Sunday, March 12, 2017

WA – Labor's Landslide smashes Lib-Hanson alliance

Political pundits had predicted Labor might pick up 15 seats, but the swing has been so massive Labor could easily pinch 20 seats off the Liberals.

The state opposition needed 10 seats to form government for the first time since 2008 and early on in seats like Swan Hills, there was more than a 13 per cent swing towards Labor.

In Collie-Preston which was tipped to go One Nation, incumbent Labor MP Mick Murray already had a commanding lead with only 14 per cent of the vote counted.

There was more than a 12 per cent swing towards Labor in Balcatta and 18 per cent in Southern River.

Southern River Liberal MP Peter Abetz told Radio 6PR just after 7.20 pm he had lost his seat. He also claimed the Liberals would lose government.

Notre Dame University lecturer Martin Drum called the election for Labor just before 7.30 and less than an hour and a half later Barnett was conceeding.

Mark McGowan and family at the Polling booths

By 9.30pm, new WA premier, Mark McGowan had taken the stage at Labor's election party at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham where he swamped by the party faithful.

"I came here 27 years ago in a Toyota Corolla across the Nullabour…today Western Australians voted for hope and opportunity and not desperation and ignorance," he said.

"Today we showed we are a state of decency and intelligence.

"Today Western Australians showed the way for the rest of the country.

"It's time for a fresh approach."

There was massive swings toward Labor in crucial seats of Kalamunda, Belmont, and Mt Lawley.

In the seat of Wanneroo there was an incredible 20 per cent swing towards Labor.

In the Darling Range Labor was sitting on a 19.7 per cent swing.

Just before 8pm Labor's primary vote was 41.7 per cent while the Liberals was a lowly 30.8.

Fittingly One Nation's primary vote was just 4.6 per cent, more than half of what they predicted.

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