Buti not ex­pect­ing Cab­i­net call

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

TONY Buti does not ex­pect a place on Mark McGowan’s front bench de­spite win­ning 75 per cent of the Ar­madale vote in Satur­day’s elec­tion.

“It’s just the math­e­mat­ics. Mark al­ready has 20 peo­ple in his shadow cab­i­net he has to whit­tle down to 17,” Dr Buti said.

Prior to the elec­tion, the Ar­madale MLA told Com­ment

of his de­sire for a min­is­te­rial port­fo­lio.

He said he had not spo­ken to WA’s new­est pre­mier since La­bor’s vic­tory but was fo­cused on rep­re­sent­ing Ar­madale in gov­ern­ment.

Dr Buti romped home with 75 per cent of the vote, 67.1 per cent in first pref­er­ences, with 63.9 per cent of votes counted.

First-time can­di­date Wendy Jef­fery failed to make a dent in the La­bor strong­hold, suf­fer­ing a 15.4 per cent swing against the Lib­eral Party, gar­ner­ing just 25 per cent of the vote.

Dr Buti pledged to fix con­ges­tion and safety prob­lems at Denny Av­enue in Kelm­scott and bring for­ward build­ing the Ar­madale Road dual car­riage­way to mid-2017.

He said Denny Av­enue was in­cluded in the 2018-19 bud­get.

The One Step Closer pro­gram, over­seen by the Ar­madale Youth In­ter­ven­tion Part­ner­ship be­tween the City of Ar­madale and Save the Chil­dren, was promised $200,000 to sup­port youth at risk.

“We also have the Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment fund, which is $1 mil­lion to spend on school im­prove­ments and other com­mu­nity groups,” Dr Buti said.

Barry Ur­ban handed Tony Simp­son a crush­ing de­feat in Dar­ling Range with an 18.4 per cent swing against the Lib­eral in­cum­bent on Satur­day. Mr Ur­ban won 55.4 per cent of the vote, with pref­er­ences, with 67.3 per cent of votes counted.

The con­ser­va­tive re­gion had tra­di­tion­ally voted Lib­eral since 1962.

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