Doctor aims for Canberra

RESPECTED Jewish paediatrician Dr Mike Freelander is set to run on a platform of improving access to health and education services as Labor’s candidate for the marginal federal south-western Sydney electorate of Macarthur.

Although Macarthur has not been held by Labor since 1996, sitting Liberal MP Russell Matheson’s margin has fallen from 11.4 per cent to just 2.8 per cent, ensuring a tight contest.

Freelander, 62, is a senior paediatrician at Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals with more than three decades of medical practice in the region, and is not shy to speak out about public health issues.

Speaking of his motivation for entering the federal election race, Freelander said, “I want to serve the families of the Macarthur region and ensure that they get proper access to medical support and education – that is why I decided to stand.

Full story by SHANE DESIATNIK in the Australian Jewish News