The first-term Liberal-Nationals government led by Premier Colin Barnett has been comfortably re-elected with an increased majority in today’s Western Australian state election.
The ALP appears to have lost 6 seats to the Liberals: Forrestfield, Morley, Balcatta, Joondalup, Belmong, and Perth. Pilbara has gone to the Nationals leader Brendon Grylls. The Liberals have retained all of their seats. The Labor-held seats of Albany, Collie-Preston and Kimberley are not yet decided.
The Liberal Party appears likely to have 32 seats, the Nationals 8 and the ALP 19. Four seats remain in doubt so this may change.
The Liberal Party’s primary vote has increased 8.8% to 47.1%. The Nationals are up 1% to 5.9%. The ALP primary vote fell 2.4% to 33.4%, not quite as bad as the 32% predicted in yesterday’s Newspoll.
The Greens vote is down 3.6% to 8.3%. They appear set to lose all their seats in the upper house.
Measured by the two-party-preferred vote, it is a significant defeat for the ALP. The coalition parties have approximately 57.5% of the two-party vote to the ALP’s 42.5%. There has been a swing of 6.3% against the ALP.
- Listen to ALP Opposition Leader Mark McGowan concede defeat (15m)
- Listen to Coalition Premier Colin Barnett claim victory (6m)