Port Lincoln's Watson named Labor candidate for Flinders

CANDIDATE: Julie Watson said health, education and employment were important issues.
CANDIDATE: Julie Watson said health, education and employment were important issues.

Health, education and employment will be a big focus for new Labor candidate for Flinders Julie Watson.

The Port Lincoln resident was announced as the Labor candidate in late October to contest the seat in the state election on March 17, 2018. 

Flinders has been held by Liberal member Peter Treloar since 2010 and has been considered a safe Liberal seat.

Mrs Watson has worked as a qualified chef and as a correctional industrial officer at the Port Lincoln Prison since 2008 and has been a work site union representative for eight years.

She said she would stand up for the people of Flinders and protect the rights of working people.

Mrs Watson said education would be a big topic of discussion and she welcomed the government’s recent funding to Port Lincoln High School and Port Lincoln Special School, as well as Ceduna and Cummins area schools.

“The money will go a long way to improving amenities and capacities of those schools,” she said.

Mrs Watson said jobs would be a big focus for how to attract and maintain businesses in the electorate as well as health with bringing more health services to the region.

She said the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme would be another area of focus under health as it had been a big topic of conversation with voters she had spoken with.

“We have an amazing hospital (in Port Lincoln) with a lot of potential and I think it will be great to attract more visiting specialists,” she said.

The Greens, Nick Xenophon Team and Australian Conservatives have opened up for nominations but no candidates have been announced.