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Caught Shorten (again): Would-be PM continues trend of snubbing the regions

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has again snubbed regional Western Australia by refusing to venture outside of Perth on his latest visit to the State.

In WA for four days this week, Mr Shorten again thumbed his nose at regional West Australians by limiting himself to marginal electorates in the city and the urban fringe.

Leader Mia Davies said Mr Shorten had made a point of being seen to be a close ally of Premier Mark McGowan and the two Labor leaders shared similar traits.

“Both Mr McGowan and Mr Shorten hold a very dim view of regional West Australians,” she said.

“How else can you explain Mr McGowan’s attack on communities outside of Perth over the past two years which has seen his Government pull funding and programs from the bush?

“Meanwhile, Mr Shorten’s itinerary suggests he doesn’t know there is a WA which exists beyond the Darling Scarp.”

The Nationals Kalgoorlie-based Senate candidate Nick Fardell said Mr Shorten’s continued neglect of regional areas was a bitter pill to swallow for regional people.  

“The last time I checked all West Australians pay their taxes to the Commonwealth and actually contribute a hell of a lot to the national GDP,” Mr Fardell said.

“It is completely unacceptable that Mr Shorten and his WA Labor colleagues think it is acceptable for the alternate Prime Minister to spend four days in our State but not one second outside of Perth.

“What Mr Shorten’s actions are saying to the people of Kalgoorlie, Albany, Esperance, Karratha, Broome, Carnarvon and everywhere in-between is that a vote for Labor in the upcoming election is a vote for city interests only.” 

Since being announced a candidate, Mr Fardell has been racking up the “country Ks” in his bid to be the first Nationals Senator from WA in more than 40 years.

“On 19 July 2018 my odometer read 161,937km. Today it shows a tick over 216,000km,” Mr Fardell said.

“It’s been the world’s longest job interview and I still have tens of thousands of kilometres to travel before election day, but West Australians can rest assured knowing I, and the WA Nats, are listening.”