Western Australia

Feb 20, 2013

Labor insider: Barnett’s re-election not entirely certain

The Liberal campaign in WA has been a chaotic mess, with Colin Barnett's Labor challenger Mark McGowan running well. Think the Liberals will be handily re-elected? Look closer, says former Labor adviser Luke Walladge.

If you weren’t watching closely, you’d wonder why Labor was even bothering in the Western Australian state election next month. The bookies and the papers have decided it’s a romp for Colin Barnett’s Liberals and there’s not much more to be said. Labor’s on the nose.

But that’s why it pays to look closely.

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4 thoughts on “Labor insider: Barnett’s re-election not entirely certain

  1. The Pav

    One thing that the West lets Barnett get away with is the complete absence of talenton the govt benches hence the need for liabilities like Buswell to hold multiple cabinet posts.

    As to Metronet one party has closed and is continuing to close railways lines whilse the other has opene & built lines but yet again the press does not draw this dintinction

  2. Sam

    Excellent though Tim Hammond might be, surely even he couldn’t have run in both Swan and Canning. Alannah MacTiernan was the Canning candidate.

  3. crawfordyorke

    as usual, the daily conservative newsletter, The West Australian called the debate as a “toss-up”.
    Was clearly a victory for McGowan, pity only about 1% of eligible voters would of watched it.

  4. Carps

    The ALP and McGowan have run a much better campaign that I’d expected they would, and the Libs have appeared to be all over the place.

    Still expecting a Barnett victory, but am hopeful that Labor will remain within striking distance for 2017, and Freo and Morley return to Labor. I will also be watching the Lib v Nat contests with interest.

    Looking at the betting markets, and I reckon there’s some money to be made. Labor pretty generous odds in Balcatta, West Swan and even Gosnells.

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