Laboring to be a local

The local Labor Party candidate for Stirling, Peter Tinley, does not live in the electorate. He says he will move there, however, if he wins.

For me, this is hardly a ringing endorsement of his commitment to the people he wants to represent. It’s like having two bob each way. If he loses, he can safely retreat to his own area and once again blend into the background.

Peter Tinley is a good bloke. I did some media work with him at the Special Air Services Regiment.

But, Peter, you’ve got to get a bit more fair dinkum in your approach. You may have grown up in the area, but producing glossy brochures with pictures of youreself re-visiting your old primary school and chatting with former neighbours doesn’t a local make.

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2 responses to “Laboring to be a local

  1. From the articles I’ve read in the Stirling Times he said he would consider moving, after discussing it with his family.

    His kids live with their mother near his current home, and I think it’s admirable that he’s making it a priority to consider their needs, not just his.

  2. All very admirable. Yes, family should always come first. However, this is like a having an each-way bet.

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