Irons firm de­spite swing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

LIB­ERAL mem­ber for Swan Steve Irons re­tained his seat in the Fed­eral Elec­tion de­spite a 4.2 per cent swing to La­bor.

At last count, La­bor can­di­date Tammy Solonec had 46.9 per cent of the votes and Mr Irons had 53.1 per cent.

Mr Irons said he was not dis­ap­pointed with the swing to La­bor.

“It didn’t sur­prise me, when you look at 2013 we had a big swing to­wards us which was un­usual for Swan,” he said.

“It was prob­a­bly more an anti Kevin Rudd and Ju­lia Gil­lard move­ment than it was pro Tony Ab­bott.”

Mr Irons said he be­lieved the elec­torate bound­ary changes had had an in­flu­ence on the ini­tial Lib­eral high mar­gin.

Af­ter new bound­aries moved suburbs Lang­ford to elec­torate Burt, Fern­dale and Lyn­wood to Tangney and Beck­en­ham to Hasluck, the Lib­eral mar­gin was ini­tially boosted from 6.5 per cent to about 7.3 per cent.

But fol­low­ing the elec­tion, the mar­gin was nar­rowed to 3.1 per cent.

“If in 2007 some­one had told me I’d have a 3 per cent mar­gin I would have though it’d be great,” Mr Irons said.

“Seven per cent was prob­a­bly a bit ab­nor­mal for Swan.

“Over­all it’s a dif­fi­cult time for both op­po­si­tion and the gov­ern­ment, it looks as though it’ll be a very close re­sult.”

Mr Irons has held the seat for Swan since 2007 and will con­tinue for the next three years.

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