13 May 2019

Coalition Campaign launch speech

Welcome to the great state of Victoria for the 2019 Coalition campaign launch.  From Apollo Bay to Ocean Grove to Drysdale, from Grovedale to Bannockburn to Birregurra, I am very proud to be your Liberal member for Corangamite.

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land – the Boon Wurrung and Woi-wurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin nation and pay respect to their elders – past, present and emerging.

And of course, a very special acknowledgement to all the Mums here today – happy Mother’s Day.  We also remember the Mums who are no longer with us, like my wonderful mother Ann.

Today is about the future.  Today is about families.  About communities.  About our children. Today is about our country.

This election is so important.  Polling is already underway. And each and every day, Australians are deciding who they trust.

– Who they trust to deliver on promises made.

– Who they trust to keep them safe, to keep our borders secure.

– Who they trust to ensure a strong economy and a secure future.

And Ladies and Gentleman, we know that only a Liberal National Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison can do all those things.

Only our Government has this track record of delivery.

– Balanced, surplus budgets.

– Secure borders.

– A strong economy.

Because, friends, without a strong economy you can’t pay for services; you can’t increase funding for schools and hospitals and aged care;  you can’t deliver infrastructure – better roads, faster rail including might I say in Geelong and Corangamite  – and you can’t invest in a secure future.

Trust is important in politics. And at this election the choice couldn’t be clearer.

A choice between our leader, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and the Bill Australia Can’t Afford.

Ladies and gentleman, how good is Scott Morrison!!

I serve in his government and in his Ministry. He is a man of integrity, a man of conviction, of strong values, someone you can trust – to deliver, get things done.

Then there’s Bill Shorten who not even the cleaners at Cleanevent could trust.

For the past two weeks on pre-poll, I’ve learned that many people in Corangamite don’t trust Bill Shorten – including local union members and former shop stewards who saw him run the factory floor, and never want to see him run the country.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my late mother served as a Liberal MP in the Kennet Govt.  She, along with my father, taught my brother, sister and me to stand up for what we believed in, do what’s right and take individual responsibility for our actions. They taught us to live within our means and that no one owed us a living, to work hard. They instilled in us a strong belief in family. In community. And in a fair and just society.

These are my values. They’re Liberal values. Their our Party’s values.

I’m so proud of our Party. I’m so proud of our government.  And of our prime minister.  I know you are looking forward to hearing from him shortly.

But first, could you please be upstanding for the national anthem, performed by a fantastic country singer, who is also our candidate for Fenner.

She flew down from Canberra with her mum to be with us – please welcome to the stage — Leanne Castley

12 May 2019