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Labor Gallops To Victory In The West; Court Defeated After Two Terms

Feb 11 – 2.30amWestern Australian Premier Richard Court has conceded defeat in yesterday’s State election, whilst Geoff Gallop has proclaimed the ALP the “party of the people”.

Geoff Gallop, Premier-elect of Western AustraliaThe ALP appears to have won an additional 16 seats in the election, 5 more than required for victory.

A resurgent One Nation has won around 10% of the statewide vote, and up to 30% in some rural electorates.

The ALP’s two-party-preferred vote is around 53%, the beneficiary of a One Nation decision to preference against sitting members.

One Nation looks set to win 3 seats in the Legislative Council and may hold the balance of power. [Read more…]


Western Australian Election To be Held On February 10

Richard CourtThe Premier of Western Australia, Richard Court, has confirmed rumours over the past few days that a State election will be held on Saturday 10 February.

The coalition government led by Court was first elected in 1993, increasing its majority in 1996. The coalition secured 35 seats (Liberal 29, National 6) in 1996, compared to 19 seats for the ALP. There are three Independents.

The ALP, therefore, needs to win 10 seats to form government. One Labor member, Larry Graham, lost preselection for his safe seat of Pilbara and may win the seat as an Independent, increasing the ALP’s target to 11. [Read more…]


Western Australian State Election Called For February 10

The Western Australian Premier, Richard Court, has called a state election for February 10.

Court’s Liberal government has been in office since 1993. It faces a difficult fight for re-election against the Labor opposition led by Geoff Gallop.

This is the text of a press release from the Premier.

A State election will be held in Western Australia on Saturday, February 10, Premier Richard Court announced today.

In Bunbury to release the Coalition’s Bunbury-Leschenault Policy, Mr Court said Western Australians would head to the polling booths to decide which party would govern the State for the next four years.

“This will be a critical election for Western Australians,” he said. [Read more…]