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As Australia waits for the election result to be delivered, several electorates are still in doubt
- including the volatile West Australian seat of Hasluck. The Liberal candidate is gunning to
become Australia's first indigenous member of the House of Representatives and is almost 800 votes
in front.


KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Meanwhile the count continues in a small handful of cliff-hanger
electorates, including the volatile Western Australian seat of Hasluck. The Liberal candidate Ken
Wyatt is now favoured to win the highly marginal seat and become Australia's first Indigenous
member of the House of Representatives. He's now almost 800 votes in front, but with thousands of
votes still to be counted, Labor isn't conceding defeat just yet. Danielle Parry reports from

SHARRYN JACKSON, LABOR CANDIDATE: I have been predicting for months in the seat of Hasluck that it
would be a tough fight and a close fight and would come down to the wire.

Oh, look, the indications from all over news of intelligence showed that this was going to be a
very tight seat.

IAN COOK, POLITICS, MURDOCH UNI: Given the tightness of this race and the question about who has
ended up with the most seats, this could be a seat that decides which of the two parties ends up
with the most seats.

DANIELLE PARRY, REPORTER: After months of campaigning, just a few hundred votes now separate the
Labor and Liberal candidates in the ultra-marginal Perth seat of Hasluck.

BRENDAN BARLOW, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION: At this stage we're looking at approximately
11,000 votes to count. We're still waiting on votes to come in from the interstate and overseas.
The trend is heading towards the Liberal Party, and that's coming from all types of declaration
envelopes we've looked at.

DANIELLE PARRY: The electorate was created in 2001 and named after one of Western Australia's
favourite political sons, one-time Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck. It takes in a tangle of
competing demographics.

IAN COOK: Hasluck is on the eastern edge of Perth, basically up against the hills. Midland and
Guildford are more business-type centres and there's a more sort of suburban feel in there. Between
them is a very large space of much bigger blocks, much more "treechange" people. So you've got such
a variety of voters. It's a very hard seat to campaign in.

SHARRYN JACKSON: I've tended to see it as four or five different communities rather than sort of
one common electorate and I think that's how they view it themselves. And I think with that kind of
diversity and range of people, these sorts of swings is a product of the nature of the area.

DANIELLE PARRY: The Labor incumbent Sharryn Jackson has been through cliff-hangers in Hasluck
before. The former union official first won the seat in 2001, lost it three years later and
wrestled if back again at the last election.

SHARRYN JACKSON: This is the fourth time I've contested the seat and on every occasion it's been a
very close fight. The last election in 2007, it took them three and a half weeks to declare the
seat. I certainly hope it won't be that long.

DANIELLE PARRY: A place in the history books is riding on the result for Liberal challenger Ken
Wyatt. The senior health and education bureaucrat will be the first Indigenous person to sit in the
House of Representatives if he can win the seat.

KEN WYATT, LIBERAL CANDIDATE: By breaking out of the brown glass ceiling you demonstrate that you
have skills and capacity and abilities that is commensurate with anybody else who sits in that
house of Parliament.

DANIELLE PARRY: Ken Wyatt is keen to follow in the footsteps of his nephew Ben Wyatt, who sits on
the other side of the political fence as Shadow Treasurer in the State Labor Opposition. Ken Wyatt
is surprised the federal Lower House hasn't seen an Indigenous member sooner.

KEN WYATT: I'm just in the right place at the right time with the backing of people who clearly
knew that I was Indigenous, but also saw the other qualities I had.

IAN COOK: I think it's shown an Indigenous candidate can do the job. And if you pick the right
candidate, he or she has the skills, has the ability to do the job properly, and I think all
parties should take a real strong lesson, clear lesson from this.

DANIELLE PARRY: If he wins, Ken Wyatt says he wants to influence the way politicians think about
Indigenous people and government policy.

KEN WYATT: What I want to do is see a - and I've described it as a filter of thinking around, OK,
if we move forward on this program or this initiative, how will it be inclusive of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people?

DANIELLE PARRY: Whether Ken Wyatt gets the chance to do that will depend on postal votes, many of
them cast by mine workers for whom Labor's resources tax loomed large.

IAN COOK: A good percentage of these are likely to be fly in, fly out type workers who have clear
interest in the mining industry and a sense that it's under threat due to attacks, and so, yeah, I
do think the postals will tend to go toward the Liberal Party.

KEN WYATT: On young family I was talking to said, "Look, I fly in, fly out. My finances are geared
around having continuity of work. And if the project I'm working on, it comes to an end and the new
one doesn't continue," then he said I've got a major problem with my finances.

SHARRYN JACKSON: I think there's a sentiment that Western Australia doesn't necessarily get the
recognition and credit for the contribution that it makes to the broader nation, and, you know,
I've felt that myself, and so I think it was a well-placed scare campaign.

DANIELLE PARRY: The outcome isn't looking good for Sharryn Jackson, but a definitive result won't
be known until Saturday at the earliest. Until then, the chance to be Australia's king or
queen-maker hangs in the balance.

KEN WYATT: I just want to relax, I just want to take it easy. And when the bottom line comes in,
that's when I'll either worry or rejoice.

SHARRYN JACKSON: (Laughs). I wish I had a crystal ball. You know, I have absolutely no idea how
this is going to finish. Can I say it's nice to have the nation's attention on a West Australian

KERRY O'BRIEN: I think the crystal ball is becoming a little clearer. Danielle Parry reporting from