WA Election: Buti not expecting Cabinet position despite overwhelming win in Armadale


Armadale MLA Dr Tony Buti speaking before the election with Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones, Heidi Holman and Jarred Franey. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d465766
Armadale MLA Dr Tony Buti speaking before the election with Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones, Heidi Holman and Jarred Franey. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d465766

TONY Buti does not expect a place on Mark McGowan’s front bench despite winning 75 per cent of the Armadale vote in Saturday’s election.

“It’s just the mathematics. Mark already has 20 people in his shadow cabinet he has to whittle down to 17,” Dr Buti said.

Prior to the election, the Armadale MLA told Comment News of his desire for a ministerial portfolio.

He said he had not spoken to WA’s newest premier since Labor’s victory but was focused on representing Armadale in government.

Dr Buti romped home with 75 per cent of the vote, 67.1 per cent in first preferences, with 63.9 per cent of votes counted.

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First-time candidate Wendy Jeffery failed to make a dent in the Labor stronghold, suffering a 15.4 per cent swing against the Liberal Party, garnering just 25 per cent of the vote.

Dr Buti pledged to fix congestion and safety problems at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott and bring forward building the Armadale Road dual carriageway to mid-2017.

He said Denny Avenue was included in the 2018-19 budget.

The One Step Closer program, overseen by the Armadale Youth Intervention Partnership between the City of Armadale and Save the Children, was promised $200,000 to support youth at risk.

“We also have the Community Improvement fund, which is $1 million to spend on school improvements and other community groups,” Dr Buti said.

Barry Urban handed Tony Simpson a crushing defeat in Darling Range with an 18.4 per cent swing against the Liberal incumbent on Saturday. Mr Urban won 55.4 per cent of the vote, with preferences, with 67.3 per cent of votes counted.

The conservative region had traditionally voted Liberal since 1962.