BISHOP RE­TAINS SEAT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

CURTIN MHR Julie Bishop is more se­cure in her western and coastal suburbs seat af­ter record­ing a 2.8 per cent in­crease in votes at the Fed­eral Elec­tion on Satur­day.

“I love this elec­torate, and I’m so very proud to rep­re­sent them in Can­berra, and if there is an in­creased ma­jor­ity, then I’m very proud to have re­ceived that level of sup­port,” Ms Bishop told the Western Suburbs Weekly.

Lib­eral Ms Bishop, the For­eign Min­is­ter, re­ceived 68.22 per cent of the two-party pre­ferred vote in Curtin, while La­bor’s Melissa Cal­lanan had 28.99 per cent (down 2.79 per cent), the Greens 13.76 per cent (down 1 per cent) and anti-Perth Freight Link cam­paigner Sandra Boul­ter 2.7 per cent.

Vote count­ing restarts to­day, and the slim chances of a Coali­tion or La­bor ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment de­pends on late postal votes for nine un­de­cided seats. A mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment would rely on the cross­benchers, in­clud­ing three in­de­pen­dents and cen­trist Nick Xenophon.

Ms Bishop blamed the shock loss of the Coali­tion’s ma­jor­ity on La­bor’s “mon­strous lie” that Medi­care was to be pri­va­tised, which she said was even be­lieved at strong Lib­eral-vot­ing booths she vis­ited in Curtin.

How­ever, her party’s right wing pointed its fin­ger at pro­posed changes to su­per­an­nu­a­tion cap­ping life­time con­tri­bu­tions to $500,000.

Ms Bishop said the changes would have en­sured su­per­an­nu­a­tion was used for re­tire­ment in­come and as an aged-pen­sion sup­ple­ment, in­stead of tax-min­imi­sa­tion or as an es­tate-plan­ning scheme, but she would lis­ten to the con­cerns of her elec­torate.

A week of talks with cross­benchers is fore­cast, and Ms Bishop said an “en­gag­ing” Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull had the in­ter­ests of all Aus­tralians in mind.

She said the re­sult could de­ter­mine whether she rep­re­sented Aus­tralian vic­tims and fam­i­lies of the MH17 Ukrainian air dis­as­ter at memo­ri­als.

For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop proved very pop­u­lar, pulling in 2.8 per cent more votes.

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