Incumbent Boothby MP Nicolle Flint (left) and Labor candidate Nadia Clancy (right).© Supplied by ABC Information
Incumbent Boothby MP Nicolle Flint (left) and Labor candidate Nadia Clancy (proper).

South Australian Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has refused to reply questions on whether or not she regrets supporting the decision for a management spill that ousted former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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The Boothby MP was certainly one of 43 Liberal MPs who signed a petition calling on then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to name a gathering to find out “the management of the social gathering” in August final yr.

Throughout a debate on ABC Radio Adelaide with Labor candidate Nadia Clancy, Ms Flint was requested by her opponent why she supported the decision for the spill, which led to the autumn of Mr Turnbull and the elevation of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister.

Ms Flint urged folks to not deal with the previous in the course of the upcoming election.

“We are able to deal with the previous at this election — I do know your GetUp! and union mates want to distract folks with this query — however we’ve a transparent selection in the course of the upcoming election,” Ms Flint mentioned.

“A selection between Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with decrease taxes, plans for a stronger economic system and guaranteeing of central companies, or it is a selection of a Invoice Shorten authorities, who will devastate our retirees.”

ABC Radio Adelaide co-presenter Ali Clarke interjected and requested: “Nicolle Flint, do you remorse your position on this?”

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The query was repeated, earlier than Ms Flint restated her want for Boothby voters to not “dwell on the previous”.

“I am asking voters to take a look at my very sturdy document of supply for our group,” she said.

She mentioned she was “not asking folks to neglect” however to deal with the “very clear selection at this election”.

Co-presenter David Bevan replied: “Sure or no, do you remorse your resolution in deposing Malcolm Turnbull?”

“Scott Morrison is the Prime Minister, David, and I am saying to folks they have a really clear selection at this election,” she replied.

The seat of Boothby, which covers suburbs south of Adelaide and a part of the coast, is South Australia’s most marginal seat, with a 2.7 per cent margin following the 2018 redistribution.

Persons are ‘sick of politicians’

Through the debate, Ms Clancy admitted that folks had been “sick of politicians” on each side of politics and it was time to throw scare campaigns and deceptive language out the window.

Ms Flint requested Ms Clancy: “Why do you, your chief Invoice Shorten and the Labor Get together wish to damage native retirees, small companies, mum and pa buyers in Boothby with taxes on their properties, investments and on their financial savings?”

Ms Clancy responded that she was out doorknocking “commonly”, talking with folks and making telephone calls and the message was clear.

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“Persons are simply completed with this sort of language and completed with folks being deceptive … individuals are over it,” she mentioned.

When it was identified to Ms Clancy that Labor “wrote the e book on scare campaigns” with the ‘Mediscare’ marketing campaign three years in the past, she was requested if her social gathering may actually take the ethical excessive floor on this concern.

She replied that Labor had been clear “this election” that it needed to place an finish to scare campaigns and be a “constructive social gathering”.

David Bevanasked what was the distinction between Ms Flint asking folks to neglect her position within the management spill and Ms Clancy asking folks to neglect Labor’s previous scare campaigns.

“You say individuals are sick of this form of factor, perhaps they’re sick of each of you?” he requested.

Ms Clancy agreed and mentioned “truthfully, individuals are sick of politicians usually”.

“I sit down with folks and have a protracted dialog and chat with them and I perceive the preliminary response is, ‘Oh God, are you able to get a politician or a possible politician out of my face as a result of I am over this and I simply need folks to take heed to me and symbolize me’.”

The difficulty of franking credit a scorching matter

The Labor candidate was additionally requested about her social gathering’s proposed modifications to franking credit — a taxable rebate to shareholders who obtain dividends which have already incurred firm tax.

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“We are going to nonetheless be giving folks franking credit the place they will scale back their tax invoice to zero,” she mentioned.

“No-one on a pension or part-pension might be affected by our coverage.

“What we’re doing is stopping tax refunds to individuals who have not paid tax — a coverage that’s presently costing our funds $6 billion a yr and is forecast to price $eight billion a yr sooner or later and we have to be placing these billions of {dollars} into our healthcare system.”

She mentioned she didn’t have a determine of what number of Boothby residents would lose earnings below the proposed modifications, nonetheless, Ms Flint mentioned folks can be shedding between $5 and $15,000.

“These will not be rich folks — these are individuals who have labored unimaginable exhausting to offer for their very own retirement,” she mentioned. 

“People who find themselves happy with the truth that they’re supporting themselves so they are not having to take cash from Australian taxpayers. They do not wish to be a burden on the system.”

Ms Flint requested her competitor whether or not a Labor authorities would additionally decide to fixing the Hove degree crossing on Brighton Street, the intersection at Fullarton Street and Cross Street and reactivate the Repat Hospital.

She mentioned that it might match all commitments.

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