MUCH AT STAKE IN CANNING RESULT
IT seems the whole of Australia has its eyes on the Canning by-election. This was highlighted when a report about Armadale and Cockburn councils’ campaign for $290 million to improve traffic flow between the two shires got national coverage in newspapers and television because it was timed to coincide with the by-election. But I think most people outside the electorate are interested because it is seen as a test of the Prime Minister’s leadership. Nearly all pundits agree there will be a swing against the Liberal Party. But just how much of a swing? Liberal stalwart Don Randall held the seat by a comfortable 11.8 per cent margin. If the gap is eroded or the seat is lost, some in Canberra will become even more restless. An indication of the interest the election has generated is that there are now 12 candidates campaigning for electors’ votes. But it might not be just the careers of these budding politicians riding on the outcome.
Rick Lee - regional editor