Is Dom, is good: Liberals channel West Coast grand final hero

A scene no Eagles fan will ever forget. Dom Sheed gets excited, September 2018. Photo: Michael Wilson/Getty Images
A scene no Eagles fan will ever forget. Dom Sheed gets excited, September 2018. Photo: Michael Wilson/Getty Images

IN the final week of the election campaign, Steve Irons pulled out a football signed by West Coast Eagles grand final hero Dom Sheed and presented it to Scott Morrison, telling the Prime Minister “this is us mate, we’re going to kick the final goal in the last minute and win the election”.

Whether that represented campaign bravado or election expectation, Saturday’s surprise result confirmed it turned out to be a fair analogy for both men.

“When I was talking to people at shopping centres and even going to Bunnings and places like that, the on-the-ground feeling was really good and positive,” Mr Irons reflected on Sunday after it was confirmed he would hold the battleground seat of Swan.

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Swan MP Steve Irons hands a Dom Sheed-autographed footy to PM Scott Morrison.

“It wasn’t like I was in trouble, but the polls were telling me that I was.

“At the end of the day though the only poll that counts, as everyone keeps saying, is the one on election day.”

A stream of polls had predicted Labor’s Hannah Beazley would trump the four-term member in the 2019 battle for the seat of Swan, with Mr Irons rated at best a half chance to retain the seat he’d held since 2007.

After a promise-filled campaign he described as the hardest, most energy- sapping since he was first elected in 2007, Mr Irons was looking forward to delivering what the Liberal Party had committed locally.

“I’m looking forward to opening the Manning Road on-ramp, I’m looking forward to being at the opening of the Lathlain Park facility, but I’m mostly pleased about all of the roads,” he said.

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“Particularly Leach Highway and Welshpool Road. That’s a shocking intersection, I know, because I travelled it so many times during the election campaign.

“It’s just congestion- busting stuff and I can understand people’s frustration.

“I think that helped us as well because it’s real infrastructure that is going to have an effect on people’s lives.”

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Swan MP Steve Irons at Collier Park Golf Course during the Federal election campaign.

The Liberal Party also committed $20 million to the long-desired South Perth aquatic centre project, money that would not have come to fruition if Labor had won the seat.

“Hopefully the State will match it because it will be not only a facility for people in South Perth but the neighbouring areas,” Mr Irons said.

“Curtin University support it immensely. It will be in a fabulous location and multiple sports will be in there, multiple community facilities will be in there.”