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The battle for Monash

AS the May 18 Federal Election approaches, the battle for Monash is hotting up.
Liberal Member for Monash has held the seat (formerly McMillan) since 2004.
He previously represented McMillan 1996-98 and Corinella 1990-93.
As well as changing its name from McMillan to Monash, the electorate undergoes major changes in the west, losing around 32,000 voters in rapidly growing Pakenham to La Trobe, while gaining 20,000 voters on the eastern shore of Western Port between Koo Wee Rup and Phillip Island from Flinders. According to election expert Antony Green, the Liberal margin rises from 6 per cent to about 7.5 per cent.
Russell Broadbent,
Liberal

WHILE the Coalition has not made any Monash-specific election promises, Mr Broadbent said he was “working towards and advocating for erosion and coastal protection along the Bass Coast at Phillip Island and Inverloch”.
Asked what the biggest issue facing the electorate was, the veteran politician nominates “roads”.
“It is vital that country roads are maintained for safety and that transport routes for local industry are maximised. This not only makes travel and freight more efficient, but also safer for our country communities,” he said.  
Jessica O’Donnell,
Labor

LABOR candidate Jessica O’Donnell has nominated equity as the main issue facing the electorate.
She said Labor would offer a $25.4m investment for schools across Monash
“​I will also be advocating for Monash to receive a share of the $3.2 million for programs to support students in country areas to go to University or TAFE, including mentoring and tutorials, delivered through 22 new community-owned Regional Study Hubs,” she said.
Ms O’Donnell said Labor would also ensure fully funded 15 hours of kinder for three and four-year-olds.
Matt Sherry, UAP
UAP candidate Matt Sherry has been actively involved in the Scouting movement for the past 30 years. He has declared a passion for maintaining the environment and finding ways to increase awareness of issues in the community.
John Verhoeven, Independent
JOHN Verhoeven said he was standing because it was his “firm belief is that people are sick of party politics”. 
“We live in the luckiest country in the world.  We have an abundance of natural resources in the way of coal, gas and agricultural land.  We should be using those resources rather than exporting them,” he said.
“I am firm believer that anyone over the age of 70 should receive a health care card.  They have obviously worked hard and paid taxes.  They deserve to be able to buy pharmaceuticals at the PBS rate.”
He also believes that anyone on a “terrorist watch list should be served with a show cause notice”. 
Jeff Waddell,
One Nation

DROUIN’S Jeff Waddell said he “believes strongly in preserving our Australian culture and bitterly opposes those who seek to denigrate Australia Day and other Australian cultural traditions”.
William Hornsta,
The Greens

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Moe resident William Hornsta is the Greens candidate for the election.
“Gippsland desperately need a roadmap away from coal towards renewable energy and renewable resources. Workers, communities, farmers can’t be left at the mercy of private energy operators and backward thinking. The Greens have that roadmap,” he said.
“People in Monash want healthcare, education, welfare and transport systems that are high quality and accessible. Keeping Australia fair, ensuring a home for all, and cleaning up politics are key priorities in Gippsland.
“The major parties offer no vision away from coal, no hope for our young people and no support for those doing it tough. We need to reinvent the lucky country to become the fair, educated and just country.”

*While The Star made contact with all candidates, some did not reply before deadline.
The full list of candidates in ballot order is John Verhoeven, Michael Fozard, Jeff Waddell, Jessica O’Donnell, William Hornstra, Russell Broadbent and Matthew Sherry.

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