Vet­eran Snow­don likely to hold on in Lin­giari

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - MATT CUN­NING­HAM In Alice Springs

THE Coun­try Lib­eral Party might not win the seat of Lin­giari but they were par­ty­ing like vic­tors at the Gap View Ho­tel in Alice Springs last night.

La­bor’s War­ren Snow­don held a slen­der lead over the CLP’s Jac­inta Price, with 51.9 per cent of the two-party pre­ferred vote af­ter 43 per cent of the vote had been counted.

Many votes from re­mote polling booths are yet to be counted with La­bor con­fi­dent it has out­polled the CLP in re­gions that have tra­di­tion­ally been an ALP strong­hold.

“The re­mote polling has been ex­cel­lent. We think we have polled very, very well in the bush,” Mr Snow­don said.

But with Scott Mor­ri­son and the Coali­tion on track to record a vic­tory few had pre­dicted, the CLP was al­ready look­ing ahead with op­ti­mism to the 2020 Ter­ri­tory elec­tion.

CLP vice-pres­i­dent Jamie de Brenni said re­gard­less of the re­sult in Lin­giari, the party was back on track af­ter its dis­as­trous 2016 Ter­ri­tory elec­tion re­sult.

“We’ve done some­thing re­ally spe­cial here tonight,” he said. “As you can see, we are a united party.”

Ms Price said she would con­tinue to work for the is­sues she had cam­paign on dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

“I think some of the big­gest is­sues for me is that peo­ple want jobs, peo­ple want sta­bil­ity, peo­ple want to stand on their own two feet,” she said.

“Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple are sick of be­ing treated like sec­on­drate cit­i­zens. They want the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as other Aus­tralians.”

Ear­lier, Mr Snow­don paid trib­ute to his friend, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Bob Hawke, who died two days be­fore the elec­tion. “It’s very sad. He was a friend of mine and a men­tor and he was an icon not only of the Aus­tralian La­bor Party but of the na­tion,” he said.

War­ren Snow­don is con­fi­dent he's re­tained his seat of Lin­giari

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