Werriwa – Victory
I must thank a tremendous on the ground electoral effort by my supporters and the endorsement of the Electorate. Given the state wide swing against Labor and the enormous financial and other resources thrown into Werriwa by the Liberal Party, it was an outstanding result.
It confirmed that if you are a committed worker backed by a responsive staff and always ready to be involved with local groups, you can defeat outside operations, no matter how well resourced.
Our campaign produced localised material around the candidate and the education, health, disability and broadband initiatives and successes of the Government. The contrast in the level of local resident endorsement of the candidates, the connection with the community and profile of the candidates told in the end. The ceaseless direct mails and cards by my opponent may have been counter-productive.
I again thank the electorate for returning me in Werriwa.
Finally, on the weekend I tweeted positively about the traditional Australian camaraderie of the various Parties’ workers. This was my personal experience. However, I must express disquiet about racist degeneration by younger Liberal booth workers at Casula Public School and Guise Public School. This will not deter us.
The informal vote was again of deep concern. This was despite an education campaign to attempt its reduction. The increased number of candidates was a factor. Also of interest was the strong preference drift to Labor from the Palmer, One Nation, DLP, Katter and Christian Democratic Parties. In the context of the Greens’ local vote collapse, this must partly be seen as the protest, anti the system vote moving to them, rather than being a straight conservative vote.