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HEALY PROM­ISES TO CHAM­PION ED­U­CA­TION

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election ‘17 -

NEWLY elected South­ern River MLA Terry Healy has vowed to be a “cham­pion of ed­u­ca­tion”.

Mr Healy won the seat of South­ern River for La­bor af­ter a land­slide swing against Lib­eral in­cum­bent Peter Abetz.

He claimed 58.6 per cent of the vote with 62.4 per cent of the votes counted, se­cur­ing a size­able 19.5 per cent swing for La­bor.

The for­mer South­ern River Col­lege teacher said he was pas­sion­ate about young peo­ple’s needs.

“If I’m not im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of young peo­ple in this com­mu­nity, I don’t know why I’m here,” he said.

“So much dam­age has been done to our schools and the books have been a mess, but I’ll ad­vo­cate for ev­ery sin­gle per­son. I’m vis­it­ing ev­ery sin­gle school to­day (Mon­day, March 13), just to drop off a let­ter to say ‘this is what we’re fund­ing, let’s talk about how I can sup­port you’.”

He said his vic­tory was in part down to the Lib­eral Party’s “bro­ken prom­ises’.

“The same thing they promised this elec­tion, they promised at the last elec­tion and they never de­liv­ered,” he said.

“I think peo­ple need to have trust in their lo­cal of­fi­cials.”

Mr Healy, who stood down from his role as a City of Gos­nells coun­cil­lor, said he was “hum­bled” by the man­ner of his win.

His vic­tory marks the first time La­bor has con­trolled the seat since 2008, end­ing Mr Abetz’s two-term reign as South­ern River MLA.

Mr Healy paid trib­ute to Mr Abetz’s hard work within the com­mu­nity dur­ing his time in Par­lia­ment.

“On be­half of our com­mu­nity, I would like to ex­tend our ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks to Peter Abetz and his fam­ily for the many years of ser­vice to our com­mu­nity,” he said.

The 2015 elec­toral re­dis­tri­bu­tion is be­lieved to have played a key fac­tor in the large vic­tory, as the seat gained the valu­able La­bor ter­ri­to­ries of Gos­nells and Hunt­ing­dale.

The re­dis­tri­bu­tion cost the elec­torate a large part of the tra­di­tion­ally Lib­eral-lean­ing Can­ning Vale.

La­bor’s Chris Tal­len­tire re­tained the seat of Thorn­lie in a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory.

Mr Tal­len­tire claimed the seat with ease, hav­ing won 65.9 per cent of the vote with 68 per cent counted.

He saw off the chal­lenge of Lib­eral Rob Co­a­les with a 14.1 per cent swing in his favour. News

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465766

Ar­madale MLA Dr Tony Buti speak­ing be­fore the elec­tion with Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones, Heidi Hol­man and Jarred Franey.

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