Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has easily held on to her seat, registering a slight swing in her favour.By Trent Horneman
Sussan Ley has again safely held her Farrer seat, with a slight swing in her favour at Saturday’s election.
Ms Ley will serve a fifth term as Member for Farrer, securing 56.69 per cent of the primary vote and 64.51 per cent on a two-candidate preferred system.
Votes at Mathoura, Bunnaloo and Moama were typical of the overall result, with Ms Ley winning at least 60 per cent of the primary vote at all three venues.
Ms Ley said she was humbled to be returned to the seat.
‘‘After winning the election in 2001 by just 200 votes, I never take anything for granted,’’ she said.
With the Coalition sweeping into power under Tony Abbott, Ms Ley said she looked forward to achieving positive results for her electorate.
At the top of her list is the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
‘‘We are not sure who the new water minister is going to be, I am hoping that it will be Barnaby Joyce. If it is then that will be a good result and we can begin to fix up the mess,’’ she said.
‘‘For the past two terms, six years, I have continually had doors slammed in my face.
‘‘Now I will have the chance to sit down with ministers and be able to talk about the issues that matter for this region.’’
Ms Ley said mobile phone blackspots and faster broadband were also areas she wanted addressed in the next term.
‘‘We have policies in place to improve mobile phone coverage and increase broadband speeds four to five times in the next term,’’ she said.
Ms Ley said small businesses and the abolition of the carbon tax would also benefit her constituents.
Labor candidate for Farrer Gavin Hickey said he was disappointed to see Labor lose government because he believed it had good policy during its time in power.
‘‘It was a mood vote, hands down,’’ he said.
Despite vocal opposition from Katter Australia Party and Palmer’s United Party about the abolition of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, Mr Hickey said strong support for Labor in towns outside of Broken Hill showed Labor was fair.
‘‘The vote was down in Broken Hill and with very little swing, it means we have picked up votes elsewhere,’’ he said.
Mr Hickey said despite a lack of resources, he gained new supporters and volunteers during the election.
‘‘We did not have a lot to spend on advertising. But it was a good campaign,’’ he said.
‘‘In difficult circumstances we were able to attract new members and volunteers, so hopefully we have put Labor in a stronger position as a result.’’
Mr Hickey said he would happily throw his hat back into the ring for another election campaign if pre-selected.
Of the other candidates, Christina Sobey (Greens) scored 4.29 per cent of the primary vote, followed by Palmer United Party’s Ronald Emmerton (4.14) and Katter Australia Party’s Ken Trewin (3.63).
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