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SSC Newspaper : August 2013
Strathfield Scene 7 www.ourstrathfield.com.au 2013 ELECTION ELECTION FAQS WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT VOTE? Initially, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will write to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a reason to not vote or pay a $20 penalty. If, within 21 days, the apparent non-voter fails to reply, cannot provide a valid reason or declines to pay the penalty, prosecution proceedings may be instigated. If the matter is dealt with in court and the person is found guilty, heorshemaybefinedupto$50 plus court costs. • WHAT IF I CAN’T VOTE ON ELECTION DAY? Postal and pre-poll voting will be available for those who cannot attend a polling station. The AEC will send them ballot papers, which must be posted back before polling day. Alternatively, a “pre-poll vote” can be cast in person at a pre-polling voting centre or divisional office in the lead-up to polling day as soon as early voting becomes available. See http://www.aec .gov.au/ for more details Meriden girls make their marks. Since 1897 Meriden has produced confident and articulate young women, renowned for making their marks academically and in the global community. PRE-KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 12 10-12 Redmyre Road Strathfield NSW 2135 Telephone 61 2 9752 9444 firstname.lastname@example.org www.meriden.nsw.edu.au Open Morning Thursday, 12 September, 9am to 11am REID AND WATSON CANDIDATES SPELL OUT WHY THEY SHOULD GET YOUR VOTE TONY BURKE Labor Member for Watson I’ve lived locally all my life and I’ve always been passionate about our local area. As your readers know, Strathfield is where I went to high school and I’ve continued to have a close engagement on a voluntary basis with St Patrick’s Strathfield for many years. In my time as local member of Parliament I’ve fought for many changes and I’ve seen many improvements to our local area. I’ve seen the quality of facilities at our schools improved markedly. I’ve also seen new aged care facilities go ahead to make sure that people are given dignity at every stage of life, and I’ve made sure that I’ve paid attention to the tiniest local details, whether it’s been new facilities in the local park or black spot projects on our most dangerous roads. If there’s one thing that’s been clear to me over the past few years, every year brings new challenges for an area like ours. On amalgamation: Amalgamations should be voluntary. CRAIG LAUNDY Liberal candidate for Reid This election is the most important since Federation. It will decide the future of Australia for our children and our children’s children. The Coalition offers strong, experienced and stable government, a stronger economy, stronger borders, a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians. With ever mounting debt we need to tackle the problem head on so that it is not left for our children and our grandchildren to repay. Youth unemployment in Reid is 19.4 per cent and Labor have only made the matter worse by slugging the struggling automotive industry with a car tax that threatens jobs. We need a government that will create jobs, not cut them. Which is why the Coalition has a plan to develop two million jobs over the next ten years. Our Real Solutions Plan will make our country stronger and families more secure. If the people of Reid want change they need to vote for it. As a third generation local who is raising my three beautiful children in the area, I’ll be a strong and passionate representative for our area. On amalgamation: I am a strong supporter of Strathfield Council. RON DELEZIO Liberal candidate for Watson I want to give back to the people of Watson as it was this community that helped my family and I pull through when my daughter Sophie was catastrophically injured in a day care accident. My wife Carolyn and I subsequently formed a national charity, which has raised more than $12 million for life saving equipment for the Children’s Hospital in Westmead. I aim to be an effective local member and will work hard to ease cost-of-living pressures, help to grow small businesses and help to create one million new jobs over the next five years across the country. The people of Watson deserve a government that cares about them. I’m committed to our community and our country and that is why I am standing as a Liberal candidate at this federal election. On amalgamation: “I support local government and its role of providing services to our local communities. JOHN MURPHY Labor Member for Reid Local people will have a clear choice at this election between Labor’s positive plan for the future and the negativity of Tony Abbott. Re-electing a Labor government means a new way of addressing the economic challenges of the future. For Strathfield this means: Our Better Schools Plan to give our kids the individual attention they need to reach their full potential; Fast and affordable internet services with the delivery of the National Broadband Network; and jobs for the people of Strathfield. People in Strathfield cannot afford the risks that a Tony Abbott government poses to local jobs and services. He will cut to the bone and damage our economy. Tony Abbott and the Liberals have no plan to keep our local economy strong – just empty slogans and big cuts that will hurt local services, local jobs, families and the economy. The only way to stop a Liberal government from cutting local services, slashing local jobs and hurting our economy, is to vote for Labor. On amalgamation: we are opposed to the amalgamation of local council.
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