Labor unveils new Fremantle candidate

Labor has endorsed Fremantle deputy mayor Josh Wilson as its new candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle after Chris Brown was disendorsed for allegedly failing to disclose his prior criminal history.

Mr Brown claimed he had told Labor about a spent conviction for assault, but he was this morning dumped by the party.

Josh Wilson in Fremantle today. PHOTO: Raelee Heath

Josh Wilson in Fremantle today. PHOTO: Raelee Heath

Mr Wilson said he was excited at the challenge.

“It is incredibly humbling to have been asked to stand as the Labor candidate for the city of Fremantle,” Mr Wilson said.

“I’m ready to make a strong case that I’m the best person to represent this electorate.”

Mr Wilson said he went through a crucial selection process to win the position.

“Chris Brown and I have been through a pre-selection process, that’s a challenge that only people who have been through that process can understand,” Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson sid he would focus his campaign on marine conservation and asylum seeker issues.

He said he looked forward to a Labor government doubling the country’s humanitarian intake.

“I also hope to win the federal seat so i can work on my passion of closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson also offered his condolences to Mr Brown.