Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

AUS­TRALIAN La­bor Party can­di­date Josh Wil­son has re­tained his seat of Fre­man­tle in the 2019 Fed­eral Elec­tion.

Mr Wil­son re­ceived 58.13 per cent of the two party pre­ferred vote with a pos­i­tive 0.61 per cent swing.

Lib­eral can­di­date Ni­cole Robins re­ceived 41.87 per cent of the vote.

Greens can­di­date Jesse Hutchin­son re­ceived 15.8 per cent, while Bret Weary from Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion re­ceived 3.51 per cent.

JOSH Wil­son has re­tained his seat in the Fre­man­tle elec­torate.

With 74 per cent of the votes counted at the time of go­ing to print, the La­bor politi­cian had re­ceived 42,752 votes, 58.13 per cent of the two-party-pre­ferred vote.

Lib­eral can­di­date Ni­cole Robins re­ceived 30,798 votes with a 0.61 per cent swing against her.

Mr Wil­son said he was grate­ful to have been trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Fre­man­tle elec­torate.

“I am look­ing for­ward to putting all my en­ergy and ef­forts into it,” he said.

“The (na­tional) re­sults was sur­pris­ing to many peo­ple, but that’s our democ­racy and I re­spect the re­sult.

“I would say it was a pos­i­tive and re­spect­ful cam­paign and I ac­knowl­edge the other can­di­dates who par­tic­i­pated.

“We made an ar­gu­ment to the com­mu­nity and it’s al­ways heart­en­ing that Aus­tralia has a healthy demo­cratic process.

“I look for­ward to my work in the Par­lia­ment as a mem­ber of a vig­or­ous Op­po­si­tion that’s con­struc­tive and seeks to hold the gov­ern­ment to ac­count.”

Mr Wil­son said he was fo­cused on the work as it comes.

“I will also con­tinue to be a strong ad­vo­cate for Fre­man­tle in­vest­ment and Fre­man­tle projects,” he said.

“I was suc­cess­ful get­ting com­mit­ment matched on both sides for the Fre­man­tle Traf­fic Bridge, the largest in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in my life­time.”

He said the Aus­tralian La­bor Party had to make a de­ci­sion about its lead­er­ship.

“We are not sure who the can­di­dates in the lead­er­ship con­test will be yet. I am look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in that process. It is a demo­cratic process in­volv­ing the cau­cus and the mem­ber­ship of the Party,” he said.

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