Liberal minister Ken Wyatt has backed Scott Morrison in a bid to retain the party’s most marginal seat in WA.
Mr Wyatt told The Australian any lingering feelings of anger in relation to the leadership spill in August had “eased” and added Malcolm Turnbull’s behaviour since his departure had “disappointed” voters.
He said with polling day just over three weeks away, voters were focused on living costs and jobs – which ligns up well with Mr Morrison as his leader.
“They like his sincerity, they like his honesty and they like his personable approach to the ordinary person,” Mr Wyatt told The Australian
“There were people who liked Malcolm because of his stance previously on issues around energy and climate but equally they were disappointed at the way Malcolm has been since leaving politics. People are honest barometers and they speak their mind.
“Every campaign’s a fight because every election I’ve stood for, and it’s all three (since 2010), I was told the same thing: that I was in the fight for my life, that I would find it hard to be re-elected. But the people of Hasluck have judged me on my performance and certainly on what I’ve been able to fight for and deliver for them.”
Hasluck consists of a broad range of residents and is held on a margin of 2.1 per cent.
Set to launch his campaign on Sunday, Mr Wyatt has listed aged care and youth mental health services as key election issues in the electorate.