Hastie claims by-election
Three cheers rose from the crowd gathered at the Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club last Saturday as Andrew Hastie won the Canning by-election and retained the seat for the Liberal Party.
The former SAS captain held 54.95 per cent of the two-party preferred vote with 52 out of 56 polling places returned, to Matt Keogh on 45.05 per cent, a swing of 6.86 per cent to Labor. The 4.95 per cent margin for the Liberals was down from the 11.8 per cent buffer commanded by Don Randall, whose death triggered the by-election.
Twitter erupted with congratulatory messages for the Dudley Park father, including salutations from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Senators Mathias Cormann and Cory Bernardi.
Speaking to reporters in Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulated Mr Hastie on the win.
He said Labor tactics to frighten the citizens of Canning had been unsuccessful.
“You saw in the Canning by-election — where Andrew Hastie won so well and I congratulate Andrew on his victory — how the Labor Party was trying to scare the citizens of Canning about the future,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten told reporters in Melbourne only the Liberal Party was frightened by Labor’s Canning campaign.
New Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie celebrates with his wife Ruth, right, and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club on Saturday night.