PERTH has a new Federal Member of Parliament, with Labor’s Tim Hammond winning the seat vacated by Alannah MacTiernan with 54.2% of the two-party preferred vote.
Mr Hammond thanked a packed crowd of enthusiastic supporters at the Bayswater Hotel on election night.
“This is the time that Federal Labor in WA comes back!” he declared to a roar of approval.
“We are about better outcomes in education; protecting Medicare; a proper public transport system that creates thousands of new jobs; a real policy on climate change; a proper national broadband network; and marriage equality. And that is why we do what we do,” he said.
Mr Hammond thanked his wife Lindsay and daughters Sidney and O’Hara for their support.
He also thanked “future members of State Parliament” at the party, Mount Lawley candidate Simon Millman and Perth candidate John Carey.
Vanquished Liberal candidate Jeremy Quinn said the campaign had been hard-fought but fair.
“It was a very civil campaign from all parties, I’d like to congratulate Tim Hammond and I wish him all the best,” he told the Guardian Express.
Mr Quinn took solace from a relatively strong performance, with a primary vote of 42% and suffering a swing of 2% away, compared with swings against the Liberals of 7.8% in Brand, 5.6% in Canning, 6.2% in Pearce, 5.2% in Cowan and a nominal swing of 13.1% in the new seat of Burt.
“I think it was a fantastically well run campaign, led by Senator Dean Smith and our campaign manager Fay Duda,” he said. Ms Duda is the senior vice-president of the WA Liberal Party.
Mr Quinn thanked his family for their tireless support.
“A local candidate who has lived in the area for three generations resonated with people. (The campaign) gave me the chance to put forward who I am and what I’m about – and I appreciate the support that was shown to me today,” he said.
Greens candidate Tim Clifford was third with 16.5% of the primary vote – a positive swing of 4.5% on the 2013 result.