Hastie claims by-elec­tion

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ar­ran Mor­ton

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.

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

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.

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