Cr Raymond Harty, president of Mitchell Federal Electoral Council and the campaign director for the Labor campaign in the electorate of Mitchell responds to the accusations by Alex Hawke posted on line by the Hills News on August 6.
The bio of pre-selected Labor candidate for Mitchell Andrew Punch was released to the local newspaper’s on June 23 and was published in the Hills News by journalist Isabell Petrinic.
The question is what can Mr Hawke point to that he has done for the residents and business in Mitchell. Mr Hawke has spent his time since being elected to parliament engaged in partisan negative attacks on Labor as evidence by his latest tirade.
The federal seat of Mitchell is one of the safest Liberal seats in NSW so Mr Hawke can afford to do nothing for the people he serves and take the electorate for granted that sadly is the way of politics.
Mr Hawke in his questioning of Labor’s intent make’s reference to Mitchell being an economic power house contributing to employment across Western Sydney.
In recent weeks there has been headline publicity given to the fact that there has been no private sector employment growth in western Sydney since 2006 and has been a failure of both Coalition and Labor Government so there is enough blame to be share around.
Mr Hawke has not been at The Hills Council briefing sessions when Labor councillors have asked directly the NSW Government Minister for Transport if there will be fare equalisation on North West Rail; in other words, will the fare be no more than the fares paid on other parts of the metropolitan rail network.
Labor has raise these questions about North West Rail because it is to be constructed and operated under a Builder Owner Operated Transfer Scheme (BOOTS) that raises suspicion that the fare structure will be different in order for it to be made profitable.
Mr Hawke has not been at the council meeting when Labor councillors have raised issue of social equity for the residents who live in Mitchell.
The current upgrade of the M2 has been financed through an increase in tolls not by the state government. The residents of Mitchell electorate using the M2 has never had financial relief through a cash back scheme like the M4 before the toll was removed and the M5 where cash back exist.
Mr Hawke refers to critical infrastructure but fails to mention that the upgrade of Windsor Road, Old Windsor Road, the bus transit way, the 130 additional buses servicing the Hills area where initiated by a Labor state government.