Greens candidate Ian James has received a boost ahead of next month’s Federal election after he was drawn to appear at the top of the ballot paper for the seat of Durack.
Mr James, who also contested Durack for the Greens in 2013 attracting 7.06 per cent of the primary vote, was one of six candidates to nominate before last Thursday’s deadline.
Labor’s Carol Martin will appear second on the ticket while minor party candidates Grahame Gould (Australian Christians) and Mitchell Sambell (Rise Up Australia Party) will occupy third and fourth respectively.
Sitting Liberal Member Melissa Price will appear fifth ahead of WA Nationals’ candidate Lisa Cole. Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said the candidate nominations and positions on the ticket were officially declared at noon last Friday at a public event in Perth.
Mr Rogers said the secure printing of ballot papers had now started, with early voting getting under way earlier this week.
The Federal seat of Durack, an enormous electoral division that takes in both the Kimberley and Pilbara, is held by Ms Price on a margin of 3.98 per cent.
Ms Price first won the seat in 2013, replacing retired long-time Liberal member Barry Haase.
At the 2013 poll she saw off a strong challenge from the WA Nationals candidate Shane Van Styn, who polled 23 per cent of the primary vote to Ms Price’s 38 per cent but lost out on preferences 53.98 per cent to 46.02 per cent.
Labor, which polled just 20.28 per cent of primary votes in 2013, preselected former State politician Ms Martin earlier this year, as its candidate for Durack.
Ms Martin, the former Labor member for Kimberley, retired from State Parliament in 2013 after being the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to any Australian Parliament when she first won office in 2001.
Mr Gould, a Kununurra local, will run again for the Australian Christians after 1.31 per cent of the vote in 2013 while Ms Cole and Mr Sambell will join Ms Martin as first-time contenders for Durack.
The six candidates contesting Durack is down from 10 that vied for the seat in 2013.