Election 2016: Second time lucky for Matt Keogh as Labor candidate captures Burt

Matt Keogh took to the street to say thank you to his electorate early this morning.
Matt Keogh took to the street to say thank you to his electorate early this morning.

A MARATHON campaign has ended with Matt Keogh enjoying the biggest swing in the country on the way to securing the federal seat of Burt.

The ALP’s Mr Keogh won the seat with 58.4 per cent of the votes from Liberal’s Matt O’Sullivan who had 41.6 per cent.

Although Burt is a completely new seat, it has endured the biggest swing in the country going on previous results with 14.49 per cent. With the final result of who will govern still unknown, Mr Keogh said a minority government could work.

“I think we need to understand while we have had a good tradition of majority governments, the reality is many countries around the world, minority governments operate very effectively,” he said.

“I don’t think we are in a situation where there will be another election.

“We are still waiting for the results of this election.”

He said it was a very long campaign with the by-election, then campaigning for the seat of Burt, but that allowed him to talk to people about things that were important to them.

Mr Keogh ran against Andrew Hastie in the Canning by-election in September last year.

He lost but was endorsed as the candidate for Burt in November.

Mr Keogh said the first thing he was planning on doing was making sure what was prioritised is delivered.

The Armadale flyover bridge is the first that Mr Keogh said he was going to work on to secure funding for.