Ley accepts debate
Tuesday, 10th August, 2010
Local Federal MP Sussan Ley has accepted a challenge to a public debate from the Labor candidate for Farrer, Christian Emmery.
Mr Emmery challenged Ms Ley to a public debate on the economy yesterday.
He said voters have a right to know where Ms Ley stands.
"The voters of Farrer have a right to know where Sussan Ley stands on the huge cuts to the economy that Tony Abbott intends to make, the cuts to services, the cuts to infrastructure development, cuts which will increase unemployment.
"We haven't heard from Sussan Ley as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer; yes she is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and clearly on her website she considers she has the qualifications for the task."
Ms Ley's website shows her tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Masters of Taxation Law and a Masters of Accounting.
She has previously been employed as the Director of Technical Training with the Australian Taxation Office.
Her website states she aims to "apply her formal economic knowledge to work in the best interests of her constituents in rural and regional Australia".
"The fact is Sussan Ley has not been heard on the economy, she has not promoted or defended the appalling economic policies of the Coalition," Mr Emmery said.
Mr Emmery has written to Ms Ley to formally challenge her to a debate.
"I am available anytime before the election to debate the economy - I'm available any place.
"I'm happy to travel to Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Albury, Ivanhoe, Holbrook, Balranald or any other town in the electorate.
"The families, farmers and small businesses of Farrer deserve to know what are the economic priorities of their representatives," Mr Emmery said.
Ms Ley welcomed the challenge, saying she would be "delighted to accept".
Ms Ley did however say that Mr Emmery "could have just called her to arrange the debate" instead of sending a letter.
"I (am) delighted to accept and look forward very much to making the case for why the Coalition's approach to economic management will result in a more productive and prosperous Australia," Ms Ley said.
She also asked Mr Emmery to contact her to make a time for the debate.