Election 2016: Wyatt holds Hasluck


Former Prime Minister John Howard lending his support to Ken Wyatt.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d456216
Former Prime Minister John Howard lending his support to Ken Wyatt. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d456216

INCUMBENT Hasluck Liberal MHR Ken Wyatt has retained his seat in the 2016 election with a comfortable majority despite another 20 per cent of postal votes still to be counted.

The Australian Electoral Commission will resume counting today in the seat which was redrawn by the AEC in 2015.

Hasluck includes Mundaring and Gidgegannup which Mr Wyatt said has listed the environment as an important issue for voters.

Greens candidate Patrick Hyslop has won 12 per cent of the vote so far and Mr Wyatt is sitting on 52 per cent with 48 per cent for ALP candidate Bill Leadbetter, a 4 per cent swing against him.

The ALP needed at least a 6 per cent swing to win back the seat which Mr Wyatt has held since 2010.

Mr Leadbetter said he was keen to run again if there was another federal election this year.

“It would depend on a number of circumstances. I loved campaigning and meeting so many delightful people,” the WA historian and academic said.

Mr Wyatt, Australia’s first Aboriginal person elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, won the seat from the ALP.

In 2001 and 2007, Sharryn Jackson was the ALP candidate in Hasluck.

This is the third time Mr Wyatt has won the seat and he was appointed a junior minister with the health care portfolio in the Turnbull government in the last Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Leadbetter said he enjoyed the support of the National office of the ALP and the State office and he had a great campaign manager.

“We fought hard and we are delighted with the result nationally and overall the Shorten Labor opposition’s performance has been outstanding.

“We also had an amazing team of volunteers,” he said.

Mr Wyatt is widely seen in the electorate as being a vocal campaigner for local issues and in touch with his electorate and his community.

Mr Wyatt won the seat originally with a 1.4 per cent swing in 2010.

“I am honoured the constituents in Hasluck have elected me to be their federal member for a third term,’ he said.

“I always knew I would have to work hard to retain the seat and that’s exactly what I did.”

Mr Wyatt never took his popularity for granted and campaigned vigorously in his electorate.

“I believe Malcolm Turnbull is correct when he says we will form a majority coalition government so I look forward to continuing the work in that government.”

Mr Leadbetter joined the WA Labor Party in 1998 when he moved from Sydney with his wife, Margo, and daughter.

After being asked to run in Hasluck, he championed education and healthcare as his priorities with jobs for youth and employment generally the most important issues of the area.

Greens Candidate Patrick Hyslop said he was pleased with a 2 per cent swing to the Greens in Hasluck.

“As a candidate you would always like to do better, but I’m pleased with the result in Hasluck. We managed to increase the vote, and quite significantly when you look at the 2013 result.

“I congratulate Ken who ran a good campaign as did Bill and the other candidates.

“I will now be keenly watching the Senate results and am hopeful we will return our two WA Greens Senators,” Mr Hyslop said.