one thing about you, what would that be?
That I have served the Australian people in the Military and Fire Services Nationally and Internationally with honesty and integrity and will continue to do so when elected to parliament.

Sandra Old, One Nation
1. Why are you standing for election?
I am standing because I could see both major parties not treating the Australian people with the dignity and respect they deserve. I do believe in taking stock of our current economy reducing immigration to a sustainable level of 70,000 per annum, stop over spending and monetary waste by both sides of government. Let’s get back on our feet then revisit Australia’s economic baseline.
2. What can we do to improve regional education?
All children need to have at hand the resouces to ensure the education standard is that of metropolitan schools. Then execute the right plan for individual schools to progress forward building self esteem and personal value in our students. Remove all post modernist/neo Marxist ideologies like political correctness, gender identity, social engineering and a focus on a return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. The Federal Govt should give education vouchers to parents so they have a choice.
3. What is your party’s plan to improve access to appropriate and comprehensive health care for those living in regional and remote areas?
We succeeded in getting the MRI for Kalgoorlie and we are pushing for Regional WA to get palliative care which is virtually non existent outside Perth. I know from speaking to people in regional areas the health care system is letting everybody down. Regional WA citizens deserve a standard of care comparable with that available in the city.
We also need to put together incentives to encourage medical staff to these remote areas in Western Australia. Our policy of massive zonal tax rebates will help.
4. How do you think the issue of ground water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be remediated?
This is one of the most important issues in our electorate today. Both sides of politics have buried their heads in the sand on this one…the cleaning up process is a long tedious one. BUT has to be done properly PFAS stays in the soils for hundreds of years.
1. The government has to take responsibiblity for the PFAS contamination.
2. Create a strategic plan to clean up the mess.
3. Compensate individuals for the loss of property values.
4. Assist people affected by PFAS medically.
5. Just fix it. It’s a NATIONAL DISGRACE.
6, We are the only party with a funding plan without hitting taxpayers for more. By replacing the $50 billion dud submarine project of 12 slow diesel subs with a $15 billion 6 deliverable Virginia class submarines, there will be $35 billion for the cleanup and compensation.
5. If you would like voters to remember just one thing about you, what would that be?
Remembered for my heart – honesty – integrity and sheer determination.

Kim Travers, Australian Labor Party
1. Why are you standing for election?
I spent almost three decades in the WA Police Force, serving and protecting the WA community across the state. I’ve seen how a strong, well resourced and responsive public organisation like the police can contribute to the wellbeing and progress of our community. However I have never rested on my laurels. So now, using the experience and insight I have gained from working in many areas and levels of the police, rising to the position of Superintendent, I want to continue to serve our community and the people of Pearce, by running for the role as their representative in the Australian Parliament. I have seen the gaps in services that impact people everyday and I believe that the people of Pearce deserve a representative who is committed to improving the lives of all individuals in our community, regardless of their status or income. Labor is the only party that fully shares this commitment of broadening the meaning of the fair go to include more people in its benefits. Labor is committed to providing a strong minimum wage, a fair day’s work and a decent pension to all Australians.
2. What can we do to improve regional education?
I was born in the Wheatbelt and from the age of six I was raised by my grandparents in Merredin. I completed all my schooling in Merredin and my grandparents, particularly my grandmother, always reinforced the importance of education and applying myself to my studies as one of the most important ways to improve my opportunities in life and to be able to serve others. I have recently been contacted by my Year One teacher at Merredin Primary School Miss Heyhoe (or as I know her now Dixie Maher) who has told me that despite my disrupted family life, of which she was unaware, I was always a happy, keen and engaged student. To thank for this love of education, I no doubt have the stability and love of my grandparents and the committed and professional teachers who provided a well-rounded schooling that enabled me to progress to the positions I have held in my life.
Regional schools and communities know what works for them. Labor believes that all Australians have the right to a high-quality education, regardless of their geographic location. Just as in my experience, the ability for both families and educators to support students in their schooling is essential. Labor is investing an extra $37.48 million in public schools across the Pearce electorate so that regional school communities can use that funding to meet the unique needs of their students.
3. What is your party’s plan to improve access to appropriate and comprehensive health care for those living in regional and remote areas?
As a member of the WA Police I have worked in many regional and remote areas of our state and I have seen the benefits to everyone in the community when they can access high quality health care. Labor believes that good physical, mental and social wellbeing is a fundamental human right. No matter where you live everyone has a right to equal access to quality, affordable health care. One of my passions is improving access to mental health care in regional and remote areas of the state and I am pleased that Labor has committed over $3 million to build a full headspace centre in Northam, providing critical early intervention mental health services to young people between 12 and 25 in the Central Wheatbelt region. We have committed $18.2 million to the development of the Yanchep Health Clinic which will provide extended GP, midwifery, mental health and wrap-around health services for the people of Yanchep and the wider region. Labor has also committed $60 million to build 13 radiation therapy facilities in regional and rural areas across Australia, as part of our $2.3 billion Medicare Cancer Plan, as well as $3.7 million to expand Camp Quality across an additional nine regional and rural sites to support children with cancer and their families when they return home after treatment.
4. How do you think the issue of ground water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be remediated?
Labor will have more to say on PFAS remediation prior to the election. Labor has been, and will continue, standing shoulder to shoulder with PFAS affected communities. We’ll bring a consistent, national approach to this, which is what the Government should have done years ago.
5. If you would like voters to remember just one thing about you, what would that be?
I was a Police Officer for 30 years in service of our community. In running for the seat of Pearce I wish to continue and build upon this commitment.

Steve Blyth, Nationals WA
1. Why are you standing for election?
Looking after my family, running a successful business, employing 15 staff, lecturing at TAFE, serving on landcare committees and Natural Resource Management Boards, Chairing Primary School and High School boards, Chairing Nationals WA electorate councils, 7 years at sea and many years in the music industry. Why stand?? Varied life experiences help those in decision making positions to make balanced judgements. It allows the opportunity to look at many angles to an issue. Varied life experiences also allow the opportunity to relate to a wider demo graph of the community. The seat covers a diverse range of topography, businesses, cultures and lifestyles. I’ve lived in rural towns and urban centres. I’m not a career politician. I want to use my life experiences to serve the people of Pearce.
2. What can we do to improve regional education?
4 years leading boards of regional schools has exposed me to the best our education system offers and the worst. We have thousands of high-quality teachers who work tirelessly to deliver quality educational outcomes. They are faced with daily challenges. The pressure to comply with lesson plans, disruptive students, class sizes, assessment compliance and expectations of NAPLAN is constant. To improve regional education, we need to provide additional support to the teachers and/or rethink the way the curriculum is being delivered. We need to have a discussion around the constant assessments. Is there a different way this can be dealt with? I found it frustrating as a lecturer in TAFE to have to comply with the mountains of paperwork when all I wanted to do was pass on my 30 years of industry knowledge to students.
We need to find innovative ways to encourage teachers to work and stay regionally. Senate Candidate for the Nationals Nic Fardell has spoken about HECS relief for teachers who stay rural for a required number of years. Ideas like this need to be explored.
3. What is your party’s plan to improve access to appropriate and comprehensive health care for those living in regional and remote areas?
The NationalsWA has a proven track record in this space. Our RfR program was delivering real outcomes for regional health and remains a strong focus in our policies.
4. How do you think the issue of ground water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be remediated?
This is a real issue for those effected in the area. There needs to be more transparency in the testing and effects of PFAS. Conflicting reports on what the safe levels of PFAS contamination are serves to only anger community more.
3 years for action is to long to wait. I will continue to speak to members of the community to find out how they want the issue remediated.
5. If you would like voters to remember just one thing about you, what would that be?
I’m just an ordinary bloke with substantial life experiences, who feels that the communities of Pearce are experiencing the same thoughts about politics as I am. That’s why I decided to put my hand up and see if I can make a difference.

Eugene Marshall
The Greens (WA)
1. Why are you standing for election?
As a teacher, a migrant and a business owner I am proud to be standing as the Greens’ candidate for Pearce this election.
Having worked as a teacher in our electorate, I see our schools crumbling, teachers being overworked, and basic supplies being rationed in the public system. Class sizes are skyrocketing – like at Malvern Springs Primary School in Ellenbrook – and ATAR subjects are no longer offered to students at schools like Clarkson Community High School, denying them a pathway to university. 87 percent of our public schools are underfunded, and this is leading to poorer education outcomes for our kids.
I understand our community’s deep frustration. Successive Liberal and Labor governments have created an economy that only works for corporations, instead of doing what’s best for our community. I am first and foremost a Greens candidate because we are the party of education. The Greens will ensure our young people have what they need to succeed  – we’ll prioritise public education by ensuring it’s free, giving access to everyone from preschool through to TAFE and university.
2. What can we do to improve regional education?
The Greens will make unprecedented investment in our public schools. We will ensure every public school reaches 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard by 2023 by investing $20.5 billion in public schools over the next decade, legislating to remove the cap on Commonwealth contributions to public schools and cancelling the special deals for private schools. Under this plan, public schools in regional and remote areas will get the extra funding they desperately need. The Greens will  also commit $150 million over four years to an artistic partnership program to fund artists working with teachers in classrooms around the country to deliver artistic education. The program will offer grants of $10,000 for individual creative professionals to work alongside teachers in a classroom for approximately 20 days, and $30,000 for arts or cultural organisations to work with schools for at least 20 days.
3. What is your party’s plan to improve access to appropriate and comprehensive health care for those living in regional and remote areas?
The Greens are committed to achieving better health outcomes in regional and remote Australia through a targeted plan and key health measures to better align our health system. We are investing $180 million in infrastructure and increased Medical Benefits Schedule expenditure over the next three years to increase access to health services for people in rural and regional areas. We are also developing a new National Rural Health Strategy and minimum standards for service access in rural and regional areas.
We acknowledge that many Australians living in regional and remote Australia do not have access to public dental hospitals. Under our plan, we are committed to providing Medicare-funded dental care for all Australians by 2025.
The Greens will also stop cost shifting between the Commonwealth and States by investing $970 million in a Single Funding Agency. The Agency will ensure that all levels of government and the health system work in partnership to create a nationally unified but regionally responsive health system.
4. How do you think the issue of ground water contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be remediated? 
In places where ground water has been contaminated by PFAS, the Greens believe the Government must take urgent action to assist affected residents and communities as a matter of urgency. This could include a compensation process, voluntary property buy-backs to affected residents, funding free blood tests and counselling services. The Greens are urging the Government to immediately ratify the United Nations’ Stockholm Convention agreement to ban PFOS chemicals.
 5. If you would like voters to remember just one thing about you, what would that be?
I am proud to be openly bisexual and, like so many other LGBTIQ+ Western Australians, I know what it’s like to face homophobia and not feel accepted. I am also a migrant, born in Malaysia and moving to Australia with my family, who didn’t have much money. I joined the Greens because they have a solid track record of supporting all members of our community, and as your member for Pearce I’ll work to ensure that all of us feel safe and included because of our wonderful diversity, not despite it. It’s really important that we can all feel that we belong, we are valid, and we can contribute – in our work, in our study, in our homes, and in our communities.