Poll date set
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