Swan gear­ing up for elec­tions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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