Labor candidate for Fisher, Nat Cook, must be open and honest with the people of Fisher and admit that as the Labor candidate for the seat of Fisher she has no option but to support the Labor Government’s massive hikes to the Emergency Services Levy.
“Labor candidates are bound by the pledge to support Labor polices and Ms Cook must have signed that pledge before becoming the Labor candidate for Fisher,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.
This morning on ABC radio Ms Cook sought to fudge her support for the Labor Government’s ESL increase:
(Bevan: Do you support the Emergency Services Levy going up?)
Nat Cook: I need to be fully briefed around the Emergency Services Levy, I, as you say this has been a whirlwind ride and I’ve been in this seat for about three days now so I – [unclear]….
(Bevan: So there’s a question mark then about your support for the Emergency Services Levy?)
Nat Cook: Yeh, I need to be fully briefed; like I said, I need the full definition of that and how that impacts and what I do know is that any increase in any levy or any tax or any [unclear] will have an impact on the household budget and that’s my job.
“The job Ms Cook signed up for is to be the candidate for the party that has imposed massive ESL increases on the majority of South Australians, including those living in the electorate of Fisher,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“Ms Cook cannot have it both ways – she can’t be the Labor candidate for Fisher and oppose Labor Party tax increases.
“When Ms Cook accepted the candidacy for Labor in Fisher she would have done so knowing full well that the Weatherill Labor Government was imposing massive ESL increases on households in Fisher.
“Families in Fisher deserve honesty and transparency about Ms Cook’s position on her Party’s policy.”