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    2018 - 07.03

    Arthur Rorris with Bec Schmidt. Picture: KIRK GILMOURElection 2015: NSW decidesWollongong state election candidate Arthur Rorris has denied his independent status would be an obstacle to getting things done if elected to Parliament.
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    As an independent MP, Mr Rorris would have to negotiate with the government on funding for projects like the Unanderra railway station lifts.

    However, lift campaigner and stroke survivor Rebecca Schmidt endorsed Mr Rorris as the candidate most likely to secure the crucial service for Unanderra.

    Ms Schmidt said she had been contacted by candidates from the major parties since a video of her attempting to climb the steps at Unanderra station with double amputee Tony Lyndon went viral.

    “I think Arthur has most potential to get it done, he doesn’t have anyone above him telling him what to do,” she said.

    “It might be the deciding factor in getting something done.”

    Mr Rorris argued his ability to focus on the job, rather than party politics, would offset his solo status in Parliament.

    “Consider how much time party bosses spend in those caucus meetings, a lot of time is spent knifing each other for the next job in the party,” he said.

    “Every hour they’re spending in Macquarie Street I will have an extra hour to spend on Crown Street … every hour of my day will be spent on issues like Unanderra station.”

    He accused Wollongong Labor MP Noreen Hay of being “missing in action” during her elected term.

    “How can you expect to get the job when you don’t show up to the interview,” he said.

    Ms Hay hit back at the claims Mr Rorris would be better able to address local issues than candidates from major parties.

    “Who does Mr Rorris think he is kidding if he thinks the people of the Illawarra will believe that he can deliver anything for our community as a lone voice in the 93-seat NSW Parliament,” she said.

    “The only way to get the lifts that we deserve at Unanderra train station is the election of a Foley Labor government on Saturday.”

    Mr Rorris announced that if elected, he would hold regular town hall-style meetings.

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