Two candidates so far for Flinders

With the state election less than six weeks away, only two candidates have been confirmed so far for the seat of Flinders.

However there could be five or more candidates vying for the seat on election day on March 17.

The incumbent member for Flinders, Liberal Peter Treloar, and Labor’s Julie Watson are the only two confirmed candidates but nominations for party-endorsed candidates do not close until February 23.

A spokesperson for the Greens said the party would be running a candidate and the Australian Conservatives and SA Best have said they may run candidates.

Mr Treloar said his campaign would be focused on more jobs, lower costs and better services, including a policy to invest $20 million into the country health workforce to recruit, train and develop professionals on the Eyre Peninsula. 

He said roads were also “top of mind” for country people.

“Our (the state Liberal’s) policy announcement to commit 30 per cent of the state’s mining royalties into country roads and regional infrastructure will allow us to address some of back-log in road funding,” he said.

Ms Watson said her focus would be education, employment and health.

“(I will focus on) education and ensuring schools in my electorate get their share of funding to ensure our young people are reviving quality education within our regional schools.

“I welcome the $140 million investment government has provided to upgrade the country hospital network and the $14 million per annum boost that SA Country Health will revive over the next decade and I am sure this will go a long way to improve services to regional hospitals and health services.”

Both candidates will continue to push for a better Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS), which helps pay for travel and accommodation for people from rural areas to see specialists.

Mr Treloar said the last federal election, which saw Nick Xenophon Team candidate Andrea Broadfoot almost win the seat of Grey, was not representative of the state election for Flinders.

“The 27.74 per cent vote achieved by the Nick Xenophon Team (as it was then) represents the vote in the federal electorate of Grey,” Mr Treloar said.

“This was after a strong showing in Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie with very different and quite specific federal issues at the time.

“In fact, in the 2016 federal election, Rowan Ramsey ultimately won every booth across what is the state seat of Flinders.”

Ms Watson said she was not worried about other candidates in the election and had been focusing on her campaign.

“I have no concerns if SA Best or any other party put up a candidate in this electorate” Ms Watson said.

Flinders has been held by Mr Treloar since 2010.

A final list of candidates for Flinders will be available on February 26.