Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Candidate for cannabis burns off Labor on preference calculatio­n

- WARREN HATELY

The long wait for recounting votes in the South West’s Upper House race has confirmed Labor falling achingly short of sending four members to Parliament, while a surprise pro-cannabis candidate has won through.

The final list of six elected members continued to shift right up to the close of recounting.

Legalise Cannabis WA’s Sophia Moermond and

Nationals newbie James Hayward claimed the in-doubt seats, mainly due to the Upper House’s arcane preference-calculatio­n system, which could now go under review with Labor dominating both Houses of Parliament.

As reported last week, Liberal MLC Steve Thomas secured his position, as did Labor veterans Sally Talbot and Alannah MacTiernan.

First-termer Jackie Jarvis, of Cowaramup, was a Labor new addition.

The result showed Labor factional politics in the leadup to the March poll made no dent on the evergreen popularity of star Premier Mark McGowan, credited with the thumping overall election result.

Veteran Bunbury-based Labor MLC Adele Farina was dumped from pre-selections to allow Ms MacTiernan to make an Upper House shift, with her new electorate office expected to be in Albany where she owns a home.

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