FRESH FACE: Christian Kunde has been chosen as the Labor candidate to take on incumbent and federal Health Minister Sussan Ley in the seat of Farrer. Photo: Fairfax.HEALTH will be the centrepiece of the Farrer election battle after Albury trainee doctor Christian Kunde was confirmed as the Labor candidate on Monday.
The Farrer electorate now includes Leeton.
“As a married man with a young family I want a future that is brighter for inland cities like Albury, Griffith and Deniliquin, not one that echoes the haves and have-nots of Malcolm Turnbull’s world,” he said.
The 30-year-old father of two is a trainee doctor at Albury hospital where Greens candidate Dr Amanda Cohn also works and the seat is held by health minister, Sussan Ley, with a margin of more than 20 per cent.
Mr Kunde said he had first-hand experience of the Coalition government’s health agenda and was particularly concerned about mental health services in the electorate.
“I’ve worked in the front line of our health services and I know firsthand the effect that Ms Ley’s government’s policies are having and will continue to have,” hesaid.
“Our health system is under attack and I want to be the one to defend that.
“Communities in our electorate should have the same access to those in Sydney and Melbourne.
Currently in Hay there is no access to psychological services and residents there have to travel to Griffith or Albury to access those services.
“The Coalition assault on Medicare has already started and Ms Ley has shownherself unwilling and unable to defend public health.”
Ms Ley said the NSW local health networks might have positions vacant, but some services were a state responsibility and some were federal.
Mr Kunde accused the government of having policies that would “drag us to an American-style health system”.
“I’m standing for Labor because we are committed to a strong and equitable public health care system,” he said.
Mr Kunde stood for the Bullet Train Party at the 2013 federal election on the Central Coast and remains a strong supporter of fast rail.
“This has the potential to transform the economy of inland cities,” he said.Mr Kunde also supported Labor’s border protection policy.
The Labor party is the last of the major parties to announce a candidate.
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