I constantly hear that Andrew Hastie the liberal candidate for the Canning by-election is a very good candidate.
No-one ever follows up with reasons on why he is.
Given I am in Sydney and Canning is an electorate in Perth I simply do not know whether he is or not. It seems the implication is that because he served as a soldier with distinction then ipso facto he is a very good candidate. There is no correlation here. A man or woman could serve with distinction in the defence forces however that does not mean he or she is a very good candidate.
The only footage I have seen of him involved him saying he was a Christian but he didn't want to express his opinion on same sex marriage. That showed him to be a pretty poor candidate.. To be sure
one can not make the case on whether he is or he is not a very good candidate on one bit tv footage. I am certainly not.
I will be interested if anyone can provide evidence on whether Hastie is a very good candidate or not indeed if he is a better candidate then the ALP candidate.
From where I am standing it seems more people are promoting that so when the result of the Canning by-election is known then a challenge to Tony Abbott might eventuate.