Western Australian STATE ELECTION 2017

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Liberal Insider speaks out about death threat letters sent to Western Australian Liberal Party candidates being organised for politcal purposes by high up people in the Western Australian Liberal Party and backing the Liberal Party:

It is understood for information provided by the nyt.bz investigation team, that a Western Australian Liberal Political insider has broken ranks and  stated that it was people high up in the Western Australian Liberal Party and their powerful international mining, property, building, business and development backers that were the ones that organised to have  death threat letters sent to themselves for the purpose of winning public support and sympathy for a Western Australian election that all the polls say that Colin Barnett's Western Australian Liberal Party is about to lose  on Saturday the 11th of March, 2017 .....

".. Colin Barnett, the Western Australian Liberal Party and their big international mining, property and investment company backers are desperate to win this Western Australian State Election at ant cost and at any price ...."..say the Liberal Party Insider ..... ".... they are even very concerned about an new Attorney General ordering criminal investigations into their actions and links to criminal networks and the possibilty of criminal charges laid again them ... they are extremely scared of what a new government may find on the old Government files over the last 8  years ..."

Also it has been stated that ... " they want to use the letters to clog up Google searches on the Western Australian State Election which will mainly come up with  stories from media in Australian and around the world,
 with headlines such as 

'Death Threats Made To Liberal Party Candidates and their families'....,
 ... they are also  using the death threat letters  as an excuse for the current premier Colin Barnett to make last minute public statements about the Western Australian State Election due to be held on the 11th arch, 2017..."....

"... the death threat letters were sent deliberately to arrive on the 8th of  9th of March, 2017 ..... just when the close of adds that are allowed in newspapers advertising one political party of another ..... 
came into force on Wednesday the 8th of March, 2017 ...
to gain more publicity for Colin Barnett and his Western Australian Liberal Party .... after the close of ads for the election ...
..... they worked out that the best time to have these death threat letters to arrive at the Liberal Party members's homes was the 8th to 9th of March, 2017 ....  
.....which was a way of obtaining free media exposure in all the Western Australian Newspapers and Television networks, and the ABC  etc...... 
.... for Colin Barnett's Western Australian Liberal Party ... 
...... at a time that Mark McGowan's Western Australian Labor Party were not allowed to place any more adds in any of the 
Western Australian Newspapers and Television networks, and the ABC  etc..." 
.. the Liberal Party insider stated...


                WA Liberal MPs receive death threats ahead of Saturday election


The threatening  letter was sent to MPs' home addresses.


The ABC understands letters were sent to the home addresses of at least six Liberal candidates, including a former minister.

The author accuses the recipients of "stuffing up their life and business" and directly threatens "women and children".

One of the recipients is Upper House MP and candidate for the seat of Hillarys Peter Katsambanis.

"It's disconcerting for me, it's disconcerting for my family," Mr Katsambanis said.

"When people make direct threats to people's homes about their family, this is no longer fair game in politics.

"This is despicable behaviour."

Mr Katsambanis reported the matter to police and provided them with the letter.

He said the election campaign had been particularly nasty.

"This campaign has been littered with threats and attacks on myself, 
on my wife, on campaign workers and volunteers," he said.

"This is just one more.

"It's clearly designed to take my attention away in the last few days of the campaign, but it's not going to work."

Concern about address publication

It is understood the police dignitary protection unit has been notified.

WA Police confirmed they were investigating the letters.

"At this time I can't provide details of what was written in the letters and the investigation is ongoing," a spokesman said.

Some MPs involved have raised concerns their home addresses were accessed after being published in The West Australian newspaper as part of an election notice by the WA Electoral Commission.

Mr Katsambanis said publishing home addresses was not appropriate.

"Given the unstable global environment we live in, the act needs to be changed as soon as possible after the election," he said.

"Suburb details should be enough in this day and age."

The commission said it was required by law.

"Under the Electoral Act the Commission is required to publish candidate nomination details, which include the address that each candidate provides on their nomination form," a spokesperson said.

"However, there is provision for anyone to enrol as silent elector.

"In such cases a candidate's address details would not be published."

‘Women, kids we will get them’ - Libs get death threats

Nick Butterly and Gary Adshead

Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:57PM


Colin Barnett has asked the public for help to find the author of threatening letters to Liberal candidates.

It is noted that when Colin Barnett and his police Commissioner asked for the public's help in helping the catch the Claremonth Serial Killers, 
unfortunately Colin Barnett and the Macro Task Force, a part of the Western Australian Police Service put in sole charge of the Claremeont Seral abduction and murder investigations .... refused to take much notice of the information that the public and even other members of their police force ... that would have helped find thos einvolved in the the Claremont Serial Murders and the other abductions and murders of over 30 other girls and women and boys and men in Perth and Western Australian over the last 40 odd years...so it may be best that Colin Barnett and his Liberal Government ask the Western Australian and the Australian Federal Police to help them find not only those involved in writing and sending these death threat letters to Western Australian Liberal Party candidates .. but also ask the Australian Federal Police to help solve the over 30 murders and abductions on girls, boys, women and men in Perth and Western Australia in the last 40 odd years ..... and had a copy of all the Western Australian Police files and information collected in relation to the Claremont Serial Abductions and Murders as well as their files on all the other unsolved abductions and murders in Perth and Western Australian in the last 40 off years since  the 1960's onwards ....

Colin Barnett has asked the public for help to find the author of threatening letters to Liberal candidates.Picture: The West Australian

The Barnett Government has called on the public to help find the person behind death threats to a number of WA politicians, including the Premier.

Colin Barnett made his last pitch to voters this morning, but only after explaining why he was holding a media conference inside the secure confines of the Government’s headquarters in West Perth.

"There have been some threats made to members of Parliament and to their spouses and to their children so it was necessary to have a little more security around," Mr Barnett said.

"It’s been an ugly and nasty end to this campaign. To issue death threats is a serious matter and the police and Government are treating this in a most serious way.

The anonymous letter accused Liberal MPs of ruining his business and warned of consequences.

Mr Barnett says there were attempts to blockade his home this morning and other protests that he and his colleagues found threatening.

Deputy Liberal Party leader and Police Minister Liza Harvey said she had also received a threatening note at her home address.

"I am pleading to anyone in the community who might have information about who this individual might be to contact police or have the individual contact their health professional," she said.

"Police are working on this. It’s a very unnerving thing to receive, particularly for people like me on my own with two kids, it’s very disturbing for my children. 

If you know who this might be contact Crimestoppers 1800 333000.

The Premier used his last media conference to trash Labor and its costings, which were released yesterday.....

Note: "...That this was one of the main purposes of the Western Australian Liberal Party organising to send threatening letters to themselves..." .. says Liberal Party Insider...

The Give Western Australia Back To The People Action Group 
Support The Election of Mark McGowan 
As The Next Premier Of Western Australia

One of the demands of the Give Western Australian Back To The People Action Group is for the immediate resignation of  

(1) the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Karl O'Callaghan, 

(2) the Western Australian Deputy Police Commissioner Mr A Brown APM, M. St ( Cantab). Deputy Commissioner of Operations, for the Western Australian Police


(2) Western Australian Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson

for deliberatley running a corrupt and dis-functional police service and in particular for deliberately

 telling lies and misrepresentations to the media and the general public regarding the fact associated with the Claremont Serial Killings such as :

(a) misleading the  media and the general public as to place of  the last know sighting of Jane Rimmer before Jane Rimmer disappeared on early Sunday Morning the 9th of June 2016.

(b) misleading the  media and the general public as to the time of last know sighting of Jane Rimmer before Jane Rimmer disappeared on early Sunday Morning the 9th of June 2016.

(c) not professionally and properly investigating the disappearance and murder of Jane Rimmer who was abducted early Sunday Morning the 9th of June, 2016

(d) misleading the  media and the general public as to the circumstances of the last know sighting of Ciara Glennon before CIara Gennon disappeared on early Sunday Morning the 15th of March, 2017.

(e)  not professionally and properly investigating the disappearance and murder of Ciara Glennon who was abducted early the 15th of March, 2017.

(f) Misleading the media and general public about the investigation of the disappearance of Sarah Spiers on the 27th of January, 1996 

(g) not professionally and properly investigating the disappearance and murder of Sarah Spiers who was abducted early the 27th of January, 1996.

(h) By going out of their way to protect influential, well connected and powerful people involved in the Claremont Serial Killings, and other abductions, murders and serious crimes committed in Western Australia

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Western Australian State Election March, 2017

Mark McGowan and Labor set to sweep into power, says Galaxy poll

Joe Spagnolo, PerthNow - March 4, 2017 


Mark McGowan (right) is set to succeed over Colin Barnett (left), according to a new poll. Picture: Mogens Johansen

MARK McGowan is poised to become WA Premier, with a new poll predicting Labor will win Saturday’s State election.

An exclusive Galaxy poll of West Australians, commissioned by The Sunday Times, shows Labor has a 54 to 46 per cent lead over the Liberal-National alliance on a two-party preferred basis.

The poll, which has a history of giving the most accurate prediction of voter intentions, suggests Labor would achieve an 11 per cent swing since the 2013 State election.

A swing of this magnitude on Saturday would see Labor pick up 14 seats from the Liberals to form a majority government.

Labor needs to win 10 seats from the Liberals to seize power.

With six days to the election, key poll findings included:

PRIMARY support for Labor has surged to 40 per cent. This is almost seven percentage points higher than in 2013.

SUPPORT for the Liberals has slumped to just 31 per cent, more than 16 points lower than four years ago.

STATEWIDE support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is at 9 per cent, while the Greens are steady at 8 per cent and the Nationals have slipped to 5 per cent. Support for other minor parties and Independents is 7 per cent.

ON THE question of preferred premier, Mr McGowan holds a commanding 46 to 33 per cent lead over Colin Barnett, who is now one of WA’s longest serving premiers.

The poll was conducted from Wednesday to Friday, based on the opinions of 1115 voters across WA.

This survey was conducted by Galaxy Research between 1-3 March 2017.

The results are based on the opinions of 1115 voters.

The data has been weighted and projected to reflect the population of Western Australia.

Galaxy accurately predicted the hung parliament of 2008 and the emphatic Liberal-National win of 2013. In contrast with other polls which only use robopolling, Galaxy also uses online surveys to better match the sample to the broader population.

With Labor’s primary vote at 40 per cent, Galaxy managing director David Briggs said the party would still be dependent on the flow of preferences from the 24 per cent of voters who support the minor parties.

But he said there was no reason to doubt that they would achieve the usual strong preference flow from Green voters.

As revealed last month, the Liberals struck a preference swap with One Nation in the hope the deal may save them from political annihilation.

The poll suggested that close to 50 per cent of One Nation voters would preference Labor ahead of the Liberals, Mr Briggs said.

If the predicted 11 per cent swing is uniform, Labor could pick up Perth, Forrestfield, Belmont, Swan Hills, Morley, Balcatta, Mount Lawley, Bicton, Kalamunda, Joondalup, Southern River and Wanneroo.

Labor would also win the notionally Liberal-held seats of Collie-Preston and West Swan.

This survey was conducted by Galaxy Research between 1-3 March 2017.

The results are based on the opinions of 1115 voters.

The data has been weighted and projected to reflect the population of Western Australia.

On the key issue of which party voters are more likely to trust to reduce State debt, the Liberals edged Labor 38 to 37 per cent.

Voters were also divided on Labor’s plan to cancel the Perth Freight Link and redirect some of the Commonwealth money to its Metronet rail plan and other road projects.

Overall, 42 per cent favour Labor’s plan, with 38 per cent opposed and another 20 per cent uncommitted.

Mr Barnett yesterday predicted West Australians may not know the results of some seats until after election night.

Mr McGowan insisted his party were the underdogs.



             Taken from AWN.bz


Mark McGowan, Labor Leader set to be new Premier of Western Australia
Western Australians are demanding a new honest accountable  Labor Premier Mark McGowan
 after Colin Barnett and his Liberal Government have nearly bankrupted Western Australia and allowed foreign ownership and control to run the state.
The Give Western Australia Back To The People Action Group have stated that they support the election of Mark McGowan  as The Next Premier Of Western Australia


                       Western Australia’s opposition leader, Mark McGowan, with Labor’s candidate for the seat of Morley, 
                       Amber-Jade Sanderson, campaigning in Perth on Thursday. Photograph: Rebecca Le May/AAP

Western Australians are fed up with a corrupt Colin Barnett Liberal Government who want to continue to sell off Western Australia to foreign controlled companies such as the Liberal Government did by allowing billions of dollars of Chinese Triad money to be laundered through Western Australian Premiers Richard Court's and Colin Barnet's, Attorney General Michael Minschil's, former  Australian prime ministers Tony Abbott's and John Howards's best friend, Len Buckeridge and Len Buckeridge's BGC Companies ...and now Len Buckeridge is dead the Chinese Triads effectively own and control the multi-billion BGC companies through various complex trust arrangements....
Len Buckeridge has been named by three witnesses as having an involvement in the Claremont Serial Killings and protected from any form of criminal investigation and arrest by Western Australian Police, because of a back room deal, that was done between the Western Australian Commissioner of Police, the  Western Australian  Police Service, the Liberal Party Attorney  General, the Western Australian Liberal Government, Len Buckeridge, the BGC Group of Companies and the Chinese Triads and their various partners ... whereby they would launder in billions of dollars of their ill gotten gains from Hong Kong into Perth and Western Australia by investing billions from the 1970's onwards into Len Buckeridge's BGC Companies .... this would and did make the City of Perth and Western Australia rich and economically strong ... and provide high employment .... and in return Len Buckeridge and any of his associates and silent Chinese partners would be be given what is called in police cirlces "The Green Light" to commit any criminal offences they want without fear of prosecution or investigations .. including abduction, murder and the selling, importing, manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs .... former Western Australian Police Commissioner Robert Falconer, who has previously been the head of the well known to  be corrupt Victorian Drug Squad, has been named in a special report as being in partnership with other drug dealers such as Paul Massari and drug squad detectives and Len Buckeridge and his silent Cinese Triad Partners, in the selling, importing, manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs in Western Australia, which was allowed to run rife during the time of the Claremont Serial Killings for many reasons, including the fact that all the police resources were concentrating on solving the horrendous Claremont Serial KIllings with no resources monitoring the distribution, importing, growing The manufacturing and selling  illegal drugs in Western Australia, which is a multi billion dollar industry in Western Australia... 
Three witnesses made statement naming Len Buckeridge, his silent Trail partners and certain Western Australian Police as being involved in the Claremont Seral Killings, and other  serious crimes committed in Western Australia ... and these three witnesses are now dead..... but their statements are still exiting and can be used in a  court of law if necessary ...








Nightmare begins for third family

                                                  Grant Taylor-Thursday, December, 2016 


                                                   Claremont serial killer victim Jane Rimmer

                              This story was first published in January 2016, 20 years after Sarah Spiers went missing from Claremont.

                                It was the phone call former homicide squad boss Insp. Paul Ferguson had been dreading, but also expecting.

                    With two unsolved murders already on his plate, his quiet Saturday afternoon would be shattered by the news that the Claremont serial killer had struck again.

                                         “It was the worst possible thing, the worst possible thing ... you can’t help but feel guilty, ” Mr Ferguson, now retired, said.

                                    “I knew we (investigators) had done everything possible. But we had been unable to prevent it from happening again.”


                                                      “I knew we had done everything possible” … Former Macro boss Paul Ferguson

                         Police tonight were refusing to confirm reports the search was linked to the Macro investigation into the Claremont serial killings.

                           Like the first two victims, lawyer Ciara Glennon was young, blonde, smart and attractive.

                    The similarities between all three were overwhelming and police would finally be forced to say the words that until then they had not dared to say in public.

             “I think it’s fair to say that we certainly have fears that there is a serial killer at loose in Perth, ” State crime commander Bob Ibbotson told a press conference two days after Ciara vanished.


                                Steve Penn photo montage of Jane Rimmer, Sarah Spiers and Ciara Glennon - Claremont Seral killings.
                                        Continental Hotel Bay View Terrace, Claremont, Western Australia

          After an extended holiday in Ireland, the 27-year-old had only recently returned to Perth to attend her sister Denise’s wedding.

          On Friday, March 14, 1997, she had been having drinks at the Continental Hotel with colleagues from the law firm where she had worked before going overseas.

           It was about midnight when Ciara told them she was tired, before setting off to presumably catch a taxi back to her parents’ house in nearby Mosman Park.

          Her mother had warned her daughter when she had returned from Ireland about the two earlier disappearances from Claremont.

          But streetwise Ciara did not think twice about walking off alone down Bay View Terrace towards Stirling Highway.


A teenage university student who was abducted and sexually assaulted in Claremont five years before the first known victim of the Claremont Serial Killer or killers ... has told her story publicly for the first time...Bret Cristian, Editor of the Subiaco Post Newspaper ....a man kidnapped her from a car park opposite the Cottesloe Hotel and drive her to the abandoned Lakeway drive-in theatre in Swanborne, where he tried to rape her. She espacpaed but he staked and recaptured her in Claremont and bundled her into the back of his station wagon, The girl came forward after friends read in the Subiaco POST that police ar investugating the three known Calremont serial killings of the mid-1090's have now positively linked prior offences to the last known victim, Ciara Glennon (Subiaco Post Octover 17th)
I think he was more stocky than tall ...

                                  Inspector Paul Ferguson ex macro taskforce boss, spoke to The West Australian on the 20th anniversary of Sarah Spiers' disappearance. 

A group of young men who had been sitting at a bus stop on the highway told police they had seen her walking south, looking for a lift.

The men went back to talking among themselves and a short time later one noticed that Ciara was now much further down the road, leaning in through the passenger side window of a light-coloured car that had pulled up alongside her.

When the men looked again a few moments later, she and the car were gone.

The nightmare was about to begin for a third Perth family who would soon discover their beloved daughter was missing.

Alarm bells began ringing for Denis and Una Glennon the next morning when their daughter missed a hairdresser’s appointment and then failed to show up at her sister’s hens’ party that was organised for that afternoon.

At 4.30pm, Mr Glennon would telephone police to share his concerns.

Within hours, the Macro task force’s members had been recalled to duty and were beginning the hunt for clues all over again.

Although bitterly disappointed at having failed to prevent another murder, Mr Ferguson said his investigators also understood that a fresh case presented them with fresh investigative opportunities.

A copy photo of Ciara Glennon. Picture: Supplied.

Had the killer finally made a mistake? No expense would be spared to try to find out.

Within days, Richard Court’s government announced a $250,000 reward for information to help catch the killer — the biggest ever offered at that time.

Mr Glennon would also appear before a packed press conference to reveal the depth of his family’s despair.

“Only now do I even begin to understand the terrible trauma that the parents of Jane (Rimmer) and Sarah (Spiers) went through, ” he said.

“No parent who loves their child ... can even begin to comprehend the devastating thing that this is.”

Mr Glennon was also confident that his daughter would be found alive.

But it would not take long before his family’s worst fears were realised.

Almost three weeks after Ciara vanished, a bushwalker stumbled across her body near Pipidinny Road in Eglinton on what was then Perth’s far northern fringes.

                            Sarah Spiers has never been found

The location of the body made sense to police. Eglinton was north of where the Mitchell Freeway ended.

Jane Rimmer had been dumped near the end of the Kwinana Freeway.

No attempt had been made to bury either of the bodies. Though Jane Rimmer was naked, Ciara was reportedly fully clothed.

The details of how they died have never been released, but police did confirm that the women’s gravesites had given them a valuable insight into the mind of the killer.

The public were keen to do their bit and more than 15,000 calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline were logged in the first month after Ciara disappeared. But still there was no breakthrough.

To help, Mr Glennon appealed to his network of business contacts who dug deep and established a fund to give police additional resources.

The Secure Communities Foundation raised more than $750,000 , which would help pay for international experts to join the investigation as well as funding new technologies.

One of those technologies was lie-detector testing, or polygraphs. More than 50 people of interest would sit those tests, but one man in particular would fail it.

That man was firming as the prime suspect.


Friday March 14, 1997: Ciara Glennon catches up with former work colleagues at Claremont’s Continental Hotel.

Midnight: The 27-year-old lawyer says she is tired and leaves the pub to find a lift home to Mosman Park.

Minutes later a group of young men see her on Stirling Highway talking to someone in a light coloured vehicle.

When they look again, both the vehicle and Ciara were gone.

Western Australia election: Labor pulls ahead to winning position in poll

Galaxy poll puts Labor ahead 54-46, a larger than expected margin that puts Mark McGowan on track to become premier


Galaxy poll puts Labor ahead 54-46, a larger than expected margin that puts Mark McGowan on track to become premier

 Western Australia’s opposition leader, Mark McGowan, with Labor’s candidate for the seat of
Morley, Amber-Jade Sanderson, campaigning in Perth on Thursday. Photograph: Rebecca Le May/AAP 

Labor is on track to win Saturday’s state election in 
Western Australia, according to a Galaxy poll released on Sunday.

The poll, commissioned by the Sunday Times, shows Labor has a 54% to 46% lead over the Liberal-National alliance on a two-party preferred basis.

According to the poll, Labor has picked up a larger than expected swing that would result in Mark McGowan claiming a convincing win over the premier, Colin Barnett.

The managing director of Galaxy, David Briggs, said Labor’s primary vote was at 40% and it would have to rely on preferences from the 24% of voters who support the minor parties.

He said Labor would likely achieve the usual strong preference flow from Green voters but he said they could also pick up pick close to 50% of preferences from One Nation supporters.

If the predicted 11% swing is uniform, Labor could pick up Perth, Forrestfield, Belmont, Swan Hills, Morley, Balcatta, Mount Lawley, Bicton, Kalamunda, Joondalup, Southern River and Wanneroo.

Labor would also win the notionally Liberal-held seats of Collie-Preston and West Swan.

Barnett said on Sunday the Coalition party was still in the game because of undecided voters.

“I’m a little bit disappointed but I think it confirms what most polls have indicated, and while there’s been a great deal of variability within the polls, it’s clear that the Labor party has been in front,” Barnett told reporters. “There’s still the best part of a week to go and a large number of voters, maybe 15-20% have yet to decide how they’re going to vote so we’re still in this game.”

Barnett said of McGowan: “Mark’s OK, he works hard, but I tell you what, Western Australia is headed for mediocrity.”

The premier said the Labor campaign was being massively funded by the unions, helping the party outspend the Liberals on advertising five-to-one.

“Almost every second ad on television and radio is a union ad having a go at me or having a go at the Liberal party,” he said. “Probably two-thirds of a McGowan cabinet will be recent union officials.”

The campaign enters its final week on Sunday. The One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson, is expected in WA for the final week.

Hanson took heart from the Galaxy poll that shows One Nation on 9%.

“I do believe we will win seats in the upper house, especially as the Libs are preferencing us before the Nats and Labor,” she told ABC TV on Sunday.

She also called the former One Nation candidate Ray Gould, who quit over the party’s preference deal with the Liberals, a Labor stooge for his public outburst.

“He has come across to One Nation as a disgruntled person,” she said.

The former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke campaigned with McGowan on Saturday, while the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, attended a Liberal rally with Barnett.

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Western Australian State Election 11th Macrh 2017
Polling in key seats gives Labor hope, despite bigger picture

Statewide polls suggest Labor will scrape across the line, but marginal seat surveys show stronger support. Then there’s One Nation


 Western Australia’s Labor party, under leader Mark McGowan

 A lack of polling data means the fortunes of Western Australia’s Labor party, under leader Mark McGowan, remain unclear. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/AAP

Thursday 2 March 2017 

With a little over a week to go before Western Australians head to the ballot box, the polls are telling two different stories. Statewide surveys suggest Labor may struggle to win enough seats to form government but local polling suggests Labor is gaining enough of a swing to win the 10 seats it needs.

On the new electoral boundaries, Labor holds 20 seats, with the Liberal-National Coalition holding the remaining 39. A net gain of 10 seats for Labor would give it a majority.

The pendulum suggests Labor needs a uniform swing of at least 9.2% to win the 10 seats it needs to form government. Labor polled 42.7% of the two-party-preferred vote in 2013, so this implies that Labor would need to win substantially more than half of the two-party-preferred vote to win a majority.

All of this, however, assumes that swings are uniform, which they are often not. If Labor gains larger swings in a handful of key seats, it could well form government with a statewide swing of less than 9.2%.

Labor reached 54% of the vote after preferences in January’s Newspoll. A February ReachTel poll put Labor and the Coalition tied on 50% and Friday’s Reachtel poll had Labor back to 52%. This would suggest a swing of 9.3%.

We don’t have a lot of polling data to work with, but we have at least two polls which suggest a larger swing to Labor in the key marginal seats. ReachTel this week polled voters in 15 marginal seats and found a swing of roughly 12% to Labor and away from the Coalition. We have also seen ReachTel individual seat polls of six key marginal seats commissioned by the advocacy group the Parenthood. All six polls put Labor on track to gain the seat and the average swing to Labor was about 13%.

If these marginal seat polls are accurate, it suggests Labor’s statewide support is higher than we have seen in statewide polls, or that the party is gaining a much smaller swing in safer seats. Either way, this would put Labor in a position to win power on 11 March.

It’s harder to predict the outcome owing to the limited polling data – with very little statewide polling to compare. It’s also hard to predict the outcome owing to the role of One Nation.

One Nation has had some strong polling but it’s not clear how much of that vote is in key marginal seats. The party polled just under 8.5% in the most recent statewide ReachTel poll, compared with up to 13% in previous polls. Evidence from the 2016 federal election suggests One Nation’s support is concentrated in regional seats, most of which are held by the Nationals.

We still don’t have a good sense of whether One Nation will be able to deliver preferences to the Liberal party in those key marginal seats, and how big its vote will be in those seats. We also don’t know if One Nation’s vote will be high enough in regional areas to win seats previously considered safe for the Liberal or National parties, and thus threatening the Coalition’s ability to win a majority, whether or not Labor wins enough seats for its own majority.

Western Australian 2017 State  Election

The 2017 Western Australian state election is scheduled for Saturday 11 March 2017 to elect members to the Parliament of Western Australia, 
where all 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly and all 36 seats in the Legislative Council will be up for election.

The eight and a half year incumbent Liberal–WA National government, currently led by Premier Colin Barnett, 
is seeking a third four-year term against the Labor opposition, currently led by Opposition Leader Mark McGowan

On 3 November 2011, the Government of Western Australia introduced fixed four-year terms, with the elections to be held on the second Saturday in March.
The first election under the new law was the 2013 election.
Mark McGowan the leader of the Western Australian Labor Party- member for Rockingham, Western Australia
 Colin Barnett the Leader of the Western Australian Liberal Party- member for Cottesloe,Western Australia

 Brendon Grylls the Leader of the Western Australian Nationals- member for Pilbara, Western Australia

All 59 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly



Opinion polls
  Colin Barnett (formal) crop.jpg Mark McGowan headshot.jpg Brendon Grylls.jpg
Leader Colin Barnett Mark McGowan Brendon Grylls
Party Liberal Labor Nationals WA
Leader since 6 August 2008 23 January 2012 9 August 2016
Leader's seat Cottesloe Rockingham Pilbara
Last election 31 seats 21 seats 7 seats
Current seats 30 seats 21 seats 7 seats
Seats needed Steady0 Increase9 Increase23
TPP @ 2013 57.3% 42.7%
TPP polling 48% 52%
BP polling 29% 47%

Incumbent Premier

Colin Barnett

Keys Seats

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WA election: Mark McGowan discusses life outside politics and being an outsider



Mark McGowan (pictured with parents Dennis and Mary in 1995) had humble beginnings.

Mark McGowan had a near-death experience with a squash racket in his teens, drinks German wheat beers, and if the bookies are right is set to become first WA premier in 30 years not to have attended the University of Western Australia.

But what else do we know about the Labor leader and father of three?

The University of Queensland graduate ended up in Perth by chance almost 30 years ago and admits it is "unusual" for someone from outside of WA to progress into a leadership position in the state Labor party

Mark McGowan became a Navy lawyer after his hopes of becoming an Air Force pilot were dashed by eyesight problems.


After finishing a law degree in Brisbane, Mr McGowan hoped to join the Air Force to become a pilot, but was ruled ineligible because of his eyesight.

"The truth is I wouldn't have got in anyway because I am not very good at maths, so I wouldn't have lasted very long," he laughed.

He came second in the selection for a navy legal officer position, but the person ahead of him dropped out and he accepted a position in Perth.

Not a local, but also not an outsider

Mark McGowan and his wife Sarah heading to a Navy ball in the 1990s.

Mr McGowan said not coming from WA had its disadvantages in political life.

"When you didn't go to UWA, you didn't grow up in the western suburbs and …
you didn't have that background, you are coming from behind," he said

"I am not from that group, but I do not feel like I am an outsider.

"It takes a long time to break through that, but it is unusual to have come from somewhere else and get to the position I am in."

'I was quite a straight kid'

Mr McGowan grew up in regional New South Wales and attended high school in Coffs Harbour with his younger brother.

"I went to the opposite of an exclusive school, put it that way," Mr McGowan said.

"I was quite a straight kid … I tried hard at school because I wanted to impress my parents."

 Mark McGowan at 12 years of age.

His father Dennis owned a squash centre and his mother Mary was a primary school teacher.

Mr McGowan described his parents, who still live in Coffs Harbour, as "very ordinary".

"… they are not wealthy, they do not have any airs and graces, they are currently coming over to visit in a caravan."

"I don't go back there very often, I get back maybe once a year to visit."

At age 15, he suffered a skull fracture playing in the state junior squash titles.

"… A guy let go of his racket and it hit me in the side of the head, nearly killed me … it knocked me out," he said.

"I was concussed but I eventually got up and kept playing, I shouldn't have. I was having dizzy spells … I wasn't able to play sport for three months."

Political beginnings

Inspired by former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke's ability to "transcend class" Mr McGowan was elected to WA's Parliament in 1996.

Mr McGowan conceded his skin was a lot thicker now than it was back then.

"I was bit too ambitious too early on … 
and I think people saw it. You have to bide your time in political life, it is marathon not a sprint," he said.

"If you get advancement too early well sometimes you can be promoted beyond your ability and you burn out."

 Mr McGowan and his wife Sarah celebrate his election to WA's Parliament in 1996.

Since his election, Mr McGowan has held many senior portfolios in both government and opposition, and is the longest-serving MP to run for premier in 40 years.

He described his wife Sarah as a constant source of support and advice during his political career

"She is very good adviser … she can see through all the crap. Sometimes you are in a bubble," he said.

Life outside of politics

Mr McGowan said he did not have enough time for hobbies so he used his free time to play with his kids or walk the dog.

During his interview with the ABC, his media adviser prompted him to list a hobby.

"Camping, you like camping," she said.

"I like camping there you go, I haven't been for a while but if I get the chance I like to go," Mr McGowan responded.

Seemingly a workaholic, he spends up to two hours on the road every day.

Mr McGowan's children have played a key role in the 2017 election campaign.


"You don't spend as much time with your children as you should. But hopefully the upside of it is,
 when I do spend time with them it is quality time and they are proud of their dad," he said.

Mr McGowan's three young children have played a key role shaping his profile during the campaign.

When asked about any political mistakes or regrets, Mr McGowan declined to identify any.

"There are lots of things I regret, but I don't really want to raise them because I don't want my opponents to use them against me," he said.

"…I think it might draw attention to something that bothers me and I don't want that … it will probably appear in Liberal Party ads,"

"After 20 years, I don't want the last 10 days to be a disaster," he said.


Key Seats for the Western Australian 2017 State  Election


Liberal / National

West Swan (*)

LIB 0.9%: The electorate of West Swan takes in a disparate array of suburbs on Perth's northern fringe. It includes Herne Hill, the newer suburbs around Henley Brook, Brabham, West Swan, Dayton, Bennett Springs, Malaga and most of Ballajura, before extending north-west to include market gardening areas of the City of Wanneroo and the far northern Perth suburb of Banksia Grove. It was an electorate first contested in 2008 when current Labor MP Rita Saffioti was elected. She defended this marginal seat with a swing against her of only 2.2% in 2013, and on paper faces a challenge in 2017 as the redistribution has given West Swan a notional Liberal margin on the new boundaries. Saffioti should hold this seat for Labor given a personal vote and the expected state swing to Labor, but her Liberal opponent Rod Henderson will no doubt have different views.


LIB 1.0%: Belmont lies south of the Swan with most of the physical area of the electorate taken up by Perth Airport, the Kewdale freight terminal and the Welshpool industrial area. Residential suburbs include Rivervale, Kewdale, Belmont, Cloverdale, Redcliffe, Ascot and parts of Burswood, South Guildford and Hazelmere. Belmont had been a Labor seat from its first contest in 1962 until being lost to the Liberal Party in 2013. Former members for the seat include two Labor Party Leaders in Col Jamieson and Eric Ripper. The electorate's demographics had been changing in recent years, and with Ripper's retirement in 2013, Liberal Glenys Godfrey won the seat at her third attempt with an above average 7.6% swing. As in 2013 the Labor candidate is Cassie Rowe.


LIB 2.2%: Forrestfield covers a string of suburbs east of Perth Airport and the Roe Highway. From north to south the electorate includes High Wycombe, Maida Vale, Forrestfield, Wattle Grove and Kenwick. It was first contested at the 2008 election and won by Labor, its candidate Andrew Waddell narrowly defeating Liberal Nathan Morton. Morton returned to defeat Waddell in 2013 and will re-contest against new Labor candidate Stephen Price in 2017.


LIB 2.8%: Centred on the Perth central business district, the electorate also includes Kings Park, the Perth CBD, West Perth, Mt Hawthorn, North Perth, Leederville, Highgate, Northbridge and parts of East Perth. Perth had a long history as a Labor held seat, but was won by the Liberal Party's Eleni Evangel in 2013 with a 10.4% swing, twice the state swing. In 2017 she will be opposed by the Labor Party's John Carey.

Collie-Preston (*)

LIB 2.9%: The electorate of Collie-Preston includes three south-west shires, Collie, Dardanup and Donnybrook-Balingup, most of the Shire of Capel and a part of the Shire of Harvey. The largest centre is the coal mining town of Collie, but the electorate also includes Boyanup, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook and some outer suburbs to the north of Bunbury. Labor MP Mick Murray won Collie by 34 votes in 2001, the final Labor gain and last seat decided at that election. Murray was easily re-elected for Collie-Wellington in 2005, overcame one-vote one-value boundaries to win Collie-Preston in 2008, but survived by just 56 votes in 2013. The redistribution since has wiped out Murray's margin and he will need to increase his vote in 2017 to win back this now notionally Liberal held seat. His Liberal opponent is Elysia Harverson and the Nationals have nominated Monique Warnock.


NAT 3.2% v LIB: Most of the population of the Kalgoorlie electorate is in the built area of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, but the electorate also takes in the more remote Shires of Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Coolgardie and Dundas. The district had a long history as a Labor seat, but the changing nature of the mining industry saw it won by the Liberal Party in 2001, the only seat lost by Labor on the election to office of the Gallop government. After two terms held by Liberal Matt Birney, Kalgoorlie was won by Labor turned Independent MP John Bowler in 2008, then by the National Party's Wendy Duncan in 2013. Duncan is retiring at the 2017 election, and the Nationals candidate is Tony Crook, who lost to Bowler in 2008 before winning the Federal seat of O'Connor in 2010, retiring in 2013. The Liberal candidate is Kyran O'Donnell, Labor's candidate Darren Forster.

Swan Hills

LIB 3.7%: The electorate of Swan Hills includes the thinly settled north-east corner of the metropolitan area, with most of the electorate's population concentrated in rapidly growing Ellenbrook, The Vines and Aveley, as well as the Shire of Mundaring suburbs of Mount Helena, Chidlow, Beechina, Wooroloo and parts of Sawyers Valley and Mundaring. Swan Hills was one of the many marginal Labor seats not defended by a sitting MP on the introduction of one-vote one-value boundaries in 2008, playing a part in the victory of current Liberal MP Frank Alban. He was re-elected in 2013 with a 2.4% swing in his favour, less than half the state wide swing against Labor. Alban will be opposed in 2013 by Labor candidate Jessica Shaw.


LIB 4.7%: The electorate of Morley lies in Perth's inner-northern suburbs and includes the suburbs of Nollamara, Noranda and parts of Dianella and Morley. Re-created as a safe Labor seat ahead of the 2008 election, Labor declined to nominate its Ballajura MP John D'Orazio as candidate and paid a heavy price when he nominated as an Independent and recommended preferences for the Liberal Party. Liberal Ian Britza was elected after the second largest swing in the state, Labor's candidate decisions in Morley and neighbouring Mount Lawley playing an important part in the defeat of the Carpenter government. In 2013 Britza overcame a redistribution that wiped out his majority to win re-election, but he will face a sterner challenge in 2017. His Labor opponent is East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson.


LIB 7.1%: Balcatta is an inner-northern Perth electorate that includes the suburbs of Balcatta, Joondanna, Stirling, Tuart Hill, Hamersley and parts of Osborne Park. The electorate has been created and abolished several times in the state's political history, but until 2013 it had always been a Labor seat. It was gained by the Liberal Party's Chris Hatton in 2013 after an above average 9.5% swing, helped by the retirement of Labor MP John Kobelke. Balcatta is certain to be a more competitive seat in 2017 and Hatton's Labor opponent is City of Stirling councillor David Michael.

Mount Lawley

LIB 8.9%: The electorate of Mount Lawley covers a strip of inner northern Perth suburbs including Yokine, Coolbinia, Menora, Mt Lawley and parts of Dianella, Inglewood, Morley and East Perth. The seat had previously existed as a safe Liberal seat between 1950 and 1989, but was re-created with a notional Labor margin on the introduction of one-vote one-value electoral boundaries in 2008. For internal reasons Labor declined to nominate Yokine MP Bob Kucera as its candidate, and Liberal Michael Sutherland won Mount Lawley with one of the largest anti-Labor swings at the election. Sutherland added 7.7% to his margin in 2013 and will defend the seat in 2017 against Labor's Simon Millman.


LIB 10.0%: Bicton runs along the southern shore of the Swan River and includes the suburbs of Attadale, Bicton, Palmyra, East Fremantle, Melville and parts of Alfred Cove and Myaree. It is a new electorate formed from the western parts of the former seat Alfred Cove, and also includes East Fremantle and Melville from the neighbouring Labor seats of Fremantle and Willagee. The abolition of Alfred Cove created a pre-selection scramble amongst Liberal MPs, and Alfred Cove MP Dean Nalder won the ballot to contest the safer seat of Bateman, while more marginal Bicton will be contested by Bateman MP Matt Taylor. His Labor opponent is City of Melville councillor Lisa O'Malley.


LIB 10.3%: Kalamunda is centred on the Darling Range suburbs of Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill, Lesmurdie, Walliston and Carmel. The electorate also includes Darlington, Glen Forrest, Parkerville, Stoneville, Mahogany Creek and parts of Mundaring north of the Helena River. It has always been a Liberal seat, but the margin for sitting Liberal MP and Health Minister Don Day is at the point on the pendulum where a uniform swing would deliver victory to Labor. The Labor candidate is Matthew Hughes.


LIB 10.4%: Joondalup covers a string of outer northern Perth suburbs including of Beldon, Mullaloo, Ocean Reef, Heathridge, Edgewater, Connolly and parts of Currambine and Joondalup. Joondalup was one of the seats retained by Labor on its defeat at the 2008 election, but lost to the Liberal Party in 2013. The recent redistribution has doubled the Liberal margin from 4.5% to an estimated 10.4%, which puts Joondalup at the point of the pendulum where a uniform swing could deliver a change of government. The Liberal MP is Jan Norberger, his Labor opponent Emily Hamilton.


LIB 10.9% v NAT: In the state's mid-north, the electorate of Geraldton covers the urban areas of Geraldton and surrounding rural areas. Geraldton has been contested at every election since the first Western Australian election in 1890, and was Labor held for all but one term between 1917 and 1991. It was lost by Labor at a 1991 by-election and looked to have permanently left the Labor orbit until the 2001 election. One Nation polled 21.0% and the Liberal first preference vote halved, delivering an unexpected victory to Labor's Shane Hill. He was re-elected in 2005 but could not overcome the one-vote one-value electoral boundaries introduced for the 2008 election. Since then Labor has slipped to third place and Geraldton was a Liberal-National contest in 2013. With the revival of Labor's vote, Geraldton may be a three-way contest in 2017. Liberal MP Ian Blayney will be opposed by Labor's Lara Dalton and the National's Agricultural Region MLC Paul Brown.

Southern River

LIB 10.9%: In the south-east suburbs of Perth, the electorate of Southern River includes a mix of newer and older suburbs, taking in parts of Canning Vale, Huntingdale, Southern River and Gosnells. Something of a swing seat at elections over the last two decades, Southern River has been held by Liberal Peter Abetz since gaining it from Labor in 2008. Abetz boosted his margin with a 15.1% swing in 2013, but the redistribution has since reduced the Liberal margin from 17.0% to 10.9%. The large swing in 2013 was in part due to Labor concentrating on defending its own seats. The campaign in Southern River will be more vigorous in 2017 as the seat sits around the point of the pendulum where Labor can achieve government. Abetz's Labor opponent is local schoolteacher and City of Gosnells councillor Terry Healy.


LIB 11.0%: Covers the outer northern Perth suburbs on the eastern side of Lake Joondalup north of Ocean Reef Road including Carramar, Tapping, Ashby, Sinagra, Wanneroo, Hocking and Pearsall. Wanneroo has been a traditional swing seat and changed hands in 2008 when won by the Liberal Party's Paul Miles. He achieved a swing of 10.2% on re-election in 2013, but is likely to face a sterner challenge in 2017. His Labor opponent is Wanneroo local councillor Sabine Winton.

Burns Beach

LIB 11.3%: The electorate of Burns Beach lies in Perth's outer north and includes the suburbs of Mindarie, Clarkson, Tamala Park, Burns Beach, Kinross, Iluka and parts of Joondalup and Currambine. It replaces the former seat of Ocean Reef, the new boundaries reducing the Liberal margin from 19.0% to an estimated 11.3%. Ocean Reef was created as a marginal Labor seat ahead of the 2008 election but was won by the Liberal Party's Albert Jacob, adding 16% to his margin with a big swing in 2013. With Labor likely to give more attention to northern Perth seats in 2017, Burns Beach will be a key seat despite its 11.3% margin. Albert Jacob will re-contest for the Liberal Party and his Labor opponent is Mark Folkard.

North West Central

NAT 11.5%: Covering a vast swathe of the state's inland and north west, the electorate of North West Central includes the Shires of Ashburton, Exmouth, Carnarvon, Shark Bay, Northampton north of the Murchison River, Upper Gascoyne, Murchison, Yalgoo, Cue, Mount Magnet, Meekatharra, Sandstone, Wiluna and Ngaanyatjarra. In the last three decades the electorates in this region of the state have undergone regular boundary and name changes and have been represented by all three major parties. Current MP Vince Catania was first elected for Labor in 2008, but defected to the National Party in July 2009 and was easily elected as a Nationals candidate in 2013. Labor slipped to third place in 2013 but the seat may revert to a traditional two-party race in 2017. Catania's opponents will be the Liberal Party's Julee Westcott, and Labor's Shane Hill, who was MP from Geraldton 2001-08. The electorate is larger in area than New South Wales and covers 32.3% of Western Australia.


NAT 11.5%: Pilbara is a vast electorate in the north of the state covering the Shire of East Pilbara, the Town of Port Hedland, and the City of Karratha. The main population centres in the electorate are Port Hedland, Newman, Dampier, Karratha, Wickham, Roebourne, Nullagine and Marble Bar. The seat was traditionally held by Labor, but in 2013 National Party Leader Brendon Grylls took the risk of abandoning his seat of Central Wheatbelt to try and win this northern seat. He won after an 18.7% swing, easily the largest swing in the state. Having resigned and now returned as Nationals Leader since the last election, Grylls is currently attracting opposition in his seat from mining interests opposed to his idea to increase legacy mining royalties. He is opposed in 2017 by Labor's Kevin Michel and Liberal Mark Alchin.


LIB 12.2%: The electorate of Bunbury includes the entire City of Bunbury local government area plus Dalyellup in the south from the Shire of Collie. Bunbury developed a reputation as the state's bellwether electorate for three decades. It was won by the party of government at every election from 1974 until won by the Liberal Party's John Castrilli as the Gallop Labor government was re-elected in 2005. Castrilli increased his margin at the 2008 and 2013 elections but will be retiring at the 2017 election. The new Liberal candidate is Ian Morison while the Labor candidate is Don Punch.


LIB 16.0%: Hillarys is a normally safe Liberal seat in Perth's northern suburbs incorporating Kallaroo, Craigie, Hillarys, Padbury and Sorrento. It is of interest in 2017 due to sitting MP Rob Johnson splitting from the Liberal Party and re-contesting as an Independent. He will be opposed by the Liberal Party's Peter Katsambanis, who is contesting Hillarys rather than his current Legislative Council seat.


NAT 16.7% v LIB: Roe replaces the southern wheatbelt electorate of Wagin, but the seat has been extended east to include Esperance and southern parts of the abolished Liberal seat of Eyre. The major centres of Roe are Narrogin, Wagin, Boddington, Lake Grace, Katanning, Kojonup, Gnowangerup, Ravensthorpe and Esperance. Wagin's National MP Terry Waldron is retiring at the 2017 election, but Eyre's Liberal MP Graham Jacobs will contest Roe. The new National candidate is Peter Rundle. Labor traditionally finishes a distant third in this seat.



ALP 0.5%: Based on Guildford and Midland in Perth's east, the electorate also includes the suburbs of Woodbridge, Viveash, Midvale, Stratton, Jane Brook, Swan View, Greenmount, Koongamia, Bellevue, Caversham, Helena Valley, Boya and parts of Hazelmere and Middle Swan. It is normally a safe Labor seat, but sitting MP Michelle Roberts came within 24 votes of defeat at the 2013 election. The Labor margin has been boosted slightly in the redistribution, and Roberts should not be at risk of defeat in 2017 given state polls suggest a significant swing to Labor. That will not stop Liberal candidate Daniel Parasiliti from trying to win Midland at his second attempt.


ALP 1.0%: The city of Albany lies on King George Sound on the south coast of Western Australia. Most of the voters in the electorate live in the urban areas of Albany, but the electorate includes all the City of Albany Council and the smaller Shire of Jerramungup. One of only four electorates to have been contested at every WA election, Albany has been held by all parties over the years but looked to have left the Labor orbit when lost to the Liberal Party in 1974. It was a surprise when former Olympic runner Peter Watson won Albany for Labor at the 2001 election, the seat recording the state's largest swing to Labor. Proving his victory was no fluke, Watson was re-elected in 2005, overcome the disadvantage of new one-vote one-value boundaries in 2008, and even increased his majority in 2017 as Labor went backward across the state in 2013. The Liberal candidate is Greg Stocks, and as in 2013 the National candidate is Robbie Sutton.


ALP 1.0%: Butler covers Perth's furthest north beachside suburbs west of Wanneroo Road and north of Hester Avenue and Quinns Road. From north to south it includes Two Rocks, Yanchep, Eglinton, Alkimos, Jindalee, Butler, Quinns Rocks, Merriwa and Ridgewood. The area has represented by Labor's John Quigley, under its former name of Mindarie from 2005 and as Butler since 2013. The seat saw an above average swing of 8.6% in 2013 but Quigley narrowly retained the seat. He should have an easier task of retaining Butler in 2017 given the expected swing to Labor, His Liberal opponent is City of Wanneroo councillor Linda Aitken.

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