FEDERAL FAITH IS ELECTION lSSUE
DO West Australians have election fatigue? That is the question campaigners have to consider in the build up to the March 11 state poll. And do they still have faith in politicians in general? Voters trudged through the eight-week federal campaign in May-June and were astounded and repulsed by the year-long American presidential race last year. There was also a gritty local government poll in October for those who followed hyper-local issues. The federal system seems almost at a standstill, with Liberal Party infighting and peripheral issues such as marriage equality and gun control stealing the headlines. There was a swing away from the major federal parties in the July poll and little has happened since to convince disenchanted voters they should re-engage. It could translate to a big protest vote in WA – either as informal votes or for independents and fringe parties.
- Rick Lee, regional editor