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Elizabeth Re is a proud Western Australian who was born in Mount Lawley, lived in Nollamara and later Woodlands. She attended Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Yokine before completing her Bachelor of Science at Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Murdoch University. Elizabeth grew up in the world of Local Government, with her father Julius Re being a Councillor at the City of Perth and founding the Soccer Federation of Australia.

Peter Swift is a passionate local farmer and contractor in the seat of O’Connor. After spending several of his formative years becoming engaged in his local community, Peter formed Swift Air, a commercial airline that focuses on scenic tours of our grand North West.  

Twelve years ago, Peter fulfilled his dream and purchased his own farm in the Shire of Cranbrook. This exciting time quickly turned as this began Peter’s long uphill battle, often the plight many farmers face. After consistent efforts to fight for property rights and his land, Peter felt unheard and unfairly treated by his local representative of parliament.  

This sparked Peter’s new life mission to raise awareness of the impact government actions were having on local constituents. He knew he had a civic and moral responsibility to turn his experience into an advocating voice for so many in his area and beyond. Peter now campaigns for property and land rights and its imperative existence in a democratic society. 

Peter’s career also saw him working in the Fitzroy Valley region of WA where he started the Peter Swift Gift Foundation. This initiative was founded to help underprivileged Aboriginal children; Peter often champions the importance of giving back to the community. Politically, Peter has held the position of Councillor for the Shire of Waroona and has been heavily involved in local activities, events and clubs.  

Peter is passionate about advocating proper compensation for land use changes to WA farming areas. He believes that his community deserve representation through a genuine voice. Peter’s personal experience paired with his extensive knowledge in the industry of farming and community engagement have equipped him to adequately stand for the interests of O’Connor. 

 

Seat of O’Connor: 

O’Connor covers 868,576 sq km area from the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku in the north to the Shire of Dundas in the south following the coast west to Manjimup. The Division includes the Cities of Albany and Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and the Shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Brookton, Collie, Coolgardie, Corrigin, Denmark, Dundas, Esperance, Kondinin, Laverton, Manjimup, Ngaanyatjarraku, Wandering and Williams.

Telstra announces 45 jobs for Adelaide 000 call centre

It is a little known fact that all 000 calls made in Australia are initially answered in two Telstra call centres, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

In December last year Telstra announced it would open a third call centre, in Adelaide, creating 45 jobs while WA members of parliament stood idly by and watched it happen.

Having 000 call centres in the eastern states creates a particular vulnerability to Western Australian electors.

Julie Matheson, spokesperson for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says "If there is a major failure in any of the Telstra optical fibre cables that link Perth to Adelaide, or the major exchanges at either end, then 000 calls may not be answered. It also adds delay in call processing due to routing the call to these eastern states call centres and then redirecting the call back to WA after answering.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is perplexed why a 000 call centre cannot be located in Western Australia, to reduce the likelihood of 000 call failure.  Matheson says "We believe our State Government emergency services are more suitable to dealing with 000 calls than Telstra, a private company that does not add value to the call except waste valuable time to reroute the call back to WA emergency services such as Police, Fire and Rescue and St John’s Ambulance".

It's time to put WA interests first, instead of more jobs in the East!

Media contact:  Julie Matheson on 0409 294 495

Gary Mounsey was born and raised in Western Australia and has been a resident of Exmouth for more than eight years, with his wife and two children. After finishing school at Warnbro Community High School, Gary spent a majority of his working life travelling around regional WA where he was exposed to a variety of local concerns and was placed in challenging leadership positions. After making the move to Exmouth, Gary has taken his business, Exmouth Bus Charter ,from the dark ages and upgraded the whole fleet to become a reputable local company with his wife Mesha.

In 2017, Gary decided to ignite a career in politics where he ran for council. He was elected as Deputy Shire President for the Exmouth Shire. Being a resident and representative of North West Regional WA, Gary is incredibly passionate about standing up for absolute fairness for regional WA.

Gary is not only the candidate for Durack, but is a local resident and business owner who understands the plight of this community. He strongly believes that Durack needs proper infrastructure funding, lower priced regional airfares, tax relief for the regions, and an improved tourism and agricultural plan. Gary intends to challenge any law that puts a burden on Durack tax payers, and would like to see Commonwealth jobs in Defence, the ABC, Meteorology, and the public service returned to WA.

Gary believes through confident leadership, powerful decision making and his aptitude for adaptability, he can truly address the increasing neglect of Durack and beyond. He says that his community deserves a voice in Parliament and will be powerfully advocating for the concerns of Durack.  

  

Seat of Durack:

Durack covers 1,629,858 sq km area from Kununurra in the north to Quairading in the south and includes coastal islands. The division includes the Cities of Greater Geraldton and Karratha and the Shires of Broome, Carnarvon, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Goomalling, Narembeen, Perenjori, Port Hedland, Quairading, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wiluna and Yilgarn.  

 

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