FREMANTLE Liberal candidate Matthew Hanssen has flunked a test put to him by the High School Options for Fremantle group.
The HSOF asked candidates five questions about their views on local high school issues, including expanding John Curtin College of the Arts’ local intake and whether they’d support extra investment in South Fremantle SHS.
Scores were broken down to A (committed), C (partially committed) or F (rejection of/inadequate or no commitment).
Mr Hanssen scored three Fs and two Cs, consigning him to the corner of the class with a pointy hat.
Labor’s Simone McGurk fared better, with four Cs and one A, but the teachers’ pets were Green Andrew Sullivan and independent MP Adele Carles, who both scored five As.
Neither the Socialist Alliance nor Jan ter Horst were asked to participate.
HSOF convenor Traci Gamblin says the group wants high school issues to be a major Fremantle election issue.
“We’re very pleased how much attention this issue has drawn, from statewide media to last week’s Fremantle candidate’s debate and countless door-knocking conversations,” she says.
“We think the scorecard results will be of great interest to Fremantle families and in many cases will sway their vote.
“And whomever wins Fremantle and government—the stage is set for the next important phase of the campaign.”