Mubarakai hits back at poll


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

JAN­DAKOT MLA Yaz Mubarakai has hit back at attempts to cast doubt over his po­si­tion.

A ReachTel poll, com­mis­sioned by the WA Po­lice Union as part of its pay fight, found Mr Mubarakai faced a tough job re­tain­ing his seat should a by-elec­tion need to oc­cur, with sup­port down to 33.2 per cent.

The poll sur­veyed 665 res­i­dents from the Jan­dakot elec­torate on Au­gust 1 and showed 39.1 per cent would vote Lib­eral, 12.8 per cent would vote One Na­tion with a swing of more than 6 per cent away from La­bor. Greens at­tracted 4.6 per cent and Na­tion­als 1 per cent.

Mr Mubarakai said he had not seen the poll.

“The peo­ple of Jan­dakot elected a McGowan La­bor Gov­ern­ment and I’m ex­cited about our plans to de­liver for the lo­cal com­mu­nity,’ Mr Mubarakai said.

“My fo­cus is on im­ple­ment­ing our elec­tion com­mit­ments and our plan for jobs.

“Projects like the Ar­madale Road Bridge and the new Metronet line be­tween Thorn­lie and Cock­burn will get un­der­way very soon, cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs and bust­ing congestion.

“These are the kinds of things that I am fo­cused on, for my com­mu­nity. Attempts to try to de-le­git­imise the elec­tion re­sult are wrong.”

A month ago, the Lib­eral Party sought le­gal ad­vice about whether to chal­lenge Mr Mubarakai’s po­si­tion but re­mained tight-tipped about whether fur­ther ac­tion would be taken.

On Wed­nes­day, a party spokesman said: “It comes as no surprise that after break­ing ma­jor elec­tion com­mit­ments such as ‘no new taxes or in­creases on taxes’ and reneg­ing on a pledge to our po­lice of­fi­cers, that the pub­lic are voic­ing their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the McGowan La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

“The Lib­eral Party is seek­ing fur­ther ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion.”

WA elec­toral laws pro­hibit tak­ing a seat in State Par­lia­ment any­one who holds “an of­fice or place in the ser­vice of” any Fed­eral de­part­ment or agency, or was ap­pointed to any body by the Com­mon­wealth.

Mr Mubarakai pre­vi­ously worked at the Aus­tralia Post out­let in Suc­cess.

“Res­i­dents should also know that in lo­cal MP Yaz Mubarakai, they have a very ef­fec­tive mem­ber of Par­lia­ment,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d460377

Let me get on with my job de­liv­er­ing the prom­ises I made: Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai says it’s wrong to try to delig­itimise his elec­tion.

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