EDEN-Monaro candidate Peter Hendy is set to stick with his focus on national issues as the campaign for the bellwether seat plays out.
He told The Queanbeyan Age this week that although his policy platform was made up exclusively of blanket national policies from the Coalition, they each held a benefit for Eden-Monaro voters.
"Our policies and what we've announced to date from the Coalition have been policies that affect people in Eden-Monaro. They're actually local policies," he said.
"One of the single biggest issues that's been raised with me when I go around Eden-Monaro and Queanbeyan has been electricity prices.
"We're the only party that has a policy to abolish the carbon tax and the ETS and relieve pressure on electricity prices. That affects everybody in Queanbeyan, that affects every business in Queanbeyan, and that's a local policy as far as I'm concerned because it's actually directly impacting on Queanbeyan voters."
Mr Hendy also cited a 1.5 per cent reduction in the company tax rate as benefitting Queanbeyan businesses.
"Most incorporated businesses are actually small businesses in this country. So that corporate tax cut is a corporate tax cut for Queanbeyan small businesses, and that is a huge benefit to Queanbeyan," he said.
He campaigned on two new policies in the Coalition's 'Real Solutions Plan' this week, announcing his support for $25,000 grants for surf lifesaving clubs to increase water safety and $100 million in Coalition funding to tackle mobile phone blackspots around the nation.
Meanwhile, his Labor counterpart Mike Kelly has been travelling the electorate and announcing a range of new funding for Eden-Monaro projects over recent weeks, including a $5 million federal grant for a water recycling plant at Googong, and a $217,000 program to train local businesses in using the NBN.
It's the advantage of incumbency, but Mr Hendy said Dr Kelly was not unbeatable. He's also made use of some high-profile Liberal colleagues, campaigning with shadow foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop in Queanbeyan on Sunday and shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull in Cooma and Jindabyne early last week.
"We're the underdogs in Eden-Monaro," he said.
"To beat an incumbent in a country seat is very, very difficult, but we're throwing resources at it and it's one of our key target seats.
"There is a benefit of incumbency, but that doesn't mean there can't be a change in Eden-Monaro. Gary Nairn and Jim Snow (former members for Eden-Monaro) have also previously held those advantages but they both lost," he said.
Catch Eden-Monaro candidates Peter Hendy, Mike Kelly and more as they debate at the Queanbeyan Meet the Candidates night, next Tuesday night at The Q.