WA Election: Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly determined to deliver on promises after Labor sweeps to WA Election Win


Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly celebrates his win.
Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly celebrates his win.

BASSENDEAN MLA Dave Kelly, who retained his seat after surging towards a landslide victory over Liberal candidate Jim Seth, is determined to deliver on promises made during the State Election campaign.

Mr Kelly will enter his second term as the State member after he succeeded Martin Whitely in 2013.

Mr Kelly recorded 71.66 per cent of the two party preferred vote, upstaging Liberal candidate Jim Seth, who recorded 28.34 per cent as of this morning.

The Bassendean seat has been a safe Labor seat since its introduction in 1996.

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Mr Kelly said he shared a very “lively celebration” with newly elected Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson on Saturday night.

“I made it home and saw the kids; it is important to have balance between family and work,” he said

“I have lots of things to do but I will basically be getting straight back into it.”

The 54-year-old, who was the opposition fisheries, youth and water spokesman, said he was pleased with the result.

“I think it was a very strong result for me personally but for Labor in general,” he said.

“The main issues that came out really strong were the opposition to the sale of Western Power and people’s concern about the state of the economy.

“They picked someone who will really take the jobs issue by the ‘scruff of the neck’ and try and turn the economy around.”

He said he would focus on reviewing the Disability Justice Centre and redeveloping Kiara College during the next four years.

“Mark McGowan gave a commitment to review the Disability Justice Centre on Lord Street and that review will include whether or not the location is going to be appropriate,” he said.

“I am very keen to make my view known when that review takes place and that is it is in the wrong place and it should be moved.

“Labor made a commitment to basically rebuild Kiara College and secure the future of the farm school so that is exciting.”

Mr Kelly said there would be a caucus meeting on Wednesday to select cabinet members but he would not comment further.