SUCCESSFUL Swan MHR Steve Irons has told the Prime Minister he is willing to take whatever role is asked of him in Australia’s next Government, leaving open the door for a step up into Cabinet.
Mr Irons defied the pollsters and a small swing towards Labor in Saturday’s vote, pulling through in another uber-tight race for the inner southern suburbs electorate he has represented since 2007.
“They keep telling me I can’t win, every election, and I’ve still managed to slide over the line,” he said on Sunday when Community News broke to him the news that Labor’s Hannah Beazley had officially conceded defeat.
At the time about 68 per cent of votes had been counted and there had been a two-party preferred swing to Labor of about 1.9 per cent, but not enough for Labor’s star candidate to oust the long-time local member.
Despite his own nail-biting battle, Mr Irons said he had been thrilled for his close friend Scott Morrison as results around the nation became apparent on Saturday evening.
The two men spoke early Sunday, where Mr Irons congratulated and then offered full support to his leader.
“I just said ‘mate I’m proud of you, I’m happy to do whatever you want me to do, just let me know when the time is right’,” he said.
“If he’s got a role for me, I’ll take it.”
Mr Irons has been the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister since Mr Morrison took the top job in October.
The final margin of his narrow win in Swan won’t be known for some time but Ms Beazley trailed by about 2200 votes when she announced the race was over.
In a written statement, Ms Beazley congratulated Mr Irons and thanked Labor volunteers, supporters and departing leader Bill Shorten for putting faith in her as a candidate.