FORMER union official Scott Martin has been named as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Grey and believes he can bring a wealth of experience to the role.
Mr Martin was the Whyalla representative for the Australian Workers Union for 10 years and has been in close contact with most of the Arrium workforce throughout the company’s crisis.
“Because I have been a regional organiser, I am familiar with the region’s agriculture and horticulture industries and I can use my experience with dealing in a lot of different areas to my advantage,” he said.
Mr Martin said the experience of being made redundant many years ago through off-shoring would help him empathise with voters who had lost their jobs.
Despite coming in two weeks into the election campaign, Mr Martin said he did not feel he was at a disadvantage in the race.
“It will be a tough race. The seat is held by a 13.5 percent margin and most times that number would turn someone away from doing this,” he said.
“In fact that has been a major motivation for me to take the job on because I believe we can make a big dent in it.”