Buckingham launches McMillan campaign

Labor has launched its campaign to win back the Federal seat of McMillan at the next federal election.

The seat, taking in Moe, Newborough, Yallourn North, Trafalgar, Yarragon, Erica, Rawson, Thorpdale and Mirboo North, has been held by the Liberals since Russell Broadbent defeated Christian Zahra at the 2004 election.

The ALP’s campaign was officially launched in Drouin this week by Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.

Labor candidate Chris Buckingham said he would focus on employment stability, pressure on household budgets, confidence in the local economy and concern about the environment.

“McMillan needs strong, positive leadership from a local representative who is prepared to argue the case for their community,” Mr Buckingham said.

“The feedback from people right across the electorate is that they are ready for a change and they appreciate their local ALP candidate being active in the community.”

Mr Dreyfus said the Labor candidate brought “energy, intelligence and commitment” to the campaign.

“He understands the issues that matter to his community and will be a terrific advocate both locally and in Canberra,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“The mood in the room this evening was very positive. Chris is passionate about the region. His enthusiasm is infectious and he will attract significant support from locals looking for new energy and vitality.”