Federal Election 2019: The Perth seats on a knife-edge

Ken Wyatt.
Ken Wyatt.

HEADING into what is sure to be a closely closely Federal Election, these are the Perth seats which could hold the keys to power.

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(The margins of victory at the 2016 Election are shown in parentheses.)

Hasluck (2.1)

Ken Wyatt Hasluck, but will it run out on Saturday?

This Perth metropolitan seat has been held by federal minister Ken Wyatt since 2010. But his margin has been chipped away to 2.1 per cent. Labor candidate James Martin has a financial industry background and almost two decades in the Army Reserves. Speculation the 66-year-old incumbent was thinking about retiring won’t help his cause.

Tip: Labor gain.

Stirling (6.1)

Labor candidate for Stirling Melita Markey with NSW MHR Stephen Jones at Robinson Reserve.

Liberal MP and minister Michael Keenan is retiring which should increase the chances of Labor picking up this Perth northern suburbs seat. Keenan has been the local MP since 2004. Labor candidate Melita Markey has been a long-time advocate for asbestos disease victims. The Liberal candidate, former soldier Vince Connelly, defeated four women for preselection despite Keenan’s preference to be replaced by a female candidate.

Tip: Labor gain.

Swan (3.6)

Hannah Beazley. Photo: David Baylis

Former Labor leader Kim Beazley’s daughter Hannah is contesting this Perth inner southern suburbs seat, held by Liberal veteran Steve Irons since 2007. Name recognition may help Labor.
Tip: Labor gain.

Pearce (3.6)

Christian Porter.

Attorney-General Christian Porter has a reasonable chance of holding this northern Perth seat, which he first won in 2013, but Labor has made inroads at a state level as young families move into new suburbs. Labor’s Kim Travers spent almost three decades in the police service and is a long-time mental health advocate.

Tip: LNP hold.