Deaf­en­ing cheers for Rowe

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

CASSIE Rowe won Bel­mont back for La­bor as the Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment ac­knowl­edged de­feat 90 min­utes af­ter polling closed on Satur­day.

The cheers were deaf­en­ing as Ms Rowe ar­rived at the Bel­mont Sports and Recre­ation Cen­tre, thank­ing her vol­un­teers for their sup­port over a, “long, very long, cam­paign”.

Ms Rowe’s team made 40,000 phone calls and door knocked 15,000 Bel­mont homes in a colos­sal ef­fort to un­seat Lib­eral in­cum­bent Glenys God­frey af­ter one term.

Ms Rowe said she had not ex­pected the La­bor land­slide. “No, I can ab­so­lutely say no, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it,” she said. “It’s ab­so­lutely over­whelm­ing.”

She said La­bor’s vic­tory was down to for­mer premier Colin Bar­nett.

“It’s not just a party line but from talk­ing to peo­ple, they would tell me Colin Bar­nett was ar­ro­gant and out of touch,” she said. “They were ex­tremely un­happy with Lib­eral.”

Af­ter los­ing the seat to Mrs God­frey by a hand­ful of votes last elec­tion, Ms Rowe’s redemption came with an 8.7 per cent swing to La­bor on first pref­er­ences with 66.8 per cent counted.

She said she was ex­cited to ad­vo­cate for peo­ple in Bel­mont in State Par­lia­ment.

“I am con­fi­dent I can de­liver,” she said.

Ben Wy­att is set to be the na­tion’s first in­dige­nous trea­surer af­ter ex­tend­ing his mar­gin in Vic­to­ria Park.

“That’s ul­ti­mately up to Mark,” he said at his Bal­moral Ho­tel func­tion on elec­tion night. “I’ve been in the role a long time, but I hope so be­cause it’s a role in an area I’m very keen to be in.”

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dents re­warded their mem­ber of 11 years with a swing of 12.6 per cent (at 64 per cent counted) and 51.2 per cent in first pref­er­ence votes.

John McGrath main­tained his hold on South Perth de­spite a 12.3 per cent swing to La­bor.

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