Land­slide vic­tory cel­e­brated in style

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Mark McGowan’s land­slide elec­tion tri­umph on Satur­day has been hailed as La­bor’s great­est ever vic­tory in WA.

La­bor se­cured dra­matic swings, while the Lib­er­als’ pri­mary vote col­lapsed and sev­eral min­is­ters were bun­dled out of Par­lia­ment.

Colin Bar­nett, who was de­posed af­ter more than eight years in the top job, said his gov­ern­ment’s long ten­ure was the big­gest fac­tor in the huge de­feat, which un­der­scored the “bru­tal, harsh busi­ness of pol­i­tics”.

La­bor en­joyed a night of un­bri­dled ju­bi­la­tion at the sheer mag­ni­tude of its vic­tory. To the strains of AC/DC’s

TNT, Mr McGowan, set to be sworn in as the State’s 30th premier, was given the rock star treat­ment when he en­tered Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Rock­ing­ham about 9.20pm last Satur­day night. Flanked by wife Sarah and three chil­dren, an ebul­lient Mr McGowan thanked WA vot­ers, whom he said had voted for “hope and op­por­tu­nity” and spoke of his love for the State.

“Can I say this: Western Aus­tralia is truly a won­der­ful State,” he said.

“I love this place . . . it has done more for me than I can ever re­pay.

“I came here 27 years ago in my Corolla across the Nullar­bor and to­day the peo­ple of WA made me Premier. Thank you.”

It had been his wife who had en­cour­aged Mr McGowan to keep go­ing af­ter he was beaten in the 2013 elec­tion, he said.

“She told me af­ter 2013 ‘You can win’,” Mr McGowan said.

They kissed in front of the crowd, as he told Mrs McGowan he loved her.

For the peo­ple of WA, he said: “I won’t let you down. We will gov­ern for ev­ery­one.” And in a clear dig at One Na­tion he said: “To­day, West Aus­tralians voted for hope and op­por­tu­nity over des­per­a­tion and di­vi­sion.

“To­day, we showed we are a State of de­cency and in­tel­li­gence, not a State of stu­pid­ity and ig­no­rance.”

Mr McGowan and La­bor will hold a com­mand­ing ma­jor­ity in the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly with Seven West Me­dia pre­dict­ing La­bor will hold at least 35 seats.

The La­bor Party swept up seats across the metropoli­tan area and has dra­mat­i­cally changed the State’s elec­toral pen­du­lum.

Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion had a dis­ap­point­ing night, record­ing just 4.6 per cent of the pri­mary vote.

The Greens recorded a small in­crease on their 2013 re­sult with 8.6 per cent of the vote.

The Na­tional Party was slightly down, but held key seats.

Picture: Nic El­lis

Premier-elect Mark McGowan and Fed­eral La­bor leader Bill Shorten on elec­tion day.

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