Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Libs and Hanson Count Cost

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Libs and Hanson Count Cost

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INCOMING West Australian premier Mark McGowan looks like securing about 40 seats in the 59-seat Parliament after an unprecedented 16% swing against the Liberals in Saturday's election.

Federal Opposition frontbencher Mark Butler summed up the mood of Labor supporters yesterday when he described the victory as "stunning".

"Landslide is sometimes a term a bit overused in Australian elections, but this is genuinely a landslide," Mr Butler told ABC television.

While the result was a disaster for the Liberals, with 18 of their seats going to Labor and six ministers in danger of losing their seats, it also left One Nation leader Pauline Hanson highly critical of her party's preference swap with the Liberals.

One Nation lost support as the campaign went on, diving from about 13% in an opinion poll last month to securing just under 5% of the vote in the election itself.

It appears to have missed out in the Lower House and although it may secure one or more seats in the Upper House, the party had been talking about holding the balance of power. …

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