Pressure builds on Joondalup incumbent Jan Norberger

The race for State Government may be over, but there's still a tight contest in Joondalup.
The race for State Government may be over, but there's still a tight contest in Joondalup.

JOONDALUP incumbent Jan Norberger knows the northern suburbs seat is key to which major party forms government after the March 11 State poll.

With the polls pointing to a Labor swing, the Liberals have been trying to limit it in Joondalup to under the 10.4 per cent margin to Mr Norberger.

“Absolutely, you do feel it,” the first-termer said of the pressure to hold on.

“The intensity of the campaign is much greater than last time.

“Literally this is a frontline seat. I know when 6pm arrives on Saturday I know I will have given my all – not just over the past six weeks, but over four years.

“This election will highlight who has worked hard and who hasn’t. The goodwill generated I like to humbly hope will be rewarded.

“It’s a big ask for a third term (for the Barnett Government).”

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Labor challenger Emily Hamilton was also conscious of the importance of Joondalup.

“I have heard media reports,” she said.

“But my focus is on our campaign and what we’re doing.”

Ms Hamilton planned to spend the last days of the campaign in the community, doorknocking, “chatting with people”, doing shopping centre walks and attending the pre-polling station.

She said she and her large group of volunteers were full of energy and enthusiasm and were picking up a “sense of change” among voters.

Ms Hamilton, like Mr Norberger, said she had not received any party polling results for the seat.

“My main focus is direct voter contact and what’s important to them in the northern suburbs,” the former electoral officer said. “People want change up this way, they want jobs close to home.”

Mr Norberger said there was a high number of pre-poll voting and he would spend time in the lead-up to Saturday at the pre-poll booth in Joondalup.

“It is the last opportunity to meet people before they vote,” he said. He said “the shoe’s on the other foot” defending his seat as opposed to challenging previous incumbent Tony O’Gorman in 2013.

“In a weird way I can appreciate how Tony felt,” he said before saying both election campaigns had not been personal but fought on policy.

Ms Hamilton would not be drawn on whether she allowed herself to think of a win on Saturday.

“I’m doing the best I can in the campaign,” she said before adding she was “doing it for the reason I want to represent the community”.