Labor’s Josh Willie wins Upper House seat

FIRST-time candidate for Elwick, Josh Willie, pictured left, has won a seat in Tasmania’s Upper House following a strong campaign in the recent Legislative Council elections.

The Lutana local defeated former independent member Adriana Taylor, increasing Labor’s representation in the Upper House to two members.

Mr Willie, a former primary school teacher, said he credited his win to a strong social media and door knocking campaign.

“With the periodic election cycle, it is very difficult to be a challenger in Upper House elections, so I had to really think about how I was going to get my message out there,” he said.

“People want to know what their politicians stand for and I thought the best way to do that would be to get out into the community and talk to thousands of people in the Elwick electorate.

“I also think people were looking for a younger voice in Parliament and I will work hard to make sure I don’t let down the people who have put their trust in me.”

Mr Willie said his presence in the Upper House had already been felt with his involvement in Labor’s new 10-year passenger transport strategy.

The $60 million plan will see the introduction of a Passenger Transport Corporation, with the aim of increasing full-fare passengers by 50 per cent.

“If we can modernise passenger transport and get the northern suburbs better connected to the city, then it’s going to be a fundamental driver for economic growth,” Mr Willie said.

“Having a background in education, I also think the northern suburbs needs a vision of opportunity, where no matter your circumstances, you have the resources to flourish, succeed and achieve your dreams.

“Education is a fundamental issue for the people of Elwick and I am very keen to help deliver outcomes in this area.”

With a strong sense of social justice and a desire to make a difference, Mr Willie said he was “absolutely elated” with his new position.

“I think Elwick is a fantastic community with great people, fabulous scenery and enormous potential to attract more businesses and jobs,” he said.

“It is a great honour be able to represent the community where I work and live.”

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