Defeated Alannah MacTiernan slams election campaign
- From: PerthNow
- August 21, 2010
HIGH-PROFILE WA Labor candidate Alannah MacTiernan slammed her party's federal election campaign as a "re-run of the disastrous state 2008 election" after she failed to claim victory in Canning.
As Ms MacTiernan's 17-year political career appeared over - marking the end of an era, she launched an attack on Labor's failure to "sell our good stories", laying the blame at the party's handling of the mining tax.
"I mean, quite frankly, this was to me a re-run of the disastrous state 2008 election and I think that's a tragedy," she said, after admitting her 3.28 per cent swing was not enough, last night.
"I mean we threw that election away - we had a really good story to tell but we decided not to tell it... and I think this is the same thing.
"What we've seen in this election is just a total preponderance of the negative and I just think that's not the right direction we should be going in. Whilst we need to critique, I think we also need to inspire and we seem to have forgotten the inspitational bit."
Ms MacTiernan said Labor's failure to tell Australians that the mining tax was a "bloody good thing" would "probably be the start of a new life for me".
"I think there were many aspects of our story, I think the fact that we vacated the field on the mining tax, you know I actually think the mining tax is a bloody good thing and we should have gone out and told people why it was good, why we needed to do it...
"We did the courageous thing and introduced the minnig tax and we finally came to a resolution on it and then we just walked away and didn't bother telling anyone our story - and I don't believe you can do that.
"I think that's very unfortunate for me - I think it will proably be the start of a new life for me."
Ms MacTiernan said she would not blame anyone last night _ but joked she might try her luck as a "domestic goddess" now that her political career was over.
"I'll go home and clean the house and bake some crusty loaves and do those things I've never done before... I might find myself to be a domestic goddess after all," she said.
Her 17-year political career started in the WA Upper House before she claimed victory in the Lower House seat of Armadale in 1996.
As a former planning and infrastructure minister through two terms of Labor governments, Ms MacTiernan's greatest achievement was delivering the Perth to Mandurah rail line.
Mr Randall, who has held the Federal seat of Canning since 2001, currently enjoys a 4.3 per cent margin.
Canning covers the south-east metropolitan suburbs of Perth, along with adjoining rural areas in the east and south, including the Shires of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Murray and Waroona.