Alex Hawke MP, Liberal candidate for Mitchell, said the Labor Party has shown it is not serious about the electorate of Mitchell.
“At the last two elections (2007 and 2010) Labor at least took the people of Mitchell seriously, fielding a candidate early who was prepared to campaign early,’’ he said.
“Now, just four weeks from a crucial federal election I can still not identify if Labor will even stand a candidate for Mitchell.
‘‘As of today there is no candidate listed on the ALP website, nor on any election coverage site.
‘‘I have not met anyone in our community who has received any material from a Labor candidate for Mitchell.
“By not having a candidate, or by having a completely non visible candidate, Labor is showing contempt for the Hills District and not taking our community seriously.
“Not only does Mitchell contribute well above the average in terms of tax revenue to government, it is an economic powerhouse generating employment across Western Sydney.
‘‘We are a community of hard working and generous people often taking up the slack where government falls short.
‘‘It is completely wrong for the Rudd Labor Government to see our community only as a cash cow for Government and to have no policies or candidate to put forward for this election.
“Nationally, my view is we need a Coalition Government to deliver on critical infrastructure, reduce red tape and regulation for small business and to secure our national borders.
‘‘On infrastructure, it was a Federal Coalition Government that first made a commitment to fund the F3-M2 Missing Link.
‘‘It was the Howard Government who funded and ensured the construction of the M7. The Coalition has committed to fund a number of priority projects within 12 months including, $1.5 billion for the WestConnex project in Sydney.
“The people of Mitchell deserve to be taken seriously.
‘‘Once again, Labor is demonstrating how little it cares about the people of Mitchell and north-west Sydney.