MP maintains grip on seat of Durack
Incumbent Durack MHR Melissa Price has strengthened her hold on the seat of Durack as many of her WA Liberal counterparts see their strong grip on seats diminished.
At the time of print, Ms Price had boosted her stocks to 42 percent of first preference votes, a 4 per cent gain from the 2013 Federal Election.
Ms Price said she was not surprised with the result because she had put in the hard yards.
“We have brought a lot of visitors to the seat and really shined the light on the electorate,” she said.
“I have marketed Durack in Canberra and with my colleagues more broadly, and people can see that I have been working hard and that as a Liberal, I can be trusted.”
WA Labor will take heart from the result as well, with former State MP Carol Martin boosting Labor’s first preference count by more than 5 per cent to 25.4 per cent.
After a late low-key campaign by WA Nationals representative Lisa Cole, her party fell to third with 16 per cent of the vote, a minus seven percent swing.
Nationals WA State President James Hayward said the party would ensure regional issues remained on the agenda despite appearing to have had no success in WA.
“Without The Nationals WA, issues such as the backpacker tax, regional telecommunications and the GST rip-off simply wouldn’t have been made a priority,” he said.
“Whilst we didn’t get the result we wanted to, we are fighting hard to ensure the major parties take note and respond to regional issues.”
Greens candidate Ian James garnered 10 per cent of the vote, picking up a 3 per cent swing in his favour.
While it looks to be good news for the Liberals in Durack elsewhere in WA the party’s iron grip on the State will be tested.
At time of print, the Coalition had experienced a 5 per cent swing against them across the State, with Labor picking up Burt and in the lead in Cowan, delivering them five seats in WA.
WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said the result was a good omen for his party coming into next year’s State Election.
Mr McGowan said WA Labor was rebuilding well after a decline in support during the Rudd-Gillard years.
State Liberal MLC Ken Baston supports incumbent Durack MP Melissa Price in Marble Bar.
Durack MP Melissa Price