Treasurer Scott Morrison needs to convince his new St George constituents in his Cook electorate that despite him being the “Cronulla Sharks Number one ticket holder” he will also look after fans of the rival rugby league team, the Dragons.
Morrison is a fixture at Cronulla Sharks home games when not in Canberra. This year, the Sharks Board named him the club's Number 1 ticket holder.
“He is going to have the inevitable battle with coming over to St. George and convincing all of us Dragons’ fans that he can share his support for our side as well as his.” Monterey resident Paul Francis, 63 said.
Mr. Morrison recently watched the Cronulla Sharks defeat the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and move to the top of the NRL Ladder. The Treasurer hopes to have the same successful outcome with the election this July.
Many in the St George area did not know they were in Morrison’s electorate until they received a welcoming letter from the Treasurer.
“I did not know the Shire and St. George areas were being amalgamated into one Federal electorate until I got the letter,” Mr Francis said. “I was surprised that he would think it was important to write to each of his individual constituents house by house, (but) I thought it was better coming from him [rather] than the electoral roll or somebody else.”
The boundary changes heavily impact the Cook electorate. Shifting across the Georges River means the Sutherland Shire seat will now include the suburbs of Monterey, Beverly Park, Blakehurst, Carss Park, Kyle Bay, Sandringham and Sans Souci.
The Cook electorate, named after Captain James Cook, has lost the suburbs of Como, Jannali, Oyster Bay, Bonnet Bay, Kareela, Kirrawee and parts of Sutherland to the neighbouring electorate of Hughes.
The net effect of the changes should help Morrison tighten his grip on the seat with the existing 16.4 per cent margin increasing by approximately one per cent.
“Scott Morrison is a pretty powerful man in the Liberal party and might be able to do things in the electorate that have been foregone,” Mr. Francis said.
However, Labor's youthful candidate David Atkins, a locally born and bred student at the University of Wollongong says Mr Morrison has neglected voters in Cook.