Labor fills the frame

On 20/03/2019 by admin

Joel Fitzgibbon.
Nanjing Night Net

WHILE speculation continues about what the 45thAustralian Parliament might ultimately look like, the picture in Lake Macquarie is clear.

Labor has retained the local seats of Hunter and Shortland, with increased majorities, at Saturday’s federal election.

Prior to Saturday’s poll, electoral boundaries had been shifted,and voters from Morisset to Toronto and Doyalson were faced with new, albeit incumbent, Labor candidates.

On Tuesday, with votes from70 of 71 polling places counted, Joel Fitzgibbon’s decisive win in Hunter was confirmed.

Mr Fitzgibbon secured 62.75 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.Nationals candidate Ruth Rogers had secured 37.25 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

Mr Fitzgibbon said he expected Labor would do well in the Hunter, regardless of the boundary changes which saw his seat extended into the Westlakes towns of Lake Macquarie.

“[Hunter] is a different seat but [there are] strong communities of interest still, demographically not much has changed,” he said.

Labor’s former member for Charlton, Pat Conroy, made a successful transition to Shortland.

Mr Conroy claimed victory at 8.30pm on Saturday, with nearly 75 percent of the vote counted.

On Tuesday, with votes from 52 of 53 polling places counted, Mr Conroy had received 60.09 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, with Liberal candidate Jenny Barrie receiving 39.91 per cent.

Despite being a sitting member, Mr Conroy said he had to familiarise himself with an almost entirely new constituency in Shortland.

He praised the former Labor member for Shortland, Jill Hall, forproviding him with unwavering support in his campaign.

He also thanked the previous member, Peter Morris.

“Between them, they have 44 years’ experience in the seat of Shortland –and I will be drawing on it,” he said.

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