LISA BAKER has further tightened Labor’s grip on Maylands, winning the seat with a giant 16 per cent swing.
With most of the votes counted at the time of going to print, 68.5 per cent were going to Labor after preferences and Liberals’ Amanda Madden lost 16 per cent on the primary vote.
The Greens’ Caroline Perks improved their primary vote, up about 5 per cent to 17, while Greg Smith led the pack amongst the microparties scoring 2.3 per cent of the vote for the Julie Matheson party for WA.
Ms Baker, who has held Maylands since 2008, was never in danger of losing her seat, but it’s moved from a marginal Labor seat with a 2.7 per cent margin to being a safe 18.5 per cent red-ribbon seat.
Meanwhile, Labor’s David Michael, a Stirling councillor, won the seat of Balcatta against incumbent Liberal Chris Hatton with 55.81 per cent of the vote.
Former Vincent mayor and Perth federal MP Alannah MacTiernan was elected to the Upper House.
by DAVID BELL