The Liberal candidate for Greenway, Jaymes Diaz, has been embarrassed by an awkward interview with a Channel 10 reporter in which he was unable to articulate the party’s policy on stopping asylum seeker boats.
Interviewed by John Hill, Diaz repeatedly referred to the Liberal Party’s “six-point plan” to “stop the boats” but was unable to itemise the six points. Diaz said: “Here’s the thing. The boats started under Kevin Rudd. Under the Coalition government, we’d stopped the boats.”
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Diaz was also unable to provide much detail about other areas of policy. The interview was eventually brought to an end by a Liberal Party official.
Diaz, a controversial candidate not supported in some sections of the Liberal Party, is contesting the outer metropolitan Sydney electorate for the second time. In 2010, he secured a swing of 4.79% against the new Labor candidate, Michelle Rowland, losing by 1402 votes and reducing her margin to 0.88%.