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Posted in elections, fremantle by freoview on February 19, 2016

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone in Fremantle that the West Australian reports today that Freo Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt is contemplating nominating for the federal seat for the Greens if Maritime Union of Australia organiser Chris Brown gets the nod of the Labor Party. Pettitt would not contest the seat if Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson gets the Labor party’s approval.

I believe it would be extremely foolish for the Labor party to believe they will win the seat with just anyone and that the quality and profile of the candidates does not matter. A strong campaign by the Greens and a very good Liberal party candidate will threaten the seat and will make it very hard for the Labor party to hold on to it. Brad Pettitt has a very large supporter base in our city and while it seems unlikely the Greens could win the seat they might just get enough votes to make Labor lose the seat

Fremantle demographics have changed considerably and even a weak candidate like Matthew Hanssen received a substantial percentage of votes for the Liberals at the last election, so the warning lights should be flashing at Labor HQ and they should be very careful to not let internal factional wins become party losses.

With the threat of an early election as early as July it is questionable if Labor would manage to improve the brand awareness and raise the public profile of the largely unknown Chris Brown, while Josh Wilson has been a household name around town for many years and is very well known and respected.

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  1. Mark said, on February 19, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Interesting that a seat that has had a woman in it for so long, will now have pre-selection for so far just men.
    Looks like Labor will lose a few woman for the next election.
    I thought they would at least stick to running female candidates in seats where they have had woman before?
    Surprising they haven’t been grooming one for the position wasn’t this their pledge last election?
    Didn’t labor have a policy on this?
    “The Labor Party has an official policy of preselecting women for 40% of “safe” seats. But as Shaun Ewart discovers, the reality is not matching up.”
    Freo has been a safe seats for years for labor, so if this was the case and considering its history of female representation, you think that this would be the right place to actually follow such a policy?
    Or not?


  2. Andrew Sullivan said, on February 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    If Labor drops a hard core union rep in as their candidate for Fremantle I imagine both the Greens and Libs will throw a lot of resources at this seat because it opens it right up for a three horse race. Fremantle people don’t like being taken for idiots!


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