Western Australians reject Liberal Party government

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Labor Party won in a landslide the 2017 state election. Labor needed to win 10 additional seats to form government — but it picked up at least 18 and may take as many as 21, and has secured a sizeable parliamentary majority.

The scope of the landslide surprised even Party’s officials, who gave some seats such as Kingsley and Murray-Wellington almost not chance of winning. Labor also regained control over the the Wanneroo and Joondaulp constituencies.

Labor is expected to hold between 38 and 41 seats in the 59-seat Legislative Assembly.

Seven Liberals ministers could lose up their seats.

Due to the electoral law Labor will not be governing by itself. The new government will have to negotiate in the Upper House with at least two micro parties.

“We will get to work immediately on carrying out our plans”, McGowan promised. “You deserve good government and, with my team, I am committed to delivering just that.”

McGowan also said he wanted to launch an inquiry as soon as possible to investigate the Barnett Government’s spending and “work out where all the money has gone”.

The biggest loser seems to be Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party with primary vote of just 4.6 per cent in the Lower House and not a better result in Upper House that makes very difficult to win a seat.

(ABC, pht)


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