Poll date set

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Vot­ers in the seat of Dar­ling Range will have to go back to the polls for the sixth time in as many years, af­ter par­lia­men­tary Speaker Peter Wat­son called a by-elec­tion for June 23.

It was called af­ter MP Barry Ur­ban quit State pol­i­tics af­ter a re­port on his mis­lead­ing of Par­lia­ment rec­om­mended he be ex­pelled.

Nom­i­na­tions for the La­bor can­di­dacy will close to­day. Lo­cal Lib­eral mem­bers will de­cide to­mor­row whether to pre­s­e­lect for­mer Up­per House MP Alyssa Hayden or for­mer Thorn­lie can­di­date Rob Co­a­les. The seat, won by La­bor at last year’s State elec­tion on a mar­gin of 5.8 per cent, cov­ers a big area on the south-east cor­ner of the metropoli­tan re­gion, in­clud­ing By­ford, Ser­pen­tine and Jar­rah­dale.

Dar­ling Range’s 32,000 vot­ers, who form part of the Fed­eral elec­torate of Can­ning, went to the polls in 2013 and 2016 for Fed­eral elec­tions, the 2014 Se­nate re-elec­tion, the 2015 Fed­eral by-elec­tion af­ter Don Ran­dall died and the State elec­tion last year. Dy­lan Ca­porn

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