Liberal candidate for Greenway James Diaz has defended his reluctance to be interviewed by the press, saying he is too busy with campaigning in his electorate.
He said he had been out every day at train stations, shopping centres, schools and street stalls in Blacktown and Toongabbie and that the media had been there too.
‘‘My focus during this election campaign has been talking directly to as many people as possible here in Greenway,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve spoken to thousands of people as I doorknocked homes and visited local train stations and shopping centres.
‘‘I have been able to hear directly from Greenway residents about the issues that matter to them.’’
Mr Diaz said this in response to some of the 12 questions the Sun sent to him after he could not be contacted for a one-on-one interview for more than two weeks.
He evaded many questions, especially related to the allegation in a daily tabloid that he doesn’t live in the electorate of Greenway.
But when pressed, he said: ‘‘ I am proud to be a local. I grew up in Toongabbie, I went to school in the area and have worked locally for the past 15 years.
‘‘I still live in Toongabbie and am happy to speak with anyone about the issues that are important at this election.’’
On why he chose to enter politics when he is media-shy — especially after his disastrous interview with Channel 10 about asylum seekers — he said: ‘‘I am genuinely committed to working hard for my community – that is the reason why I became involved in politics.
‘‘This election is critical.
‘‘We have a chance to make sure the next three years of government are not like the last six under Labor.’’
He then ended the standard party line: ‘‘If elected, Tony Abbott will immediately scrap the carbon tax which will save the average Greenway family $550 a year.
‘‘The Coalition will rebuild our economy to create local jobs, ease cost of living pressures and we will stop the boats.’’
The questions sent to Mr Diaz were:
1) Why are you not available to speak with the Blacktown Sun?
2) Is it because of your bad experience with Channel 10 or party instruction?
3) Is it because you are suspicious of the media. Why?
4) Are you married, and do you have any children?
5) Where do you live?
6) Why are you involved in politics?
7) Why did you choose the Liberal Party?
8) If you are media-shy, why go into politics?
9) What do you hope to do for Greenway if you are elected?
10) What have you learned from your campaigning?
11) Are you confident of winning?
12) Who is helping you in the campaign? Father, brothers, sisters, wives etc.?