Can­di­dates an­nounced

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Rourke Walsh

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.

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