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Liberals endorse public servant Ed Cocks to contest Bean

By Ian Bushnell 3 October 2018 3

Ed Cocks and Senator Zed Seselja celebrate the preselection victory. Photo: Facebook

The Canberra Liberals have endorsed public servant Ed Cocks as the party’s candidate to contest the new southern federal seat of Bean.

He defeated businesswoman Jane Hiatt in the recent preselection ballot.

Mr Cocks has a young family and lives in Monash, participating in local councils and on the Monash Primary School Board. He previously stood as a Canberra Liberals candidate in the 2016 ACT election in the seat of Brindabella, and has lived in Tuggeranong since 1992.

He works for the Commonwealth Department of Health and has been a policy convenor with the Liberals since November 2016.

Mr Cocks thanked Liberal Party members for their support, saying he would lead a strong campaign against Labor.

“I will stand for a stronger economy and a better deal for the electorate of Bean,” he said in a statement. “A stronger economy means more jobs for Canberrans, and guarantees the essential services the people of Bean rely on.

“I believe Australians should keep more of what they earn, and not be punished by Labor’s attack on electricity prices, small business, housing and seniors.”

He will take on Labor Senator David Smith – who replaced Katy Gallagher in the Upper House, but successfully negotiated a move to a Lower House race when he won preselection for Bean in August – and the Greens’ Johnathan Davis.

Mr Cocks’ preselection adds to the Liberal Party team for the election likely next May, with Senator Zed Seselja and Robert Gunning already endorsed for the Senate ticket earlier this year.

Senator Seselja said Canberrans had a clear choice in the upcoming election between the Liberal-National Government’s stronger economy, and Labor’s plan for $200 billion in higher taxes.

“The Liberal-National Government is delivering a strong economy, keeping electricity prices down, and backing small business. Labor has promised to increase taxes, and implement policy that will cause electricity prices to skyrocket, and take a sledgehammer to the property market,” he said.

“Ed is an outstanding candidate and will stand up for the values important to the electors of Bean.”

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Belconandonandon 7:21 pm 03 Oct 18

There’s not much in this article specific to the division of Bean or even the ACT generally. This could have been written about pretty much any electorate in Australia. Does the Liberal party just have a generic election advertisement that says “[insert candidate name here] is an outstanding candidate and will stand up for the values important to the electors of [insert electorate here]”?

Also considering after more than five years this government STILL doesn’t have a proper energy policy and their tax policy is basically “give massive unfunded tax cuts to multinationals and millionaires”, this isn’t exactly a great pitch.

Spiral 2:20 pm 03 Oct 18

Is he another dinosaur like Zed, or is he a progressive Liberal who may win back the support from those who identify as Liberal but have vowed never to vote for Zed and his mates again?

    Garfield 6:32 am 04 Oct 18

    That picture says enough doesn’t it? I can’t imagine Zed being that chummy with a moderate liberal in the mould of someone like Gary Humphries or Turnbull. It should be easy to confirm. When he’s out campaigning ask him if he supports the repeal of the Andrews Bill. As policy convenor I’m guessing he might have been at that membership meeting where they voted to privatise the ABC, so asking if he voted for that could be another good one.

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