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Issue #1769      March 15, 2017

WA election

Lie with dogs, get fleas

Last Saturday, March 11, WA voters queued before 8am to end eight and a half years of the Barnett Liberal-National Coalition government.

The trade union movement mobilised their members for an intensive campaign and the hard work showed how powerful workers and the union movement can be when working together. This is inspirational and shines a light on a possibility that unions could run an independent campaign in future elections standing independent trade unionists who would then discuss policies with whichever party forms government.

Several polls predicted a massive 12% swing towards the Labor Party or 54% on the two preferred Parties.

The exchange of preferences with the fascist-minded One Nation proved poisonous for the Liberals: Lie down with dogs and you’ll get fleas.

By 7:30pm, only 90 minutes after the polling booths had closed it was already obvious the people of WA had changed their government. Premier Colin Barnett conceded the election and congratulated ALP Premier-elect Mark McGowan and the ALP for their victory and electoral campaign.

An ABC prediction gives Labor up to 41 seats, 13 Liberal and 5 National. The Labor Party campaigned with 35 key promises which included stopping the construction of the controversial ROE 8 infrastructure project.

Another important result out of the election was the number of women elected to Parliament. More than 30 percent of the elected members in both houses of government are women and we trust the struggle for equality will eventually deliver an equal representation of men and women in our Parliaments.

Results for the Upper House were still coming as the Guardian went to press.

Further analysis next week.

Next article – Editorial – The legacy of the Russian revolution

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