By: Anton La Macchia
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten declared it a “Super Saturday night” for the Australian Labor Party, calling the by-election results a signpost to Labor winning government at the next federal poll next year.
With Labor winning both by-elections, including Longman, Braddon, Mayo, Fremantle and Perth.
In Fremantle, Labor’s Josh Wilson polled 64.7 per cent of the two-party preferred vote by 7:30pm, and held a strong lead over Green’s WA Dorinda Cox, with 39.3 per cent counted.
Josh Wilson said the result was a clear indication that voters did not like the direction the country was headed in.
However, in Perth, Labor’s Patrick Gorman had collected 61.4 per cent on two-party preferred, ahead of the Green’s WA Caroline Perks on 38.4 per cent.
“There has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian Labor Party member,” he said.
Labor MP Madeleine King has rejected ideas that the by-election in Fremantle and Perth is a ‘walk-over’, despite the Liberal Party did not contest those seats.
“It’s not a walk-over. We know Josh Wilson and his team have made 20,000 calls to the electors of Western Australia, Labor doesn’t take voters for granted in this state,” she said.
“You will have work to gain the trust and understanding of local people, and Patrick made similar efforts in Perth, so it’s not a walk-over.”
The Australian Liberal Party did not stand candidates in the Perth & Fremantle seats.