Aug 19, 2013

In La Trobe, Smyth trying to put the brakes on Liberal slide

Most people are polite at Berwick Station as they're accosted by Labor candidate Laura Smyth, but she has a huge challenge to hold La Trobe. Crikey spent the day in the outer-Melbourne seat.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

It’s 6.35am on the Berwick Bypass in Melbourne’s outer south-eastern fringe, well before sunrise, and the city-bound traffic is already backed up, a blinking river of slow-moving sludge. Each morning, harried headlights queue to make the torturous trek on the Monash, from the booming growth corridor spruiked by every government since Menzies as the place to settle down with three kids and a $300,000 mortgage.

At Berwick Station, just off the freeway, La Trobe Labor MP Laura Smyth is huddled in the lifting darkness, handing out flyers hawking her party’s “$78 million” solution to the Monash problem and, in an indication of Labor’s modern priorities, tax cuts delivered during the 43rd Parliament, supposedly to take the heat off middle-income earners.

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