WA Election: Labor claim big wins in Mirrabooka, Girrawheen and Balcatta

Margaret Quirk, David Michael and Janine Freeman. Picture: Belinda Cirpiano
Margaret Quirk, David Michael and Janine Freeman. Picture: Belinda Cirpiano

MIRRABOOKA MLA Janine Freeman has retained her seat against Liberal candidate Lily Chen in a landslide victory.

Freeman, who has held the seat, formerly Nollamara, since 2008, addressed an ecstatic crowd at the Osborne Park Bowling Club tonight alongside Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, who also retained her seat.

With 39.5 per cent of votes counted to 8.25pm, Freeman had claimed 65.6 per cent of the vote.

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Labor’s David Michael has not yet arrived at the event but the newcomer and “Tuart Hill boy” will snatch the seat of Balcatta from Liberal incumbent Chris Hatton.

Hatton claimed the tradition Labor stronghold at the 2013 election.

The youngest person elected to the City of Stirling council at 25 years of age in 2005, Michael has claimed 56.1 per cent of the 65.7 per cent of votes counted in the seat so far.