Colin Barnett’s Liberal-National alliance is celebrating a landslide victory in the Western Australian election, as the Labor Party begins recriminations over its “devastating” result.
At the close of counting on Saturday night, the Government was on track to win 40 of the 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly.
The ABC election computer predicts the Labor Party will finish with 19 seats, and some ALP figures are blaming the result on the unpopularity of the Gillard Government.
Premier Colin Barnett re-elected with an increased majority
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In his victory speech, Mr Barnett thanked the people of WA for their support, and congratulated his opponent Mark McGowan for what he called an energetic and competitive campaign.
“We may have achieved what seems to be a comfortable result but I assure you, it was not comfortable at all times through the election,” he said.