WA Election 2017 - 5 Minutes With The Labor Party

Perth Underground talk to two local Labor candidates, Penny Taylor for Nedlands and Tomas Fitzgerald for Bateman, before the upcoming elections, to be held on March 11.

Dylan Urquhart
April 7, 2017
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In preparation for the upcoming March state election, Perth Underground went out to find a few local candidates to chat to about their love of our amazing city and what their party would be looking towards for the upcoming election.

We spoke with two Labor party candidates, Penny Taylor and Tomas Fitzgerald.

Penny Taylor - Nedlands

Labor candidate, Penny Taylor, will be campaigning for the seat of Nedlands in WA’s upcoming election. Taylor undertook a more unusual route into politics compared to most; her link with Labor actually began when she started writing letters to well-known politicians raising her own concerns for WA. As a business-owner with a background in mining, Taylor is set to bring Labor’s campaign for jobs to fruition in Nedlands during the run-up to the state election. She’ll be standing against long-term Liberal candidate, Bill Marmion, who has already enjoyed an eight-year long term in the Nedlands seat.

We talked to Taylor about her support for Nedlands’ small businesses, the pressures of political life and her future hopes for the state of WA.


Tomas Fitzgerald - Bateman

A relatively new contender in politics, Tomas Fitzgerald is set to contest the seat of Bateman for WA Labor. Before joining Labor back in 2014, Fitzgerald pursued a career in corporate law as a legal counsel for Austal Ships, and has since taken up a position as a senior law lecturer at Notre Dame University in Fremantle. Fitzgerald is expected to feature Labor’s plan for jobs as a key driver of his campaign in Bateman. Since the area is largely assumed to be a relatively safe Liberal seat, this political battle is set to be an interesting one!

We interviewed Tomas to talk life before politics, local Labor policies and what to expect if he’s voted in….

Dylan Urquhart

Local Perth enthusiast, impromptu tour guide, small bar discoverer.