HOW WEST WAS WON
Husar claims victory as Labor makes huge ground in Western Sydney
LABOR cut a swath through Western Sydney electorates in the Federal Election, which has contributed towards the possibility of a hung parliament.
Chifley Labor MP Ed Husic secured his seat with an even bigger margin than he won in 2013.
McMahon Labor MP Chris Bowen also enjoyed a big swing in his safe Labor seat.
The real drama was in the seat of Lindsay, where Labor’s presumptive MP Emma Husar declared victory on the weekend and has been declared the winner by the media.
However, incumbent Liberal MP Fiona Scott has not yet conceded defeat and has gone to ground.
Counting of postal votes continued this week and Ms Husar leads with a 1.6 per cent margin and a commanding 4.6 per cent swing from the 2013 result. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten visited Lindsay on Monday to claim victory.
WHILE the fate of the nation’s government lies inside envelopes containing postal votes, Chifley Labor MP Ed Husic is assured of being returned by a large margin.
As of Tuesday Mr Husic leads Liberal candidate Mohit Kumar with 69.96 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, a huge swing of 8.99 per cent on top of his already safe margin at the last federal election.
Mr Husic said he and his team made 5000 phone calls to voters to talk about issues and teach how the new voting system worked — a tactic that paid off with a lower informal vote than neighbouring ALP seats.
“We have just been working really hard in the electorate,” Mr Husic said.
“You never know how things are going to pan out in an election.”
He said the overwhelming concern of Chifley voters was changes to bulk billing and access to health care.
“During winter it’s a worry because lots of parents think, ‘this time next year when the kids get a cold we’ll have to pay to see a doctor and then more to buy medicines’,” Mr Husic said.
“I think that played a strong part in the result.”
Mr Husic is now gearing up to be a strong voice for Western Sydney along with his Labor colleagues who won seats stretching along the west and over the Blue Mountains.
“Particularly in Western Sydney, we have to speak up more strongly for things that matter to us,” Mr Husic said.
“We have as many seats in Western Sydney as the entire state of South Australia.
“We have a lot of needs to be met and I think it’s good we have a lot of seats represented by Labor MPs.”
The election was better for Labor than Mr Husic expected, and now he is entertain- ing the tantalising prospect of his party snatching a minority government.
“If we were to secure a minority government we have great people and policies I think people have given a thumbs-up to,” he said.
“I’d be particularly focused on the education funding coming through. The education funding we announced with $37 million for Chifley was a big deal.”
Mr Husic said the independents and minor parties on the cross bench understand that education builds a “better nation”.
Emma Husar and Bill Shorten at Penrith on Monday.
Chifley MP elect Ed Husic in his office after the election celebrating with his team Melisa Mahmutovic, Brad Bunting,, Nicole Seniloli and KarKara Hinesley.