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Ben Small: Consider your vote carefully this Federal election

In less than 39 days, you will hold a pencil over a ballot paper and make a choice.

As a fellow West Australian, I’m asking that you carefully consider the consequences of that choice for our great State.

The pandemic has been tough, but on almost every measure — economic growth, jobs, debt, fatalities or vaccination rates — Australia’s recovery is leading the world.

When we first locked down, Treasury predicted unemployment could reach 15 per cent.

It is now just 4 per cent — the equal lowest in 48 years.

This wasn’t good luck, it was down to good economic management.

On Monday, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese couldn’t even guess what the unemployment rate is, so it’s no wonder that Labor has never trusted Albanese to deliver a Budget after more than 25 years in Parliament.

Worse still, Greens leader Adam Bandt has demanded an immediate ban on new gas projects.

For WA, that would kill off more than 12,000 high-paid local jobs.

If you think Albanese wouldn’t do a deal with the Greens to become prime minister, think again.

Every West Australian remembers the carbon tax that resulted from Julia Gillard’s desperate deal with the Greens in 2010.

Please consider your vote carefully — and don’t risk our economy with Labor who are unproved, untested and unknown.

Ben Small in a Liberal senator for Western Australia.

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