MP main­tains grip on seat of Du­rack

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

State Lib­eral MLC Ken Bas­ton sup­ports in­cum­bent Du­rack MP Melissa Price in Mar­ble Bar.

Pic­ture: David Foote

Du­rack MP Melissa Price

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