Deafening cheers for Rowe
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.