Kalgoorlie Electorate

07 Feb, 2013 01:00 AM

THE Seat of Kalgoorlie is primed for the taking for the Nationals WA.

Nationals seat of Kalgoorlie candidate Wendy Duncan, who was virtually the figurehead for the party during some of its darkest days, has a major opportunity to help strengthen the Nationals' position as the holders of the balance of power.

Last election it was Nationals candidate, now Federal member for O'Connor Tony Crook, who lost the marginal seat to Independent John Bowler, by a 3.6 per cent margin.

Mr Bowler had also previously been a representative of the Labor party but chose to run as an independent in 2008.

He has strongly endorsed Ms Duncan as the best candidate for the seat.

That endorsement could prove to be a deciding factor for what had previously been a Labor stronghold from 1923-2001, before Liberal leader Matt Birney held the seat until 2008.

It is expected that Liberal candidate Melissa Price will be Ms Duncan's biggest threat for the seat, while Terrence Winner is an outsider to win.

Farm Weekly asked candidates to respond to the following questions:

1. Wild dogs has long haunted pastoralists. What can be done on this issue? And will it be done in the next term of government if you get elected?

2. The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) has been calling for the Livestock Compliance Unit (LCU) to be disbanded and the original Stock Squad reintroduced to help the fight against stock theft. Is that something you support? And can it be brought back?

3. What do you see as the three key issues in your electorate and why? And what do you intend to do about them?


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