Marmion mulls his next move

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 -

NED­LANDS MLA Bill Marmion says only “some­thing re­ally se­ri­ous” would cause his early de­par­ture from State Par­lia­ment af­ter the shock loss of many of his Lib­eral col­leagues last Satur­day.

“I’ve been elected for four years, and it would have to be a se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion for me not to go the full term,” Mr Marmion said.

“But I know there’s a lot of pres­sure for me to hang around and go on for an­other four years.”

With 65 per cent of his elec­torate’s vote counted yes­ter­day, he had 58.89 per cent of the two-party pre­ferred re­sult.

Mr Marmion will be 66 at the next elec­tion and he said it would be up to his fam­ily to de­cide if he left the job early.

He said Par­lia­ment would now be “re­ally bad” for his party be­cause La­bor’s large ma­jor­ity al­lowed it to win ev­ery vote.

“I’ll be dis­ap­pointed about the (can­cel­la­tion) of Roe 8 and 9, and re­ally sorry for all the peo­ple around Leach High­way and South Street who will still have 60,000 cars and 70,000 trucks go­ing op­po­site there,” he said.

Mr Marmion said the One Na­tion pref­er­ence deal had not been ex­plained well to the pub­lic, but dur­ing door­knock­ing he had re­ceived pos­i­tive re­ac­tions when he told vot­ers the Queens­land­based party was third-last above the Greens and La­bor.

Ned­lands MLA Bill Marmion on elec­tion night.

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