La­bor holds Freo

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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