The smells of coffee and confidence fill the campaign car of Sam Crosby, Labor’s candidate for Reid in next weekend's Federal Election.
Flyers are tucked in every nook and cranny of the Ford sedan, which he uses to drive around the electorate.
“It tends to get a bit like this during campaigning," he explained.
Sam Crosby holds the electorate of Reid close to his heart. He grew up in Lewisham, attended school in both Ashfield and Five Dock, and currently lives in North Strathfield with his wife and two young children.
“I’ve been working long days. I do try to get home at around 8pm to spend a little time with my little one before he goes to bed.
“It’s all worth it though. I get to talk to members of the community every day about what matters to them.”
The battle for the seat of Reid has been at the forefront of the election campaign since Liberal MP Craig Laundy announced his retirement from politics.
Mr Laundy, who has held Reid since 2013, is known for his hard-working attitude and his friendship with former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Until he became MP, Reid had been a safe Labor seat since 1922.
“Craig works incredibly hard. Obviously, he’s quite moderate like Malcolm which is appealing to voters who stick somewhere in the middle," Mr Crosby said.
"Since he’s leaving, some people will be more inclined to vote Labor.
“I agree more with what Malcolm stood for rather than Scott Morrison. [Turnbull] got booted because he wasn’t a part of their club, he was different in ideology to other Liberal members.”
The Liberals are hoping Craig Laundy's replacement will be Fiona Martin, a child psychologist and small business owner. Her candidacy was announced on April 1, leaving her less than two months to campaign.
“The situation is difficult for her. She [hasn't had] very much time to get her name out there – I’ve been going for over 400 days!”
Mr Crosby spends his days out in the electorate. He attends meetings, speaks with various community group and door-knocks on a regular basis.
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On his agenda on the day of this interview, was a meeting with the Australian Korean Welfare Association - where he spoke about Labor’s new "Cancer Plan".
The 2.3-billion-dollar package promises to reduce out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients if Labor is elected.
“If you are diagnosed with cancer, you should not have to put your hand in your pocket and pay for treatments yourselves,” he told members.
They then cheered him on.
The association president, John Lee, added that Sam Crosby has the support of the Korean community.
“Support for the Liberals is slipping in Reid,” he said. “Everyone loved Craig, but traditionally, most of us vote Labor.”
According to the latest Census data, the Korean community makes up 5.6 per cent of the Reid population, while 56.4 per cent of all residents, speak a language other than English at home.
“It’s so important to have the support of people who don’t come from English speaking backgrounds,” Mr Crosby said.
“I want to be a voice for people who might feel like they are a minority.”
Door knocking was next on the agenda, where Mr Cosby came across the parents of his high school best friends.
“Those boys and I used to get up to so much trouble," he revealed. "... we used to get into fights and stuff! My parents got a bit fed up with it and they moved me to a different school.
“But you make up at the end of the day. Actually, I bumped into this guy I knew the other day. We hated each other’s guts! But when you see each other after so many years, you move on from all that stuff.”
But the exercise wasn't just a trip down memory lane. His stance on various issues was also raised.
One constituent voiced his concerns for religious freedoms in Australia, particularly in relation to rugby player Israel Folau's comments on social media.
“As a Catholic, I believe in the freedom to practice religion. However, the Labor Party is not in agreement with Israel Folau.”
Sam Crosby's love for speaking with members of the community lies with the change that can be made through discussion.
“The truly golden conversations are [with] those who are typically Liberal voters. If I can spark some sort of discussion, I feel like I’ve made a difference.”
Justine Armin is a young volunteer with the Crosby campaign.
“My first experience of politics was when I was seven or eight years old,” she said. “Both my parents lost their jobs under Work Choices, which was implemented by John Howard.”
“At the time, I didn’t properly understand. But when I got to around 12 or 13 and my family were having trouble finding housing, that’s when it really hit me.”
Since then, Miss Armin has been invested in campaigning for the Labor Party.
One of the potential vote-changing issues for the electorate of Reid, is access to Sydney Olympic Park. Many find traffic flow unbearable, due to routine congestion at the intersection of Australia Avenue and Underwood Road.
The Liberal Party announced it would spend $50m investigating options for improvement - a commitment Mr Crosby finds: "appalling...the idea of $50m going towards an investigation without a commitment to action.”
However, Labor is yet to propose its own solution. - Zoe Panagopoulos @zoepanagos