Swan gearing up for elections
THE Federal electorate of Swan is expected to switch to campaign mode after the Prime Minister flagged a possible double dissolution election on July 2.
Greens and Labor have announced their candidates for the seat of Swan, which Liberal Steve Irons has held since the 2007 election.
Mr Irons scraped into office at the 2007 election, with a 0.19 per cent win on a twoparty-preferred result, but strengthened his margin to 6.5 per cent in 2013.
Analysis of new boundary changes to the Swan electorate, with neighbouring electorates Tangney and Hasluck, tips the Liberal vote to increase slightly.
But that will not deter Labor candidate Tammy Solonec and Greens candidate Sarah Nielsen-Harvey, who are eager to represent Swan in the lower house in Canberra.
Ms Solonec is an indigenous Australian from Derby who has worked as a human rights lawyer for Amnesty International and ran as a Greens candidate in the 2013 election.
She has previously highlighted Australia’s shortfalls in improving indigenous rights and highlighted inadequacies within the criminal justice system.
With Labor’s Pat Dodson in the senate and Liberal Ken Wyatt in the lower house, if Ms Solonec is successful WA could have three Aboriginal members of Parliament.
Greens candidate for Swan Ms Nielsen-Harvey is a law student originally from the Wheatbelt town of Merredin.
She was the Greens candidate for Pearce at the last Federal election and said she would highlight action on global warming, humane refugee policies and marriage equality in her campaign.
Mr Irons will vie for his fourth term in office and if successful, will become the longest serving member for Swan since Kim Beazley who held the seat from 1980 to 1996.
Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Irons owned an airconditioning and refrigeration business.