Labor holds Freo
THE retirement of a high profile MP had little impact on Labor’s hold on Fremantle, with candidate Josh Wilson recording a 2.61 per cent swing for his party during Saturday’s Federal Election.
Mr Wilson scooped 42.36 per cent of the votes on first preferences, and claimed the seat with 58.01 per cent of the votes on a two candidate preferred result from the Liberal party’s Pierrette Kelly.
Melissa Parke had been the Member for Fremantle since 2007 but decided she would not recontest the seat for Labor earlier this year.
Mr Wilson said the campaign trail was too consuming to worry about any potential shadow cast by the former member.
“Every candidate has to run their own race on their own terms,” he said.
Greens candidate Kate Davis recorded 17.1 per cent of first preference votes, with Mature Australia’s Mick Connolly recording 2.57 per cent. Socialist Alliance candidate Chris Jenkins gathered 1.63 per cent. Fremantle had 99,631 people enrolled to vote. Voter turnout was recorded at 72.24 per cent, with 3.91 per cent of votes recorded as informal.