Labor campaigns to save Brand

BRIAN OLIVERSound Telegraph

Voters can expect to see more of Julia Gillard in the Brand electorate in the coming months as Labor intensifies its campaign to stave off the wave of support towards Liberal candidate Donna Gordin.

The West Australian reported last week that an internal Labor Party poll showed Brand MHR Gary Gray would lose his seat at the Federal election.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Rockingham and Kwinana last Thursday was her second in as many months, and her third in the past nine months, in an effort to shore up support for Mr Gray.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Ms Gillard said the National Broadband Network, promised to thousands of households in the electorate, would be in jeopardy if Labor was voted out of office.

She claimed the Opposition’s broadband policy would be “a waste of time and a waste of money”.

“You should do it right the first time and doing it right is fibre to the premises, not fibre to the old telephone line copper so that what gets in to your home or business can only be as good as the copper network is,” she said.

“The copper network served us well but it’s decades and decades and decades ago that that copper went into the ground, and it’s not up to the application that people want today for the moving of information we want today.”

Ms Gillard said it was a “critical window” for Premier Colin Barnett to sign up to her Government’s education reforms.

She said in all her visits to Brand as Prime Minister there had been a focus of giving children high-quality education. “We can only do that if all of the local schools have the resource to teach kids,” she said.

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