Bid to keep seat

Story appeared in: Valley | November 9th, 2016

VOTERS in the state electorate of Canterbury will head to the polls this Saturday, with health, overdevelopment and the environment the hotly discussed issues.
Sophie Cotsis is expected to retain the seat for Labor, which has a safe margin of 15.1 per cent.
Ms Cotsis hopes to take the reins from long-sitting MP Linda Burney, who resigned from the State Parliament to successfully run for the seat of Barton at the 2016 Federal Election.
"As I doorknock right across Canterbury, people are deeply worried about the future of our health services and the increasing Americanisation of our system," Ms Cotsis said.
"Labor will also take steps to save Wolli Creek bushland and will stop the cuts to TAFE and schools."
The Liberal Party will not contest the by-election, citing "a lack of resources to run an effective campaign", with Ms Cotsis' only opponents Branka Kouroushis for the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) and the Greens' Kristian Bodell.
Mr Bodell says the biggest issues facing Canterbury are the Sydenham to Bankstown metro, which the Greens oppose, and over-development.
"The plan is to rip up a functioning train line and replace it with an impractical and lower capacity one at a cost of $10 billion," he said.
"During the construction, you will be forced onto buses for at least six months."
Mr Bodell says the Greens support sustainable, well-planned development not the "high-rise greed that was backed by the Labor-dominated former Canterbury Council".
The Christian Democratic Party's candidate, Mrs Kouroushis has lived in the Canterbury-Bankstown area since 1992.

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Publication: Valley | Section: News | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 122880 | Viewcount: 46352