National

Sharkie pleased to see spotlight on Mayo

By AAP Newswire

Federal candidate for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie says she's pleased with government funding committed to the electorate but has called out Liberal "lies" about her allegiance to Labor and the Greens.

Describing the July 28 by-election as a case of "David and Goliath", Ms Sharkie is placing little focus on recent polls which have her well ahead of her main rival, Liberal candidate Georgina Downer.

"They were nice to hear but I'm not putting a lot of weight behind them," she told AAP on Monday.

Ms Sharkie, a member of the Centre Alliance, resigned from parliament after she became embroiled in the dual citizenship saga.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently visited Mayo to announce funding for a local pool, and last week made a trip to Kangaroo Island to commit money for walking trail upgrades and further funds for the airport.

He also revealed BAE Systems Australia would work with shipbuilders ASC on the $35 billion future frigates program in Adelaide.

Ms Sharkie said the announcements, some of which she had campaigned for, were beneficial for the region.

"The only frustrating bit is that I don't get acknowledged," she said.

"The great bit, and the whole purpose of me running in the first place, is that they found Mayo."

But what really irks Ms Sharkie are attempts by the Liberal Party to portray her as aligned with Labor and the Greens which she described as deceiving, after she earlier called on Mr Turnbull to retract comments that she "most of the time votes for the Labor Party".

"We know that political advertising is the one area where there doesn't have to be truth in advertising, and that's exactly the same for me," she said.

"I think I've worked really well with government, but I've also, where it's necessary, stood up and said 'no, that's not right'."

Ms Sharkie held a community forum at Gumeracha, in the Adelaide Hills, on Monday - one of several planned around the electorate over the coming weeks.

Among the handful of locals in attendance was Ken Craig who said he had always voted for the major parties until he voted for Ms Sharkie at the last election.

He said the Centre Alliance candidate had a good profile in the area and expected her to be returned by pulling votes from both the Labor and Liberal camps.

"I believe that a lot of Labor people up here would be putting Rebekha second or voting for Rebekha first," he said.