Election 2016: Perth candidates in final push to secure votes

Election 2016: Perth candidates in final push to secure votes

PERTH candidates are making their final efforts to secure victory today as the nation goes to the polls.

Labor candidate Tim Hammond was joined by his wife Lindsay and daughters Sidney and O’Hara at the Uniting Church in Mount Lawley as he voted this morning.

Mr Hammond said he was proud of Labor’s positive, policy-focussed campaign.

“It has been a long campaign… We are not taking a single vote for granted,” he said.

His stump speech was interrupted by Sidney, aged four, who asked “can we go in now dad?”; perhaps reflecting popular sentiment about the length of the election campaign.

Liberal candidate Jeremy Quinn was at Inglewood Primary School in the afternoon, where former Perth MHR Ross McLean was campaigning to make Perth a Liberal seat for the first time since he lost office in 1983.

Mr Quinn told the Guardian Express that stable employment was a big issue as WA’s economy transitions after the mining boom, and one that resonated with voters.

“I have enjoyed the campaign. We have run a positive campaign, as have the other candidates – everyone has been civil. Today is all about meeting as many people as you can and enjoying the moment,” he said.

Mr Hammond hopes to succeed Labor’s Alannah MacTiernan, who served as Perth MHR for three years after a long and distinguished career in state politics.

Tim Clifford, the Australian Greens candidate, is expected to poll a strong third.

The minor party hopes to bounce back from a relatively low 10.6% in Perth in 2013, which was down from 16.1% in 2010.