Federal Member for Gellibrand Tim Watts has ramped up the rhetoric on local candidates from the Liberal Party and United Australia Party, ahead of the Australian Federal Election on May 18.
The Labor MP has been spruiking early morning appearances at train stations in the electorate of Gellibrand, where he has been talking to local commuters, but not without a few political punches in the process.
“Altona pre-poll opens and Labor is the ONLY party here… The other mob have signed a desperate deal with a dodgy businessman: we can’t afford the dysfunction and chaos of a Morrison-Palmer coalition,” Mr Watts said.
During pre-polling at the early voting centre on Pier Street in Altona, Tim Watts noted the absence of local conservative candidates and suggested that they were ‘not allowed’ to speak with local media on camera.
“I’m joined here today at early voting by candidates from a range of other parties. Unfortunately the Liberal Party and the United Australia Party aren’t allowed to talk to you on camera today,” Mr Watts said.
After three interview requests were sent to the Liberal Party’s Federal Candidate for Gellibrand Anthony Mitchell, Willy and Hobby received an email response from the party’s head office. The request was declined.
“Anthony and the Party felt it best that his focus centre solely on his grassroots campaign, and the three-week pre-poll period. Therefore, he is not undertaking any media commitments,” a Liberal spokesperson said.