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with One Plus One. Thanks, Jane. Thank you. Captions by CSI Australia This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. It is 6:00pm in the West, and right across the state, polling places are closing their doors and beginning to count the votes. Hanging in the balance tonight is the fate of the Baraiolo government. Here at the we have
ABC's election centre in east Perth, we have two of the state's sharpest Michael and
politicians frchlt the Liberals running
Michael and Labour's Tim. They'll be running the numbers all night and giving you their insight and outlook. Joining them on the pabl is Jessica Strutt.
the ABC's state political reporter Jessica Strutt.Across the state from the Pilbara to Kalgoorlie, every seat will have winners and losers. The only certainty - there'll be plenty of surprises. I'll be speaking to the candidates in the seat that counts and to join us Antony Green. We have heard a lot about polls in the last couple of days. We'll -- let's see what the voters are thinkers. Now the polls are closed they open the boxes and count to votes. In the next hour we'll know what's going on - is the One Nation doing, the Liberal and Labor Party. In an hour we'll get results from seats that
marginal seats in Perth. The swing seats that will decide the election. This
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Well, we have seen it up and down the eastern states. Governments like
turfed out by voters who department like what they saw or were looking it
for a -- for a refresh. Now it seems it maybe WA's term. The Baraiolo government has been campaigning for a third term on the back of a 10-seat buffer. But if the polls are close we could see swings and potential change of government. We'll know soon enough. We start with the Labour deputy who joins me on the like from Rockingham. You would have read the ReachTEL poll in today's newspaper suggesting a little
landslide win to Labor. Is there a little bit of you are worried that Mark McGowan's
could be wrong and this could be Mark
Mark McGowan's election to lose. Mark has always said winning this election will be like climbing a wish
mountain. 10 seats so -- is a lot to wish in any single election, so we're
we're very cautious about polls and take
we're very cautious about seeing to take any votes for granted because we've been working solidly for this campaign for a number of years now and we're trying to make every post a winner.Now how do you expect the night to unfold?Well, obviously now that the booths are closed and I It's great
have to be honest that's a relief. the
It's great to get to this part of the evening. We have to sit back now and see what the early boxes are telling us. So we will know, I think, you know, later in the evening, about 8, 8:30 roughly about what Eagles going on. What I think we will see is people responding very positively to Mark McGowan's agenda for putting jobs first, not privatising Western power. It's been a clear agenda and one I think the public has been responding to very well. Finally, which seats are you of course
watching most closely tonight, aside of course from your own.I have and
always watched my seat very closely and I have had good reason to dochlt I will continue to do that and get electorate.
the endorsement of the people of my electorate. Obviously those early 10 seats that would - that are on the mend lum and a couple of others outside. I -- pendulum and a couple of others outside. I'm interested to see what's going on in Bunbury and Burns Beach as well. We have run some great campaigns across the state and Mark McGowan has done an amazing job putting together that cam paper and getting our message across. We're very excited to see what the fruits of our labour will be this evening.Thanks for joining us, all the best tonight.Thank you very much. We'll be talking to the Liberal Antony
Treasurer shortly but we'll go to Antony Green, the ABC's election analyst. What is the starting point? Where are you focusing early on? We'll start by talking about the chamber. There's been a redistribution since the last election. I'll fill in the numbers election.
that we're using as measure of this we're
election. On the new boundaries, 32,
we're saying the Liberal Party have 32, Nationals 7 and Labor 20. On form government.
those numbers you need 30 seats to form government. Labor needs 10 seats, a swing of around 10%. I think there's two elections going on in here - one in Perth and one outside. Outside Perth Labor has to hold Preston and Albany, and probably the only extra seats they north.
can win are Bunbury, maybe one up Perth. The
north. But the real action is in the
Perth. The string of seats around the outside of Perth, new houses, rapidly growing areas, where government services are an issue, seats that have blown out at the last election, the 2013 election, Colin Barnett had an easy re-election on the back of a well performing economy and unpopular Labor government. The economy isn't doing nearly as well now, a conservative government is in Canberra and they've been there for years years now. It's hard for them to blame somebody else and I think the voters are looking for someone problem.
to blame. That's the government's problem.Much to the frustration at Liberal and National HQ. We'll get the country votes earlier.Yes, small booths are quicker to count. We'll get small rural brooths first, and they're not going to be very indicative of the overall trend. Nation will
They'll give us a handle on how One Nation will do. I think we'll be waiting a while to get urban booths before we get a handle on the swing polls.Thanks.
everybody's madly reporting from the polls.Thanks. Let's hear from the director
Federal minister and former deputy director of the WA Liberal Party is here and Labor's Tim Hammond. Welcome.Thank you. Michael, what are you expecting to
tonight?It's very difficult to go to the people when you've been a good government but a very long-standing government, 8.5 years, a very solid election win in 2013. We're coming from a very high base. been talking
You see with the figures, Antony has been talking about, we have almost doubled the members of the Labor Party, the alliance partners within it's going
the house of assembly. So clearly it's going to be very difficult for us to maintain that level of representation. The question is if there is a swing against the government how far that sense
swing goes. And we're going to get a sense of that once we start to get the numbers in. Tim, your prediction for the etching.Good evening, James, Jess, Michael, all the viewers. As Roger mentioned the context of landing government for Mark McGowan needs to be looked at in relation to what occurred for Labor Oppositions in years gone past. When you look at that, you get a sense of why Mark describes it as a mountain to claim. 1983, when Burke Burke swept to power from option, about a 7.2%. 2001,
When you look at Geoff Gallop in 2001, when we did benefit at that preferences
stage from One Nation sending their preferences way from sitting members, that was in the range of 8.2%. So here to land those 10 seats significant
for 10% is really going to be a significant step forward. Getting around the booths today, I don't think there's any real dispute that the appetite is there for a change. The question that's going to keep us on the edge of our seat tonight is whether we get the 10 seats and hopefully if not that a few more as well.Jess, you've been on the campaign since the very beginning. What are the issues that have defined it for you.I think the campaign itself has been dominated by the Liberal's decision to do a preference deem with One Nation. I think many would agree that to an extent derailed Colin Barnett's election campaign. He's struggling to keep on message and get the clear air that's so vital in a campaign. I think that did dominate. The issue issues,
to matters to voters are hip pocket issues, and I think that's the state of the economy. We have record debt and deficit, highest unemployment not last nation. We went to the last election with the best unemployment are
figures, this is the worst. People household bills.
are worried about their jobs and that's what
household bills. Think for them economy
that's what counts.That is the concerns.
economy always at the top of voters' described
concerns. This election as Jess just described has been no different. Sunil Narine has controlled the state's -- Mike Nahan has controlled the state's purse strings. Are you place and bracing for Opposition finding a
here or do you hold a hope of finding a way back to government? No, we metre giving up but we know it's a third term is always devil. Through a soft economy. We're definitely going to lose some but the real question is who's best to lead the state into growth in the future, that's the essence issue, and it does come to hit pocket issues but the real issue is who's put together
going to lead to growth and jobs. We put together a really good plan out there, and a real detailed plan particularly in the fiscal policy that reduces debt to $28.8 billion and leads us back to a surplus. We have also put a very positive approach to this rather than a negative one. We're hopeful. We're going Lose some, but I have spent - I have gone off on news for the last two days, spent it in my electorate and it's quite positive actually. Now, how much responsibility falls on the government for the economic performance of the date sa -- state over to past four years.Let's go back over the AIG years we have seen the largest growth of any economy in the Australian history, 40% increase in the GDP, 500,000 people moving to Western Australia and making a Western Australia home in the last eight years. 30% average household income, I'd stack that up against no
anything. It has slowed since then, not
no doubt about that, unemployment is nation,
not the highest in the fashion and nation, that's a furphy. It's about around if
middle of the pack. And you can see around if you look not just green shoots in the brown but real brown shoots, the economy is in recovery. significantly.
But people have adjusted investment phase
significantly. We have gone from the investment phase to the production employment particularly
phase and a sharp drop off in the employment particularly in the iron ore industry, and households are doing it tough out there. But, the question is, who is best to lead us program,
forward? And we put forward a program, I think a very positive it.
one, and I hope the public accept What are the features of the campaign and the politicking of this Werner-Gibbings.
was the privatisation of Do you
Werner-Gibbings. -- Western power. impact tonight?
Do you think that will have an impact tonight?The unions have come into this and spent millions and dishonest.
millions of dollars, one of the most dishonest. Well, similar to what they did in Queensland and New South Wales. We expected that. And basically, if - isn't privatised or Labor has
partially sale, like Labour and Labor has committed to, you notice high, and
under Labor they say the debt is high, and it is, but it will continue to grow under Labor. Under us it will be cut by more than a third. Mike Nahan, thank you.Thank you. We didn't expect to be perhaps going to this so soon, but let's cross to Antony with early results.Yes, some sensational results. There are 10 votes for the Labor candidate, six for the Liberal. Are you prepared to call it?Let's have a look. There is a 9.7%. This is the nursing home booth. So it's not very significant. But - I'm because
always pleased to get first results because it means the numbers are coming to us. But, no, I wouldn't call it on the nursing home booth in Girrawheen. OK. Gentlemen, on the issue of the economy, do you think that people are on
can differentiate between how things are on the ground and how the politics of it has led to that or, Michael, is it just that the economy is bad, it is the government at in
fault.Well, I mean, what's happened in Australia - Western Australia is we had really a once in a General ration quite extraordinary boom. That brought with it -- generation quiet extraordinary boom. That brought with it significant economies. That was as a result of investment in the mining industry. It's moved from the investment stage to the production stage and that's economy which,
resulted in some changes in the economy which, of course, have led to a slow down from what was an clearly
extraordinarily great height. And clearly that's been difficult, particularly in Western Australia for the past two years. I think it's rather unfortunate the election's been held at this minute because I think we're seeing some green shoots. I think we'll look back and difficult year
va 2016 was probably the most that
difficult year for that slowdown Australia. And
that we have had in Western Australia. And already I'm getting some feedback, and there's some indicators to say, that things will be better in 2017. So, these hip pocket issues are always very important. The fact you've boef heard parties talking about jobs is very significant because that shows you that people have been concerned about their employment prospects, concerned about losing their jobs because obviously the themes that to them
both major parties pick up are told to them through the polls. So clearly it's been a challenge. I think Colin Barnett's managed the the
situation and Mike Nahan has managed preparing
the situation very well. In terms of going
preparing the state for what was going to be an inevitable slowdown but it's a difficult time for a government to have gone to the polls. One of the issues that was repeated in the and the phrase repeated throughout the campaign was debt and deficit. Do you think, Tim, that out
strikes a chord with average people out in the electorate?I think it does to the extent of where West point,
Australians see themselves at this point, James. Michael's talking before about, I think, justifying our unemployment figures in the context of there's some room between what's happening in the country. I about
don't think west Australians think about that, think think it's happening to them. I think there's considerable sophistication out there of the voters who joins the says, we
dots on these things. As Michael says, we have all sat through eight years of a Coalition government or a Liberal government with a once in a a
generation mining boom. Now we have a lot of Western Australians, # 0,000, who are unemployed -- 90,000 unemployed and thousands more underemployed asking what was in it for them. So debt and deficit in much,
their own, I guess, way don't mean much, but when West Australians don't have that consumer confidence and
and they're worried about their jobs about
and they see these figure it's os about how far these numbers have home and
blown out, I do think it strikes home and I do also think it feeds into that pervaisive sense at ta time in
moment of it being a bit of an it's where I
time in our electoral cycle. That's where I think it fits together. Jess, what was the focus like on the economy, transport was a big issue, the economy was probably the other big issue. How did it balance out in the campaign?I think jobs, jobs, jobs was a big focus for both political parties. I think - I heard early on that the focus groups and issue
polling were showing that was a key reflected in
issue for voters and that is run.
reflected in the how the campaign is tried
run. I think both sides definitely that's where
tried to get that message across, that's where their focus was, they were focused on fixing the economy, making sure unemployment didn't get any higher, that they did want to continue to deliver but we are in rein in
hard times and they would have to rein in spending but it was at times Liberals
for both sides but particularly this Liberals very difficult I think to get that message out because of other e term factors.We'll talk about those in a moment. Later Opposition
tonight the Premier Colin Barnett o Opposition Leader McGowan will apress their optative -- respective with
party supporters later in the even with our reporters at the places. preparations
Emily, describe the nature of the preparations at the Liberal catch? For the last hour or so Liberal Party volunteers have been putting the final decorative touches up for club.
the event here at cot less low golf club. They're expecting about 200 people, although satisfy say they results.
could change depending on the results. There are blue and white balloons everywhere. You maybe able to see behind me the podium where the Premier will address the crowd. are
There's no sign of the crowd - there are more media than campaign workers but they say volunteers from the polling stations are due to arrive in the next hour.Centre you had a chance to talk to some early arrivals, I can see them in the background, very keen, any chance to talk to them?Very few people have arrived. I did this afternoon to a number of Liberal Party volunteers at two polling places within the number of
premier's electorate and they said a number of Liberal voters had come up to them and expressed strong disaprivate about the party's preference deal with One Nation. I also managed to speak to one staffer from the premier's office who is here. They their say it doesn't pan predicted.
out the way the polls have de -- predicted.Andrew is at ALPHQ. What is the mood like there, Andrew?It's not certain. I think the Labor good
staffers believe they ran a very good campaign. They're confident they got their message across to the how
electorate. They're waiting to see how that plays out. They're aware expect
they need those 10 seats. They're expect ak swing away from the government but it's contingent on where the swing falls. The food the
mirrors what I have seen opt road the last couple of weeks. A week ago I would have said Labor were jumpy -- jumpy. Thought they were in front talking
but not sure. He stuck to his talking points. Later in the week he was more expansive and today he was considered himself
relaxed, smiling, like a man who considered himself ready to govern. You've been covering this campaign alongside Jess for ABC News. How would you characterise the contest between the parties?#i9 seems Labor got the jump opt government early in the campaign and never relinquished that lead. Over Christmas when Colin Barnett was on holidays Labor started. They did a 59-seat blitz seemed
across the state, something that seemed gimmicky at the time but it seemed to deliver to them the the campaign.
momentum they did not give up during where
the campaign. They set up a rhythm announcements, the
where they were making announcements, the government was down.
responding and trying to tear them Liberals
down. In contrast it seemed the Liberals never really found their focus and never really found their rhythm. They said this was an election about the jobs and the economy but as recently as this week when the government was expected to its
be attacking Labor very hard over the premier
its costings and its financial plan, the premier was talking about about
statues at the stadium, talking about sleep programs for children and on Friday talking about naming rights for the stadium temperature attacks
premier also Haddad to content with attacks from the option, continuously, about his financial record, debt and deficit. A heavy campaign on the privatisation of Western Power. And there was a the -- the massive distraction of the One Nation preference deal. At press conference after one another he had think
to explain that, all of which I campaign.
think sucked oxygen from the Thank you -- thank you both. Nation deem?
Michael, how distracting was the One Nation deem?I think it was an obsession of the media. It wasn't fed back to me today on the boos, for example. I don't believe why we wouldn't look at One Nation like we party.
do efficient write other political party. They have four Senates -- senators in the Senate and we need to talk to them to get the would
legislative program through. It would be normal - parties do interests.
preference deals in their own interests. That's the point. It's perfectly normal a political party will look around, take the political what
temperature and make decisions about what is going on in their interests in terms of preference flees I have never understood why we look at One Nation different from the Greens who have wacky policies for Australia which would be very destructive if and
they were ever able to implement it and other Mike yoe parties who have policies we wouldn't agree with but it doesn't mean we wouldn't do a deal with them if we thought it need. as having
Would of you not characterise them as having a different flavour than the other parties, One Nation?No, I don't. I think there's all sorts of parties
- rather random and crazy political parties that have - there's a party that's
running in this election campaign that's about having fluoride in the water, for example.Yes, fluoride Nation the
free.With we should deal with One Nation the same we do anyone else. I don't think they have the answers in future.
-- answers in terms of Australia's future. Other political parties I don't think have the answers either. Doing a preference deal is not an endorsement of that party, it's about where your interests lie. Political parties have been doing this for time in memorial. Was it about maths as Colin Barnett was doing?If only it was. I think it's to the contrary, after you get think
a sense of what's on the ground. I which
think there were 2-day and ways in which this plefrness deal unl ravelled for Colin Barnett. The first in many ways was as a result herself and
as a result of pew lean, the leader herself and their -- Pauline and the leader -- the leader herself, and the candidate selection. People who say the marriage the marriage equality is putting -- getting play is because of Nazi mind techniques. Vladimir
This week Pauline was backing in Vladimir Putin and - or perhaps giving credence to an anti-vaccination campaign. I think the way in which she has managed that campaign, whether Colin likes it or not, tarred him with a brush. The other thing that was interesting about One Nation, it won't surprise me if we see their primary vote going backwards a bit. I think - superofficial attraction to One Nation is this kind of Trumpish notion of being anti-establishment. I think - Pauline might have said voters see
this today. The reality is once the voters see a deal done like this Liberal
with a traditional party like the Liberal Party it takes all the sting out of the anti-establishment sort of tale. So I think - you know, I mean, might prove me wrong, but I backfired for
think -- I think this may have backfired for a number of reasons. The other interesting thing about One Nation voters is perhaps they don't like to be told who they should preference. Polls suggested they
some were split 50-50 on whether Labor.
they would preference Liberals or of that.
Labor.Political parties are aware of that. Just because you do a deal or have an arrangement who party will
preferences you, it doesn't mean the party will be able to discipline the way their votes go. You take that into account when you make these any One
decisions. Certainly I didn't see any One Nation people on any of the booths I visited today, I didn't see any of their propaganda. There were other minor parties represented. Even if they don't have people on in
the booths they might have gone out in the morning and put out their how to votes, for example. I didn't see any evidence of that - I was in my tell
electorate of sturling. Time will tell -- Stirling. Time will tell strategy.
whether it's been an effective strategy. But in the future I think the Liberal Party and Labour will continue to look at One Nation in arrangements.
terms of doing preference arrangements. We will look at what's in our interests given what ee -- we're fighting on. There's no reason we'd treat Pauline Hanson and One Nation differently than anyone else. Nation is
The curious thing about the One Nation is the head of WA -- One Nation in WA suggested the deal may help them gain control of the upper stop
house which would enable them to stop the privatisation that Labor - that the Liberal Party had really banked on during this election.Yes, sale
because Colin Barnett's proposed 51% sale of western Power is a major course
plank of their election campaign. Of which
course that requires legislation endorsement of
which means you'd need to get the endorsement of the upper house. If this deal were to hand One Nation the balance of power in the upper house, that's the prediction, and then Colin Barnett is returned as the polls may not be saying but it's a possibility, then that key plank water.
of the campaign would be dead in the One Nation is expected to poll Western
particularly well out in regional Western Australia and the earliest results will most likely come from those smaller regional booths where the Nationals traditionally do well. Brendon Grylls is in the Pilbara and an ABC reporter is there. How are you reading the Nationals prospects in nose electorates like Pilbara, north-west central and Kalgoorlie. of
Well, those seats are the heartland of the mining industry in WA and have bore the brunt of the end to the mining boom and economic the
downturn. The seat of Kalgoorlie at the last election was won with a retiring.
margin of 3.2% and the sitting MP is retiring. In the north-west was won by a member of the Labor Party. Here the
in ka regard that, Brendon Grylls is he's faced
the local member. He is popular but he's faced a multimillion-dollar campaign against him from the mining his
industry and the mining lobby over his massive tax hike. He's -- that will come into play as to whether he holds this seat or not. You're in Brendon Grylls' home turf. the Nationals
Do you what his ambitions are for Australia
the Nationals across Western Australia tonight?First and foremost I imagine he reel be hoping retain
to hang on to his own seat and National
retain the leadership of the National Party. Beyond that I think they're hoping to have the numbers impact on
where they will have a significant impact on the next term of office N
government whichever party takes office N 2008 he was the kingmaker, Liberals
it was his support that led to the campaign
Liberals taking power. But in this campaign he's been very much independent party,
stressing that the Nationals are an independent party, they're not the traditionally has
junior partner of the Liberals as traditionally has been the case. He'll be hoping they can have an impact on the next government whoever does take office. have drawn
Those fine -- regional electorates have drawn the attention of One Nation. Have you seen any impact of have talked
their campaigning in the people you have talked to?One Nation does seem discontent
to have been tapping into the discontent about the downturn in the economy. Pauline Hanson was the
campaigning here only last week N metre
the polls are to be believed they metre going to have to impact even thought they would. And there's the preference deal between One Nation and Liberals which Brendon Grylls will increase the National Party conservative vote
vote. The issue there is the ways
conservative vote is split three ways and that that -- and that could open the door for the Labor to -- Labor Party to take seats like Kalgoorlie which they have traditionally hell. Thank you. -- held. Thank you. We heard the results of the nursing home booths. Can't wait with
to see what the next ones will be with Antony Green.We have something at
from central wheatbelt. If we look at the seat around here. The percentage of votes, quite small. Look at the change in vote. 234 is an overall figure compared to last booths.
time. I have some comparisons of booths. The National Party is only down slightly, One Nation are 10.9%. That's an interesting first figure. Got the latest rogues from Roe. Let them
me look there. No, it hasn't got them on the graphics computer. We're starting to get the first figures. OK. Gentlemen, are you getting any people
sense of what's happening from your people at all at this stage or too early tore say?Not yet. I did get a text saying my hair looks very great on TV. We're waiting for anything more substantial. Something very brave.No comments about any hair yet. But I have been told - I don't have numbers but I'm getting through that there have been some promising early resulting for John Kerry in Perth. We will head now, staying in the regions but moving to the south of in
the state, our reporter is in -- is in Albany, Labor's most marginal electorate. One of several 3 hrn cornered contests. It must have made for an interesting election campaign.Good evening. Well, it has notionally
been an interesting campaign because notionally this is a marginal seat. But Peter Watson has an incredibly strong following in this town. What appearance
has really changed for him is the and the
appearance of a One Nation candidate and the expansion of the seat to the east which included other areas. For population
the first time they've got a rural population who he's had to pitch at. It's proven a very interesting campaign. He's certainly run on the strengths of the fact he's been in for four terms, is going for the fifth term, and with Labor's movement moving behind him, they're hoping they're going to do well tonight.In those smaller communities like Albany, personal profile seems to be so important out there. Who do you think has the measure of the other?Well, let me front
show you something here, James. The front page of the local newspaper, they absolutely nailed their colours stronger
to the mast. Nothing could be stronger than having the local rag get behind you, and this is has
certainly reflected what it is that has been really his strength in in Nationals
community. I think that although the Nationals could give him bit of a push, at the moment Peter's I think - sports bet $1. 07 and Nationals were at $1 million. I think that might be a clear indication. Thank you.

Foreign Correspondent is back for another year, and I'm just back from the Amazon. We got an incredible tale for you, a real wake-up call for all young Australians and their parents. And of course, it's on iview. For now, stay with us, you're watching WA Votes. Here we are looking at pictures of the Legislative Assembly of WA government. The Black Swan is, the state bird of WA adorning the floor. This is the prize, 59 seats, 30 needed to govern in one party's own right. And on the minds of everybody involved in tonight's proceedings. It's 6:31 and you're watching WA votes. A few early results.The Roe figures got to my computer. Graham Jacobs ahead. This is an electorate that combined Esperance, that used to be in Graham Jacobs's electorate of Eyre, and now there's a new National Party candidate. And we got some very early figures for Nedlands. Which is, come on, Nedlands, there we go. Very small numbers. The Liberal Party vote is well ahead. The Greens are coming second. I haven't got which polling place this is. Obviously a very small one.And those regional candidates, a lot of what I would call, maybe hero candidates out there, in Albany?They don't call him the flying postman for nothing. He has that sort of profile coming into the a seats at a sitting member, that caused a lot of warmth in the community. He seems to fight that tide, time and time again, in elections that didn't go so well for us. He really is one of those candidates who is incredibly well liked before becoming a member of Parliament, and his role as a community leader has consolidated. That is a quick 1,500m runner, I'm told. So he's used to running and running well.So hard for someone to come in and knock off a local like that? Even if they're a local themselves.We have a good local candidate, Greg Stocks. Peter Watson has surprised us. And this election, we're looking at where this is a Labor-held seat, it's difficult to move along an effective local member like that.One of the seats that both parties will be anxious to claim is Collie-Preston. 4 years ago, Mick Murray scraped over the line about just 56 votes. But a redistrict gives the starting point to the Liberal Party. Our reporter is in Collie and has been following the candidates on the ground. What are the issues in the minds of the voters in Collie-Preston?Well, I'm here in Collie, which is of course in the centre of Collie-Preston. Now this is known as coal town, the local town, rather, very much relies on those industries and that industry has been hit quite hard in repeat years with a number of job losses and a couple significant pay cuts for workers as well. The feeling is amongst the people in the coal industry is they would have liked to have seen the Liberal-National government do a little more to assist during the tough times. The vitality of the town does depend on the success of those industries. If the coal mines catch a cold, then Collie sneezes. There's some feeling of dissatisfaction with the government in not basic stepping in to help them with their woes. In privatisation of Western Power is another issue, which is playing on the minds of the voters here. Some people said they were concerned the privatisation could lead to increased electricity prices, when they're already struggling financially, and any potential flow-on effects to the coal mining industry. The electorate of Collie-Preston does have quite a diverse demographic. There's a number of farming towns, like Donny brook. And one of the issues that a lot of land holders have been concerned with is the fact that the Liberal-National government doesn't support land holders having the right to veto gas exploration companies. There's a number of leases in the south-west and there were some concern that there was nothing they could do to stop a mining company coming into their backyard and looking for gas. When the Labor Party came out and announced that they would ban fracking, which is one of the key issues that a lot of those land holders were concerned would eventually happen, that announcement was very well received by a lot of people in the community there. Now, the Liberal candidate, Elysia Harverson, she has had quite a significant announcement with Colin Barnett here, announcing that the Liberal Party would set up the rural fire service here in Collie, certainly a very positive thing for people here in Collie and she was one of only candidates to receive some help campaigning from the federal foreign minister, Julie Bishop.Thank you. Now, we are going to have a look at a few more results trickling in, Antony Green.The electorate of Baldivis... Now, this is, there's a new polling place on the edge of the electorate and some nurses homes. At the moment, the Australian Christians are coming second and third, and Whitby is on 32.8%. This is a school right on the edge of Rockingham. This is a very early set of figures but clearly there's some support for the Australian Christian candidate there, but more numbers to come. The next electorate is Kalgoorlie. The Labor Party is on 25. This is from lenster. Very far to the north. These are the numbers of get early in the night, not much to make a prediction on.As Antony mentions there, as Roxanne mentioned, a fracking announcement was welcomed in Collie-Preston. One thing that may not have been welcomed as Labor Party's renewable energy policy.There was focus on it down in Collie, because of the fact it's such a closely fought seat. She mentioned as well the Liberals have announced they would set up the regional fire service down there, and Labor expressed they too would back that idea. So clearly, there were many visits down there by both leaders and both were keen to woo them with great announcements to woo the vote.Renewable energy, policy, Tim, a bit of a concern for Mick Murray down there in Collie-Preston? I don't think so, for a number of reasons. I think that Mark got the politics on Western Power pretty much right. It confirms my instinct in relation to that, in securing in the minds of the public the confidence we have in backing in the coal fired power station down there. And I think the way in which the Renewable Energy Target issue was managed throughout the campaign Wasikowska pretty good. Bill Johnson held the line in which he said about 50% renewables, always a federal Labor target. When you put on that, if you thought that Peter Watson was tenacious in terms of holding his seat, he doesn't have a patch on Mick Murray. He started a tilt in 1993, lost, and then held the seat, despite unfavourable redistributions all the way through. When I think about Mick Murray, I think about Rocky movies. When you think he's done, he manages to get out again, like last time, by 56 votes. When you put those things together, we may not get that result tonight, if I'm going to back anyone, it's Mick Murray.How do you rate the chances of your candidate in that seat?It goes to the heart of what we're talking about with the whole campaign, and Labor having to win 10 seats, but realistically, they hold both Collie-Preston and West Swan, they hold them both with incumbent members who are good members. They are in the better part of the Labor field in terms of their ability to use...They will be very pleased to hear that.I'm prepared to pay that. Both the incumbent members there are good members. When it's a difficult campaign to the Liberal Party, when we come to the people saying we would like to govern for a third time, after 8 and a half years, those seats with good Labor incumbents are difficult for us to pick up I was out with our candidate in West Swan, Rod Henderson, looking at the flood damage in the swan Valley. Very good local roots but a very difficult job to win a seat like that in this climate. And the same goes for our candidates in Collie-Preston as well.Now, there have been a few tentative steps into electronic voting, but votes are cast using the age-old technology of paper and pencil. Each and every vote is counted by hand. We're at a polling place at willington senior high school. Well done. Electoral Commission staff hard at work there. Talk us through the process?I'm here at your old stomping ground, willington senior high school. This is one of 1100 voting centres across the state. Counting is well under way. That meticulous task of going through the ballot papers. Each candidate is invited to appoint one or more scrutinyeer for the -- scrutineer for the process. They're making sure that nothing is doubled up or missed. We are being kept back so we don't interfere too much. Dealing with this many hard copy papers is a pretty arduous task. There sms moves towards electronic voting in WA for the first time this year, with people with disabilities able to to register to cast their vote via the internet. The system was used in the last two New South Wales state elections and many hope it does signal a move towards internet voting for everyone.The first time that some of those people had a truly secret ballot. Any moves by the WAEC to extend any of this online voting?The commission says it will extend the system to include people in remote areas, but some time before we can all vote from the comfort of our own home. That prospect raises some concerns, given the epic failure we saw with the 2016 online census. Still some work to be done there. One more fun fact - some voters may have noticed they graduated towards using their pens. It wasn't an across the board change, but pens were permitted this year, to combat the perception that ballots could be tampered with. Now, online voting, or electronic voting, let's look at that. How do you feel about that? Is that inevitable as time marches on?That remains to be seen. There's a lot of new technology. How we can use that in a federal or state election is a big question mark. Certainly in terms of the sorts of things that you would need to do to ensure that whoever is voting is the person who they're claiming to be. So look, I think we're a long way from change in the way we go down to the local school and cast our ballots.And Tim Hammond, we saw some of the problems with the old fashioned pen and paper in WA during the federal election a few years ago.Perhaps it was the pen or paper, or the transportation, but again, just going back to the electronic voting, I think in many ways, much of that is going to be predicated on the extent the electronic vote has the confidence of the community. We suffered a significant setback in relation to that as far as the census was concerned. We really saw a lack of confidence from the community for lodging what what is an otherwise important piece of paper online, as a result of how the census debacle continued rocketing along. We need to make up a lot of ground before we can instil that level of confidence in the community, get it over the line.Another issue, Antony Green, is the electronic voting, rather than online voting. Is that something we could see rolled out?I think we will see electronic voting arrive first. Absent votes are conducted over 2 to 3 weeks. It doesn't have to be connected to the internet. It can be made secure. It should be limited to the overseas and the blind or sight limited. But electronic voting will slowly come for pre-poll votes. It won't arrive for on the day voting. It's already difficult for people to turn up and set up all the booths and the like, to set up computer networks as well is highly unlikely to. Only way that electronic voting can be used for everybody is if you held the election over a week.While we have you, we have a few more early results trickling in? Can you take us to those?If you can give me 30 seconds...I can, of course. Do you think, Tim Hammond, do you think that 2016 census issue was such a confidence knock, given that as far as I understand it, it was more of an issue with access, rather than some kind of hacking or security element to it?I think what really matters is what was perceived to be the problem on the ground. And I don't think we can package it up in one parcel to say this was the issue with the census. It wasn't made clear to the community that they had a week to do it, as opposed to doing it all on the one night. There was the fact that the software clearly wasn't able to cope with the traffic and then the concern that community members already had that their data wasn't safe, only to be told through various means and outlets, there was a real risk of a hack. It gets back to what I was saying before, we can put in place all these really impressive ways of going to electronic voting, but unless you can bring the community with you we may do ourselves a disservice. Let's... This is Mark McGowan's own seat of Rockingham. Very small numbers. But from an area of his electorate where he is very popular. He is well ahead in that. Kalgoorlie, this is the smaller remote communities. The Labor vote is strong there. On the two-party preferred swing, there's a swing to Labor, but this is a seat that finished Liberal last time. This is going to be depend on the order the candidates finish, at this stage, we want to see all thical goorl -- Kalgoorlie booths. This is the special institution booth. This is nurses homes and the like. I just a look at the state-wide figures. 31% for Labor, 9 for the Greens and 9.8 for One Nation. At the moment, loss of support for the Liberal Party, and the Labor and One Nation are up. A lot of this is from the country. That is why the One Nation vote is high. But on the figures tilted towards the country, the...I've just been told, and I'm hoping you can make some sense of this cryptic note I've been given, the ABC has been denied access to the One Nation function.I can't help you with that.Does that mean anything to you, Jess?It doesn't mean anything to me. I didn't get invited.My understanding was her function was being held at a bowling club in Dean Nalder's electorate. That is where she was supposed to be tonight. If that's the same function we're talking about.Probably get a few more details on that. Now, anything from those early results?Going back to the neck of the woods that Antony was talking about, I'm getting a primary school booth in Kwinana, a primary swing to the ALP, and Victoria Park showing a good swing as well. Both of those just coming in.Michael Keenan, any early...? Both of those seats that Tim is talking about is Labor heartland seats. It won't mean much in terms of the result. Still very early and there's nothing much that I can update the panel on at the moment. One area is isn't Labor heartland, although it was, back to Perth, I'm being told that scrutineers are reporting results of 11% and a Liberal swing backwards of 13%. Jess, moving back to the One Nation element, any sense of any hostility during the campaign or any sense of a problem with the media from the One Nation?In terms of dealing with Pauline Hanson, I interviewed her 3 times. She was here 3 times during the campaign, also a little bit during the unofficial campaign. I didn't feel any hostility myself. There was some chatter about the ABC being banned from certain events but it all amounted to nothing. It's easy to hear about the threats in the heat of the campaign. Certainly, myself, I didn't have any problems. There is always a bit of rough and tumble on the election campaign and we're all pretty thick skinned.I'm just hearing early results, as a result of the potential closure. One Nation party, they're making their way to the Liberal Party. Come on. Nothing, Michael, nothing?As I said, the deal that we have done with they will is not an -- with them is not an endorsement of One Nation. It's an issue the media is terribly interested in.Did you think it was at all reflected in the polls we saw overnight, the drop in support for One Nation, the rise for ALP?I don't know. We'll see how things play out. We got very early results from some random seats around the country. We just don't know. Clearly, I think the more scrutiny that One Nation is subjected to, the more livelihood -- likelihood people think, do they have the answers? The answer for that is no. They're really just a protest party.Jess?I didn't get any sense the media scrutiny of One Nation and the preference deal was unfair. The fact the deal was unprecedented and broke with tradition, you had a party doing an alliance deal with another party is isn't in an alliance government with them, the Nationals and the Liberals have been in a partnership government since 2008. It was quite unprecedented. A lot of Nationals themselves were quite surprised about the deal. I didn't feel the scrutiny was over and above what you would expect from journalists on the campaign. A lot of it came as well from the fact it can't just the deal, the controversial comments that came and the actions of some of the candidates that One Nation put forward and the Premier felt he was having to defend the actions of a minor party's candidates which he felt was unfair. But unfortunately, that goes with the nature of the deal.Yeah, I doipt think that's right at all. It's not unprecedented at all. The National Party has preferenced over parties over the Liberal Party in elections gone by. We don't have a proper coalition agreement. I mean, Mark McGowan wasn't asked to account for some of the crazy things that Greens candidates believe in, breaking the America alliance, legalising drugs. Sometimes in politics you find the media are particularly interested in certain issues. That doesn't always translate to what people are interested in. I don't recall getting any feedback about it, in the email during the campaign or going about today.We may see how that plays out later on. But let's have a look at some of the very, very early figures that we have got. Jess?To the Central Wheatbelt, a seat held by the Nationals since 2013.We have a 16% count here now. The Liberal vote is quite, down well, quite substantially, compared to One Nation. The National vote has held up on all the polling places we got so far in Central Wheatbelt. The National vote is holding up, the Liberal vote seems to be suffering from One Nation. At this stage, we I think that Mia Davies is well on the way to winning that seat. The Liberal is sitting in fourth position.So Geraldton, held by the Liberals. Ian Blayney facing a battle.And there's also Lara Dalton, the Labor candidate. She's a lecturer in hospital city. It's always interesting to know whether the Labor Party would move into that position. We have gone past that graphic a bit too quickly. That's not a two-party preferred. The point there is that Labor is in second place. There's a lot more counting to come in that electorate. That's a seat we'll be coming back to. And Swan Hills, held by Frank Alban for the Liberals since 2008. This is the first significant figure. This is

When we look at the swing in that polling place compared to last time, the swing is 13.5%. That's the first indicator booth, and on that one booth, we think that Jessica Shaw is well ahead. That is the first significant result we have seen so far. And now to the northern areas. To Carine. A very safe electorate, up against Labor's Andrew Owens. The major party have got the largest slice of the vote, more than 80% of the vote. We know where the polling places are from. We have an estimate of the prmps, a swing -- preferences, it's a swing of 9%.And now to the country seat of Kalgoorlie. Wendy Duncan retiring for the Nationals.We just need to wait on the first preference votes on this graphic. Labor is leading. The Nationals are in second place. The Liberals in third, and One Nation in fourth. The question is whether One Nation's preferences to the Liberal Party would put them ahead of Tony Crook. If that gap widens, the Nationals would win. We are showing an 8% swing to the Liberals. That two-party preferred is not very meaningful. This is question of whether it's Labor versus someone else on those numbers. You need a lot more counting in a seat like Kalgoorlie. And that is one of the, must be the hardest seat to run out of, in Kalgoorlie, the third election in a row, there's a member retiring.It will run its own race. The results we get in other parts of the state won't be reflected in the results from Kalgoorlie. When we lost government in 2001, we won that seat with Matt Burnie.The early results from inner city booths.I do, the inner city and a couple of bell weatherers. Wanneroo, 1500 early votes were counted. Putting a 15% swing to Labor, Southern River, another bellwether, Terry Healy with a strong campaign. An 18.5% swing to Labor, and also swings in Belmont, and Morley, for some early counting as well. 9.6% in Morley and up to 7.6% in Belmont. A couple of seats that sit within the range that we need to claw in, with that 1% to 8%, to give us a chance of getting that magic 10.A few more results from the northern seats. Let's take a look at that.We're going to get out to Balcatta, currently held by Chris Hatton.Just give me a second, I will look at them. Only 0.5% counted. Not much meaningful there. I don't think, we'll just run through this.Antony, should we go back to the touch screen?I have more important figures to talk about. If we look at, I think, I got my seat rin loaded, this is Collie-Preston, down towards Bunbury, and the Labor Party, Mick Murray... The swing in that booth is 19%. That is not Collie, that's down towards Bunbury. The next electorate is Perth. This is in west Perth, which is why the Liberal Party vote is so high. This is the more Liberal end of the electorate. It's 13% to Labor. So we're now starting to get some of those figures come through. That's interesting to see.Does that sort of match up with your indications there?It does. Also some new figures in for Balcatta, seeing a swing to Labor, and David Michael, he went hard on the ground, a local councillor, well known for years, at about 8.9%, taking it up to a 42.2% primary. Early indications, Michael?Tim seems to some more up-to-date figures on Balcatta. The ones I have are not so bleak. Chris had a tremendously good local member, which I worked very closely with. If anyone can pull that off, he can. But those figures, if what Tim is saying is correct, are concerning. Those booths were very tough for us in the federal election. We lost a bit of paint in what would be the state seat of Balcatta, we maintained our margin in the federal seat of Stirling. It's an area that swings quite heavily.One that may also is some southern seats. We'll take a look at those, starting very, very south, with Vasse.That's right. It Troy Buswell's old seat. That by-election held after Troy Buswell resigned. This is one of the smaller fields in the election. Let's just leave that there. The Liberals will win the seat on those numbers. But there's quite a divide. The Liberals would win that election, bus the National preferences would flow heavily towards the Liberals but there's still a 7.6% swing. Big vote for the Greens. Now to Mandurah. Obviously that's been held while.Yes.
by David Temple man since 2001. A while.Yes. This used to be a marginal seat but David has made it first bid,
safe, very strong figures on the first bid, and the Liberals did have to replace their candidate late in the campaign. When we look at the 2-party preferred swing that's occurring on the polling places we Labor.
have, there's a swing of 5.7% to Labor. The seat becomes safer for the Labor Party.Jandakot, a seat there's been a lot of speculation the Liberals might struggle in. They shouldn't because it's held by the got
Minister Joe Francis and should have got help with the redistribution. Quite a swing here. The Liberals are place
on - can't tell you what polling place this is - banksia park and forest deal, which is 43.4 for Liberal, 33 for Labor. When we factor where the polling results are not
from, we're seeing a swing of 13.5%, but
not enough to turn around Jandakot but that's the sort of swing the polls have been indicating could occur and we're seeing that. That's with my preference stills. We haven't got preference counts. Kwinana, in Perth's southern suburbs, held by Roger Cook for labour.The last two elections he's had a battle against Carol Adams. On doesn't
these numbers they don't -- he doesn't have anything like that few
problem. They'd -- I'd want to see a few more results before saying the Liberals have slipped to fourth. But it's 7.2% swing to Labour. Can you explain, please, the bottom of frame strap we peel see updated throughout the evening.As we get results in, if we're skft -- confident we have can call a seat, heavily
it's given away. The seats are heavily biased in the statistical sense. There are a lot of figures from country areas and there's a much higher vote in the country at this stage. We think we've given 7 to the Liberal Party, four to the but
Nationals and 9 Labor Party seats but we haven't seen much from the city yet. Tim, you've got more results from the inner city.Yeah, I do. A really great result for John Kerry who has worked incredibly hard, running a very positive campaign in the inner city seat of Perth. My mail is we are now ready to call the state seat of Perth for John Kerry and Labor, and it's a real tribute to how hard he's worked. I have seen him work first hand and we're ready to call it. That was going to be a big ask to hang on to that, Michael.Look, it was always going to be a big ask, but our person is a very good local have on
campaigner. That's not the latest I have on Perth which has her getting a primary vote of 43%. It's -- it makes it difficult, with the Labor primaries in the high 37s. I'm not -- I home not -- not sure on the figures Tim has worked. You can see she's had great support in the local community, lots of signs out, lots of businesses putting up. I'd say slow your roll a bit there, Tim. Let's see how that progresses over the course of the next hour or so. sources.
Time will tell, but I trust my Sounding like a journalist there, at
Tim, be careful. Let's take a look at a few more of the southern seats with results coming in from a few more on the outer fringes of Perth. of
Yeah, Willagee, held by Peter, seat of the former premier - sorry, Alan Carpenter.What we're see -- what we're seeing is the Labor Party votes are solid. This electorate as substantially weakened for Labor by the redistribution. Quite a variety of polling place results. Labor are well ahead on where we factor the place it's
information is from, the polling place it's from. The swing we're seeing is 26%. That may be there's a joint polling place which you've had to divide up. It's a very the Labor
soft-strong result so far there for might
the Labor Party. I think that swing swing we're
might be inflated but that's the swing we're seeing. And to Dawsville where the former deputy premier is retiring. For the lives there's Zak.Yes, interesting first
figures. The Labor Party is ahead on first preferences at the moment. last time.
Independent has 10.5%. He got 5% last time. The Labor Party's ahead on first preferences. We've got an estimate of preferences in. I think - I can't remember where it's gone. A factor of 13.4% swing in that preference count.
electorate. I'd want to see a preference count. There's a lot of preferences in the estimate. If on
you're seeing the Labor Party ahead on first preferences on Dawsville that's a very strong result for them.Bateman, this is a beat Dean Transport Minister.
Nalder is contesting, the former Transport Minister.This is the safer end - he's running in this run in
electorate where Matt Taylor had to run in Bicton. 53.4 to 29%. He's a very long -- it's a very strong where
Liberal electorate. Let's factor where the -- these are from. Seeing a swing of 11.5%. A very big swing. Not prepared to give it away. What I want to do quickly, and I haven't warn -- warned my producers of this, I'm going to look at a breakdown of the city and country. Statewide -- trend: Let's look at the change in vote that's occurring statewide. Liberal vote down, Labour and One regions.
Nation up. But the particular regions. The metropolitan area. 14% down for Liberals, 7.7 up for Labour, 4.1% for One Nation. Not a lot of votes in but we're seeing that sort of trend. When we look at the - let me see, we go to the regions. We're seeing the Liberal vote well down, Labor up: the this
National vote isn't being damaged at this stage. It's interesting, it's not the National Party that's been hurt in country Western Australia at this stage but again these are early figures. OK. We have Rebecca standing by in the ABC newsroom with the Federal -- Smith.
a Federal Liberal Party senator Dean The early signs are starting to look were expecting?
grim for your team. Is this what you Liberals will
were expecting?Well, I think Liberals will be a little disappointed with the way the night has started. It's not without circumstance. We have seen over the last few days some polls pointing to some quite big swings. That's early
certainly been what we have seen early in the night. I'm a Liberal Party optimist. It's much, much too early to call at the moment. But themselves for
Liberals should be preparing themselves for a challenging night. And yet the Premier's been saying throughout the cam pir that he doesn't think voters are out with their baseball bats. Is his political radar that far off?Well, the Premier's political radar isn't far off but he's also been saying it is a difficult ask, it's a term for
challenging ask to secure a third term for any government. And even in in
our own historical experience here 1988
in Western Australia, it was done in 1988 but not since. So, the Premier enormity
has been very realistic about the securing
enormity of the challenge in securing a third term. So much of this campaign has been party's
dominated by One Nation and your party's preference deal with One Nation. Has the Liberal Party made a huge blunder there?Well, win, lose or draw this evening, clearly there he'll be a review into the election and to a variety of decisions that election campaign
were made not just during the election campaign but over the four years leading into tonight's outcome.Was it a mistake, though? Already John Day has said it has not helped him.Well, I think what is very clear, what is very clear and issue
indisputable, is that the One Nation issue did starve the government, the Liberal Party, of much-needed oxygen in those final weeks of the campaign. If you are arguing for a third term, if you do know that is a give
difficult ask, then you do want to give yourself as much campaign oxygen as you can. The One Nation issue did starve us and other parties of that. How would you advise other Liberal with One
branches considering doing a deal interesting about
with One Nation?Well, what is interesting about tonight's outcome is the it's the first substantive election outcome.
election since the Federal July election outcome. Many people will pay close attention to the West Australian experience. colleagues.
Oh, come on, give advice to your Parties across
colleagues.It's up tots Liberal Parties across the states and territories to come their o than -- their own decisions. Each will be fought and fought if their own context. My personal view is what we have seen, when Pauline Hanson is put under greater scrutiny as she was by West Australian and national media this week, the wheels came off. The wheels came off, and perhaps an important lesson is to Hanson,
apply more scrutiny to Pauline We're
Hanson, her team and her policies. you.
We're out of time. Thank you.Thank G'day. Geoff here, host of the Morning program on ABC radio Perth. On Monday morning at 8:30 the new Premier of Western Australia will be sitting opposite me in the studio. I wonder who it's going to be. Stay watching. As WA Votes.

Looking at a timelapse of the Perth CBD there. That is the heart of the business district, home to the resource giant that is have been a feature of the WA economy and in the be hoping
key seat of Perth which Labor will have returned
be hoping and in fact calling to have returned to the fold tonight, sure.
although the Liberals Michael not so sure. OK. We are going to go to the Pilbara in a moment. We have Brendon Grylls the WA Nationals leader standing by. We will cross to him in a moment but let's look at how that seat
contest is shaping up. Pilbara a seat Brendon Grylls picked up at the last state election in 2013. Antony haven't.
has more details there.No, I haven't. We have no figures I'm sorry.OK, we're going to go straight to Brendon Grylls. Brendon as
Grylls is in his electorate tonight as James said. Thanks very much for back
joining us. You obviously seized back the leadership from Terry, you then came out with a bold plan for what we all dubbed the mining tax and you say it's the increase to the rental lease fee. Was that as much about coming up with an idea that, I state's financial
suppose, you hoped would fix the was about
state's financial woe as much as it was about a bold plan to take on One posed
Nation and the threat that they posed to you at this election?Well, no, it was looking at a $3.5 billion budget deficit, looking at the GST not coming back from the we
Commonwealth, it was recognising if we were going to keep on employing the teachers, nurses we needed for the -- for Western Australia you needed the revenue sour. -- source. I'm disapointed the parties have opposing it rather than announcing strange
their own plans. It seems it's strange it's only the Western Australian Nationals prepared to advance a plan to do that. How confident are you of holding your seat? There's been a lot of speculation felt as if you had a lot of support when they were talking to people. How are you feeling?We have counted about a thousand votes. My primary's around the mid-30s, bit of a swing to the Labor Party. One Nation votes below 10%. Liberal votes well done. Again too early to call but I'm feeling alright. I'm still here talking to you so I must be alright. Thanks very much. This week obviously the Liberals announcement about some changes, cuts, to your royalties for regions program, then that caused bit of a pretty big that
public brawl really. Do you think that actually helped you, by coming out so hard against the Liberals and their decision to make those regional Western
changes?Well, no. On behalf of regional Western Australians I pointed out for 50 years we've been fight fogger a fair funding source to drive regional development. It's been running for eight years. It was disappointing Labor and Liberal to
backed Rio Tinto and BHP as opposed I
to the people of Western Australia. I still cannot understand how the massive margins being made by the two biggest miners are a higher priority for McGowan and Colin Barnett than defending the regional development program that they all say they support. Brendon Grylls, thanks very much. in
We'll speak to you hopefully later in the evening.Thanks. OK. It is a quarter past seven and we have around 5% of the vote through
counted. Antony Green, take us through a snapshot.We are starting to see some of the seats fall. Forrestfield, up to 7.6% counted. preferred
When we look at the 2-party preferred swing: Labor would easily win that on those numbers. The next seat is southern river. Only have xelsor Road
one rolling place, 2.7%. I think the boost --
xelsor Road school. In that one boost -- booth, the swing is 18.3%. You want more than one booth but the swings are all in that direction. have
The next electorate is Balcatta, we have a more substantial count. Labor is well ahead.

We know which polling places -- place this is from and the swing: We Forrestfield,
have given away Balcatta, Forrestfield, Swan Hills and I'd have to have a look here. Starting to give away those seats as they appear. Morley has just gone. I can't bring it up but the swing - I'll say it quickly. The swing in Morley is - not a very big polling place but it's still a 13% swing. The swing is quite consistent at this stage. You can't call it yet 'cause we haven't counted off the to
seats but the swing is large enough to produce a change of government. That's the starting point. Tim ham Monday, is that matching up with what you're hearing?Yes, it is. I -- a couple can have things. I Perth.
think Michael was keen to know about Perth. Six of 19 booths and gives confidence in maintaining Perth. Belmont, we're ready to call that, five of 13 booths counted and a terrific result for Cassie Roe, her second time at this seat. She dug in, young family, worked hard in the community. And Wednesday to -- credit to her on calling Belmont. Michael, one of the more controversial elements in the Brendon Grylls,
Pilbara electorate was CME against Brendon Grylls, $2 million on that, does that surprise, you an organisation like that would weigh into the election?No, not at all, because the mining industry in Western Australia has a long history of protecting their interests and we sue it during the mining tax you're
debacle. No I'm not surprised. If the
you're going to pick a fight with was bad
the mining industry, the truth is it was bad policy. They were defending their interests, as they're entitled to do, against a policy that wouldn't have done any good for our state. The problem is if we were to current way
institute a mining tax based on the current way we district income Australia
around the country, Western Australia would not benefit greatly from it because it probably would have been districted to the other states which is the heart of the problem with the distribution of the GST. This idea this was going to be the saviour for the budget adequacy wrong. What would have reduced off 51%
Western Australian's debt is selling off 51% of the Western power. Colin a proposal
and Mike were the only ones who had a proposal to reduce Western Australia's debt and made it nor How do
manageable for future generations. How do you think it affected the contest in the Pilbara?I agree with proposal
Michael's analysis on how the proposal from Brendon Grylls would actually have the rubber hit the road. It was a poorly designed approach to try and bring some money in to help balance the books, and on any analysis, the proposal in relation to the mining tax doesn't stack up and so I agree with Michael in relation to that. Where we don't Power.
agree is in relation to Western Power. What I think was quite heartening towards the end of the campaign, it wasn't just Mark McGowan and Ben saying this isn't necessarily a good idea in terms of reducing overall debt and deficit in the long run. But John came out and said the same thing, former ce ce -- Crowe of came ber and commerce -- CEO of chamber and commerce said it wouldn't have an impact. We're going o look at the touch green with -- with Antony with a few look at
more results.We'll come back and look at the overall state figure.

That's start look like the Newspoll, Greens bit high, One Nation a bit low. One Nation are not contesting every seat. The change in the vote statewide since the last election: I'm going to break na down again. Look at the regions. In the metropolitan area, Liberal vote down 15, Labor up 7. Look at the change, the primary vote in the urban areas, 34-43. The regions. What we're seeing there is the Liberals, 25, Nationals 24, Labor 32. It's the change in vote that's significant here. 17 down for the Liberals, 7 up for Labor. In seat after seat in the vote
agricultural district the national backwards.
vote has held up. They have not gone backwards. One Nation seems to have Will
bitten into the Liberal vote that. Grylls
Will be something I'm sure Brendon Grylls - we haven't seen seats from the north yet, will be tougher. Kalgoorlie has been slightly tougher contest and probably look at it we're seeing.
soon. It's certainly the case what we're seeing. What I can say is it we
looks like I have... Nine seats that we have given away to Labor at this stage, and on that basis, it's right on the cusp. Our computer only has 20 but we have a smaller count which suppresses some thing. But at this stage, the statewide - the swing in the city. I think efficient the -- I have the 2-party preferred swing here, which is that one: 10.3, we haven't got any preference counts yet. These are still all estimates. Labor is on the cusp of winning but we haven't got a lot of preference look at.
counts nor all the seats we want to look at. It's a strong swing and you'd have to bank on labour until perhaps a result but in the
meantime Nick is an ABC report -- reporter. He's outside the Melville bowling club where he's been denied access to the One Nation function. I'm outside the One Nation led quarters where the ABC refused entry. I was told we didn't have authorisation and couldn't come in. I tried to contact Senator Hanson's weren't allowed in. They only -- only approved media could come in, despite other media arriving without prior approval and being allowed in. James ash by said it was a private function and he was sure we would understand. Poor Nick there. Hey, on the utter. Everyone else is having a good side. Certainly -- on the outer. Everyone else is having a good time. in.
Interesting. Many would invite us in. But I think the point there is that when you usually have a scenario like that, it's a situation where a candidate doesn't want to talk, leader doesn't want to talk. They bar all the media. It's very unusual they pick certain media out. not
I think that's unprecedented. I'm not aware of that happening before reporter.
in my time as a state political reporter.When you get good news and bad news on polling night it's The two
important you front up to the media. The two major parties will be doing that. They've made a different decision but I suppose that is a matter for them. There's nothing How
more that I can say beyond na. How about, Tim, the Nationals holding that vote out in the regions, is that something that you Antony's other
expected?Look, I think it underlies Antony's other analysis in relation to where the swing is actually think
going. What we're seeing here, and I both
think this is as a consequence of both the it's time factor and also the pretty toxic effect that the One relation
Nation preference deal had in relation to really leaving the Nationals out in the cold. I think it doesn't so much talk about or say to the vote of the Nationals holding big dent
up rather than it's really seeing a primary vote.
big dent in the Liberal Party really a
primary vote. Remembering that really a lot of this campaign was taken up diva -- with the distraction that was underlying effectively the fracturing of that alliance with the Nationals, with Nation.
this new wedding partner of One Nation. I think what we're seeing in real time is that play out in the regions.Michael, there was a preference
distancing certainly before that preference deal between the Liberalings and the Nationals. Is this the electorate swinging in left
behind a party they feel has been left out in the cold?I don't think responding
so. I expect it's probably them policies.
responding to the National Parties the night
policies. As I said at the start of the night it's very different in Western Australia than anywhere elsewhere the in country. We have a very strong and solid Coalition federally and it's a very important part of roar success. In Queensland the parties are merged n New South Wales, very strong coalition, National
Victoria, very strong coalition. The Tasmania
National Party didn't exist in Tasmania or South Australia. I think the question will be moving forward Liberal and
when we look at the success of the Liberal and National Parties around we
the country, we are successful when we work together as a Coalition. Now, we would have happily done that National
with the Liberal Party but the Australia
National Party decided in Western Australia to take a different route. successful
I think if we're going to be op assuming
successful again as an anti-Labour of
op assuming of course that the sorts of results we see continue to come again.
in, we do need to think about that again. And regroup as the forces. Would you like to - say if you were an
advising or if you were looking to formal
an ideal outcome would there be a nationals?
formal cogs between the Liberals and nationals?That's always ideal. We have lot a lot of experience this around the country - state, Federal. Our side of politics work best in a coalition. That's where we get our best results.Results from the regions. Tim, you have Sommerfield. Yeah, James, coming through numbers a big
in Bunbury, six booths counted. It's a big mount than to climb down there as well, 12% required, six booths showing a 15.2% swing to Labor with Liberals going backwards from 30% primary to 21. was
Perhaps significant because there was no incumbent candidate down there, it was an open playing field interesting contest
to an extent.It was a really interesting contest which could have been and still might are looking good. It could have been a 3-cornered race. Ian was a local lawyer but don Punch had spent 20 south-west development
years in Bunbury heading up the Having
south-west development commission. Having been down and campaigned with Don, I was left in no uncertain terms getting a sense as to how well and I
regarded he was in the community, and I have to say these early results are looking to reflect na at anything coming
this stage.Michael, do you have anything coming through? Unfortunately on Bunbury the results Tim have are more optimistic for us than I have received. That's going to be a very difficult seat moving vote
forward as it looks like our primary vote is under 20%. The National Party about 13%. The ALP is around extraordinary result
48%. Clearly that's quite an extraordinary result for a seat like Bunbury.
OK. We will take a bit of a run through some of the other regional seats here with Jess.Yeah, the agricultural region, the seat of Moore held currently by the Nationals.This will look at some of tonight.
those votes we have seen occurring tonight. The National Party vote in Moore has held up. They are still on 42%.

The national vote has held up top
substantially. I can't see on the top of my head I can't see what the swing
swing is there. Let's look. A 4% swing in their favour. The first preference vote is down but the Liberal Party vote is much further looks like
down. That is a - almost certainly - looks like the Liberal Party - sorry, the National Party have retained Moore.To Warren-Blackwood, held at the moment by the Nationals minister Terry Redmond.What's going The
on here, this is quite a contest. The Labor Party is in second at the moment. On those figures Terry will win that seat. His vote is barely down on last time, only 4.4% down on places
first preferences in the polling places we have. On those numbers Terry will go on and hold Warren-Blackwood. Again a good result for the National Party.And Murray.
to Murray Wellington, held by Murray. A Liberal MP and quite an outspoken critic of Colin Barnett's at times.I haven't had a choice to look at this. Let's look at the depend
number the -- numbers. It will depend where the polling places are which
from. The National Party, 12.3%, which is up on their past figures in that electorate. Yes, an increase in their vote. Let's look at the 2-party preferred on where the information is from. A 9% swing marginal
which makes Murray Wellington a marginal seat which is unusual in Central
Western Australian history.Back to Central Wheatbelt, Mia, the Nationals MP.This was a seat - there,
Brendon Grylls' old seat if you look there, the Labor Party is in second substantially.
place, the Liberal vote is down substantially. Nationals on 52%. That is a terrific result for Mia, her vote is well up compared to last time. Only 20% voted, bigger towns to come. But all the small towns stayed solid with the National interesting.
Party. The next seat is more interesting.Kalgoorlie. Wendy is retiring for the flooshls and Tony Crook is contesting it for them.The first preferences, this is a mining seat. Seeing something a little different. We have a lot of the Smalling booths. We haven't got much from Kalgoorlie and Boulder itself. Labor is ahead, Tony second. Jumped a bit quick. 2-candidate preferred is not particularly relevant. On those numbers the Nationals will win. The important thing in that seat is the order the first look at
preferences finish. Next time we look at that we want to look at the frefrness count. At this stage that's not -- preference count. At think
this stage that's not relevant. I think we're getting close to calling the election. I'll fill the chamber in with what we've got at this the
stage. We're giving - the bottom of away.
the frame, definite 28 or 29 seats away. If I look at the current numbers. We're giving - that's the current chamber, not the one chamber. Let's look here. We're giving the Labor Party 29 seats, they need one more seat to form government. Not sure if any more seats are cleaning that -- leaning that way. That's a pretty definite 30. At the moment I'm predicting 33. At this stage I think we can declare that the Labor Party will win this election at this stage. And it's a matter of working out how narrow it is. At this stage the Liberals and Nationals, Liberals aren't aren't winning enough seats.The big swing line.Yes.
is on. We have Tony Crook on the line.Yes. We'll going to Tony who is taking on the seat of Kalgoorlie for the Nationals after the retirement of Wendy. Thanks for been some
joining us this evening. What have have
been some of the key issues that have played out in your seat, the during
seat you hope to pick up tonight during this campaign?

Clearly the retention of royalties for regions was critical. The 25 in $5 is critical in a mining seat like this. The feedback that I have right through the campaign is that that really hasn't gelled with the community. Everyone is expected to pay their way, particularly the gold sector and for the two major companies not have paid their way, it hasn't, I don't think the CME campaign has been as strong as they thought it would'vebeen. Stand by the decision of Brendon Grylls to go hard with the mining tax proposal. It's put you in good stead for this campaign?Well, it's been a debate that we really had to have. It's a 50-year-old legacy agreement. Every other sector of our community from pensioners to families, shire councils, mining companies, are all expected that pay their way along the way, and the two mining companies have this legacy agreement struck in the earlier '60s. I haven't had too many people poke me in the chest about it, particularly with fluoro shirbts on, which is good. I'm happy to prosecute the case. Everyone is expected to pay their way in our community, and so should the two majors.And just on the public stoush that blew out late in the campaign, with the Liberal's plans to cut and change the royalties for regions program. Do you think it may have helped you, announcing that at the last minute, in terms of picking up some extra votes?I have no doubt about it. I have some people call me on Friday, who were angry about it, they had pre-polled. We found out there maybe a fairly significant hit from the Labor Party as well. There was a lot of anger about that, that I got feedback from. There's a strong issue around the royalties for regions fund. It's the best regional policy in the nation. I heard Warren Truss say on many occasions, it's the regional policy of envy. I make mention of Wendy Duncan here, our retiring member from Kalgoorlie, you will find a piece of Wendy Duncan's DNA in the community, on the back of royalties for regions.You have felt this has been a nasty campaign? You have contested elections before federally. Have you felt it's been a particularly nasty campaign?No, not at all. Kalgoorlie is a city, obviously, a very proud provincial city but we all live in this town. We all shook hands, we waiting listed each other the best of luck. I know that we'll catch up in the next due days, have a drink or a cup of coffee. We respect it's a tough game. We're fighting, in our case, we're fighting to retain royalties for regions. To deliver a fairer deal for West Australians through the legacy agreements. CME have funded a massive campaign, over $2 million. So that was basically a free kick for the two major parties in Western Australia, and we have withstood that. We - our vote is standing up. Whether or not we're in a position to have influence in the next Parliament is yet to be seen. Thank you very much for joining us this evening.Thank you very much. The details for the full run of seats are yet to come in. But Labor will reach 30, according to the ABC's election analyst, Antony Green, and we have called this election for the ALP.Yeah, we - I must say, we're calling this on preference estimates. We're still waiting for the Electoral Commission to release the first preferences. In Bunbury, and we're seeing in Jandakot, Darling Range, there was a massive shift on first preferences. That's inconceivable it doesn't flow through the preferences.It seems to be a worse case scenario for the Liberal Party.We said it would be enormously difficult for us to go back to the people of Western Australia and ask for a third term. Colin Barnett has achieved an enormous amount. I have been poking around the seats to find some good news. But it's thin on the ground at the moment. And the swing seems to be, well, pretty well across the board. So it's very difficult for us to find much sun light from what we have got. We're going to lose some good members. When the swing comes, it's very savage. You would have worked exceptionally hard, such as Chris Hatton in Balcatta, and still have a very difficult night.It's Labor's night, Tim Hammond? Some magnificent efforts around. Joe Francis, he is on 18%, but I'm getting Harrisdale primary booth, bringing that vote down, seeing a swing to us of 22%. Morley has been called by the ALP and again, this is only one booth, but Darling Range, Barry Urban needing 13% in that seat, the Murray grove booth in Byford is pulling in a 20% swing to the ALP. Where does the bleeding stop?Some promising results in Riverton. Very close. Mike Nahan is a very good local member. Seats like Dawesville, a great young candidate in Zak Kirkup. We had a pretty significant swing, but we got a reasonable buffer. We're just going to see how these counts progress, I think, James.Savage swing described by Michael Keenan. Was this the result you were expecting?If you look at the polls that are respected, and I think that most MPs I speak to respect Newspoll, that has consistently shown that Labor was, you know, looking to pick up easily the 10 seats they needed to. So it's not a huge surprise to me. As of course, leaders were saying during the campaign, they got it wrong in the US election, so anything is possible. No, it's not a huge surprise to me. Consistently Newspoll has shown this sort of result was highly likely this evening.Out of the wilderness for two terms for Labor, this must great at HQ? Mark McGowan saw this coming a long time ago. He launched a jobs policy in April 2016. It felt like a campaign launch. Again, it was really important they kept the momentum going. Which is what we saw when he filled the vacuum at the start of the year in terms of the seat dash. It's important to also acknowledge at this stage there's very clearly a very strong state issues focus here, as there should be. It can't be looked at in a vacuum as well, in the context of what we have seen federally. This recent issue in terms of penalty rates bite pretty hard. In reaction to Malcolm Turnbull being inaction, being seen having a beer in Sydney, being nowhere near WA, what I call a Malcolm-proof fence was up and running. Going back to the issue of jobs, it was something that Mark was very focused on very early, and I do think it's resonated with the electorate on the basis of the results we're seeing.It's not unusual that the feds would say this is something to do with them. I don't doesn't that Bill Shorten will be running that line. Prime Ministers don't turn up for state elections. The only federal leader I ever recall being here was Kim Beazley, when he was federal leader and he was based here. The issues are about the local economy, and very important, will, it's about the "it's time" factor. When you have been in government for 8 and a half years, you collect a lot of barnacles. You upset people. It's hard to come up with new ideas, new policies. When you're in longest serving prermier by while some margin across the country, it's difficult to go to the people of Western Australia and say, I need another crack on this.It depends on which party you're from and how your party is doing.I think that Tim and I will have an entirely predictable conversation about this. But the Liberal Party's fortunes have not helped.We just won an election 8 months ago, and I don't cone seed that at all -- concede that at all. Its don't accept that. It's about the fact we have a long serving government, going to the people to ask for another shot it. People get the "it's time" factor coming across. It would be very generous of Mark McGowan to share some of the spotlight with Bill Shorten today. Penalty rates, no issue in this campaign at all.Going to have a look at some of the background states.We're going to look at Mount Lawley, a seat held by the Liberals. He's also the speaker of the lower house.This is one of the seats that isn't seeing the massive swing. The Liberal vote is down, but on the first preferences, they still lead Labor. There's a big vote for the Greens. And on those numbers, we're projecting the Labor Party is just ahead, 51.1%. We're not prepared to call that yet. That's a good figure for the Labor Party.And out to the eastern hills sort of area of Kalamunda. We saw the former Prime Minister, John Howard, visit this electorate.It's not nearly progressed the counts. We'll go through the numbers quickly. He's ahead on the first preferences. 39 to 36, with Gould, the One Nation candidate who resigned during the contest. If they resigned because of the preference deal, I don't think his preferences are going to help the Liberal Party. Let's have a look at the two-party preferred. It's a swing of 8.8%, and that's a substantial swing.And Belmont now, an inner city seat it. Surprised the Liberals themselves when they picked it up.Very little chance of winning this seat. It was always a Labor seat until she won it at the third attempt. And we look at the swing that's occurring at this stage, what we're seeing is a swing of 12.6%. And Hillarys, the Liberal MP quit to become an independent. He is contesting as an independent this time around.9.7% counted. The first preferences going on, we're seeing that it's - this is not nearly as well progressed but a substantial swing going on, one that we can't call, sorry, it's 4.2, I have slightly later figures that got the swing up to 9.2. Let's carry on.And now we're going to Hillarys, sorry. To where Rob Johnson has quit the Liberals. He is contesting as an independent.He is in third place on these numbers. If he's in third, I expect his preferences to favour the Liberal Party. I haven't seen his how to vote card, I must say, but on this stage, I expect a big swing but the Liberals would still win the seat. What is going on here is a massive shift in first preference vote. In seats like Swan Hills, Kalamunda, Darling Range, Bunbury, we're talking about first preferences declines of the Liberal Party for 25 to 30%, that's extraordinary collapses in first preference vote. This is the statewide. A 16% drop in the Liberal vote, Labor up 8.6. It's not afflicting the National Party. Although we have been got many mining areas votes in. The story of the election is the collapse in the Liberal Party first preference vote. But Burns Beach, the same thing is occurring and it's the same thing in Wanneroo. It's the first preference collapse.We're going to cross to the ABC News room. Standing by with Ken Travis. Were you expecting swings of this magnitude or is this icing on the cake tonight?I've been hopeful of swings like this, to see them be realised is a very pleasant place to be sitting tonight.Are you kicking yourself a little bit. It could've been you, minister Travis? I'm very happy where aim at the moment. I'm very proud of the contribution I made to the policies, of the future Labor government, if the swings continue as they're going. Metro net was my baby.What do you put this victory down to? How much credit can Mark McGowan take? Absolutely. He and his team can take complete credit for it. At the same time, Mr Barnett simply forgot what he was doing. He lost touch with his community and the community, and became - he always had a touch of arrogance, but he became very arrogant and out of touch with the concerns of ordinary people, particularly those people in the newer areas, with new housing, where they're under real financial stress and very worried about their future and jobs for the future.And how silly do some of your Labor colleagues now for what they tried to do to McGowan last year, by replacing him with Steven Smith?I'm not sure there's many of my colleagues in the Parliament that did anything to Mark McGowan last year. That was run from outside the Parliament. They can be congratulated for showing that strength of character and supporting mark and it has paid off tonight. What kind of Premier will Mark be? He'll be a very different prermier to Colin Barnett. He's somebody - he's shown the energy during the campaign, been out there on a daily basis, talking to people, listening to their concerns and putting together policies. I think he'll use his team, what is currently the shadow cabinet, but very soon will become the contact, hopefully, and you see him more as the chairman of board, using the team that sits around him to start implementing the agenda they have outlined. Every one of those shadow ministers has contributed to that plan, that plan for jobs, the plan for health, the plan for education that Mark has outlined over the last probably 18 months.Over the last couple of days, Colin Barnett had been warning that a vote for Labor would be a return to dulsville. What do you make of that? And is Western Australia facing a dull period?I think that sometimes Colin was good at forgetting the past. When Mark was trying to get through small bar reforms, if anyone doesn't think that small bars are part of our losing the tag of Dullsville, he made the fundamental changes that led to Perth losing the Dullsville tag. Colin has forgot a bit of history. You start to begin our own spin.Thanks for joining us tonight. My pleasure.Tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock, Insiders will give you a comprehensive wrap of the WA election. And that preference swap between One Nation and the Liberal Party will be a key issue. You're watch be WA Votes.Standing by on the line from his seat in Albany, looking pretty happy, supporters, maybe cautiously confident there. He'll be up again, he's running for a fifth term. A very popular local member, he reality represented Australia in the Olympics.The state summary, it's 7:48 and you're watching WA Votes. A uniform swing of 9.9%, a bit more severe than that in certain areas?We want to look at Pilbara, just come in. So 16% count. Brendon Grylls is ahead on 31, Labor on 28. On those numbers, you expect the Liberal Party would get the Nationals over the line. The swing occurring is 7.8%, not enough to defeat Brendon Grylls, having looked in precise details where that is from. A lot of money has been thrown at him, and at this stage, it looks like he'll be returned. The next thing I want to talk about, I want to do the chamber. I will show our prediction for the first time. Here is our chamber. We'll fill in first the seats we're definitely giving away. We're giving Labor 33 seats, six National and 12 Liberals, if we make a prediction at this stage, we're giving Labor 35, Liberal 18 and Nationals six. That's quite a swing. That is a very big swing. Not a lot of preference counts yet. If the preference counts are stronger for Labor, they'll do better. We want to look at the seats that are changing at this stage tonight. Balcatta has fallen to Labor, Belmont, Bunbury, Burns Beach, Collie-Preston, Darling Range, Forrestfield, Swan Hills and Wanneroo, and West Swan, the redistribution seat. Labor has all the marginal seats it has needed and it's gone beyond those to win extra seats.We'll go to Peter Watson in a moment. He's the current MP and going for a fifth term there.So Albany, a seat that Peter Watson has held since 2001. He went against the trend.He defeated the redistribution in 2008, he went against the swing in 2013 to hang on. I haven't got a lot of the Albany booths yet. The Nationals currently running second. Let's look at the swing we're seeing in that electorate. What we're seeing is a swing of 9.5% and Peter Watson has held Albany by a margin by 10%. Now we're going to go to Peter Watson. Peter, thanks for joining us. Is that music to your ears? It looks like you may have a comfortable win there tonight? You're used to the tough battles. Would it be music to your ears?Yeah, I'm used to very close battles, Jessica. So to have a bit of a margin like that is a strange area for me to be in. Great people dozen here, great volunteers, they work so hard and they're the ones who should take the credit. What are the main issues that are played out in your electorate down there this time around?I think Western Power, it was a real elephant in the room. Every I door knocked I spoke to on the phone, what is a major issue, apart from roads, Western Power, and near the end, when the Premier sold his soul to the One Nation, that disaffected a lot of Liberal Party members and like a dollar for every person to come up today, I have never voted Labor before, but I'm voting for you now. A good result for a great team of people down here.On the campaign more broadly, you had Mark McGowan down there quite a few times. He jumped out of the blocks early with the campaign. Do you think that helped? Projecting an image that he's an energetic alternative to Colin Barnett?Yeah, we had to actually embarrass the Premier to come to Albany. One of the front pages of one of the papers said "where are you, Colin?" Mark he's done a tremendous job. He matured and grown so much in the last two years. I'm very proud to serve under Mark McGowan as the Premier of Western Australia.You're picking up a lot of sentiment. The Premier said during the cause of the campaign, the biggest campaign the Liberals faced was the sentiment of a time of for change. Do you feel a lot of that during the course of the campaign down there?In the arrogance of the government, over the last 8 years, and especially with royalties for regions. Down here, we only got 6% over the last 8 years in royalties for regions, that is an absolute dris disgrace -- disgrace, and the National Party came down here and said they're going to do all sorts of things. A lot of promises were made and weren't fulfilled. The promises we made as the Labor Party and the government will be taken up.Was there any talk amongst the constituents of the mining tax that Brendon Grylls proposed?Not really, no. It wasn't a huge issue down here. As I say, the Western Power was by far, you know, the biggest issue. And you know, when you're living in a regional area, and you're on the end of the line and they sell Western Power, and you know who hits it the most, when Telstra was sold, we can't even get, 10k out of town, we can't get mobile service. People want to keep assets. My old dad used to say, "Always have assets behind you. At least you can borrow on them if something happens."We'll join you later in the evening. I didn't know he had the extra bonus of some sage financial advice.He deserves to stop running for at least a little bit. Both professionally and personally. It's a testament to the strength of character of Peter down there. And again, a very disciplined campaign.How much are you seeing the swing play out in the results that you're getting?It's significant, matching up a lot about Antony's assessment at this stage. A lot of seats are falling to candidates who have really worked very, very hard for a long period of time. Not only Barry Urban in Darling Range, also Collie-Preston we're calling for Mick Murray. Jess Shaw who did well, campaigning on the Ellenbrook rail line, she's going to make a great contribution to the new government, very bright, very switched on, in relation to the energy conversation. Terry Healy in Southern River, and the latest one I have, as a result of plus 10 to 12% swings is Sabine Winton in Wanneroo. We called it now. That was the only bellwether seat. She worked really hard, local mum, local teacher on the ground running a field campaign. How are you going there, Michael? Getting more sense of how bad it is? Very difficult to disagree with Tim's analysis.You don't have to disagree with him.I would feel better if I could. We're seeing around the state, both regionally and in Perth, quite significant swings. Some interesting mail. Having a look at the results from Bicton and Riverton. Both seats that where the Perth Freight Link played out. Math Taylor has almost 50% of the primary vote. Mike Nahan, again, very good local candidate. He got 46% of the primary vote and he should be right on it. That really defies the trends we have seen in other seats. There's people that understand, in Bicton and Riverton, the Freight Link was very good for them. It would have taken trucks off their streets and made their lives a lot better.We're going to look at some of the northern suburbs seats. We're going to Wanneroo first. It's been Paul Miles, the minister for local government's seat since 2008. This is a bellwether seat. It always

His primary vote is down more than 25%. That is a sign of what is going on here. One Nation have polled 9.6. We're seeing a swing of 20.5%. We don't have a preference count in that electorate. Off the Burns Beach, was known as Ocean Reef. Another minister seat, Albert Jacob for the Liberals.The Greens have got - let me see - what the polling places are, the swing we're seeing in the electorate has weakened for the Liberal Party compared to Ocean Reef. That's a big swing - 11.7% with the Labor Party just ahead. No preference count in that electorate yet. There's a lot more information to come. That seat is not in doubt. That's a sign of swing occurring everywhere.And Balcatta, which Chris Hatton had held for the Liberals. An easy victory for the Labor Party. David Michael, his first preference is 1100 ahead. 7% ahead with 10% for the Greens. When we look at the 2 candidate preferred swing, a swing of 13.2% there. I do have preference counts there. I got preference counts in 13 of the 17 polls places. That's a real swing, and bigger than I was look at earlier. And Morley, held by Ian Britza since 2008.And Morley was one of the seats that was a notional Labor seat lost by Labor. Amber-Jade Sanderson is in the Legislative Council. The Liberal vote is down 19% there. A big, big swing. When we look at the swing around preferences, it's 15.9% in Morley. Another gigantic swing.When you're starting to lose ministers, that is one thing. But someone like Albert Jacob, a young, up and coming, the future of the participate in many respects. That is a serious blow to the reorganisation.Albert is a great minister, he'll always have a bright future in the party. That count looks difficult for him but he's not out of it by any means. We'll want him around to rebuild.Is a double edged sword? You get a profile, but you must have less time to spend in your electorate? I think Albert's managed it well, he campaigned hard during this election as he has in previous elections but there's
obviously when the swing's on justice, it
there's not necessarily a lot of justice, it can be quite sav anl, and it would be very disappointed if he got caught up in that. That is, I guess, as much of a celebration about the result for Labor in in, you feel for those those members
members who -- in this, you feel for those members who are losing their seats and have worked very hard of the last four years.It just gets back to the fundamental human candidate. I
condition of what it is to be a that's
candidate. I think one of the things acknowledge
that's important I think to acknowledge in this process, particularly when a result looks so convincing as this does, all candidates should be committed -- commended for the work that they do out there. It's a really tough gig. I've been in this position myself as a candidate having failed in 2010. What it gets back to is recognising compete
that human element of what it is to compete in this democracy. But, you know, look, let's also be pragmatic about that. With every cloud is a silver lining. The other side of Albert Jacob is Folkard. He's a police officer who has worked very hard for the best part of six to 12 months in what was the face of a Albert.
clearly very well and local in We'll move to Midland where the Labor member there is standing by with some very, very happy-looking Midlands contest.
supporters in the background, the Midlands contest.E ya -- yeah, Midland Michelle has had held since 1996.It went down to 24 last time against Daniel, who is on the local council nowadays. We have some preference estimates. We know the polling places the information is from, and when we tact qor that into the swing -- factor that into the fingers, Michelle won't be waiting around for this -- for the answer comfortably
this time. Michelle has been comfortably returned this time, no nail-biting in 2017. We'll go to Michelle now in her seat nice to
surrounded by supporters. Must be nice to have bit more of a relaxing evening than was ta case in 2013. Jessica, we're having a brilliant evening in mitt land. The whole team has worked so hard for so longer and they're getting their reward tonight.What do you think has been the biggest factor for you in that seat in terms of - we heard Western Power has been a big issue in some issue that
seats. Do you think that was an issue that played out in your area. Certainly woern cap power played out in my area as did jobs and unemployment, training apprenticeship and jobs were really key issues here, and there was also bit of the it's time factor. People were sick of Colin Barnett and the for the
Liberal government and are looking approach that
for the fresh change, the fresh approach that Mark McGowan and WA Labor will deliver. In terms of the campaign overall, that
not just in your seat, do you think that McGowan Eagles decision, I suppose, to jump out of the blocks contrast
early did help in terms of a stark campaign?
contrast with Colin Barnett's run
campaign?Without doubt. Mark has run the most energetic of campaigns. better.
No-one could have hoped for anything better. He's made every post a winner, he he's worked hard every day and Mark deserves a big part of the credit for what's obviously going to be a win tonight. Thank you.
Thank you very much for joining us. Thank you. 123450 go straight to another rap of -- -We'll go straight to another wrap of some soft regional seats in Western Australia.Yeah, back to Collie-Preston, Mark's seat.This will be an easy re-election. He'd had to overcome the redistribution. With nearly half of the first preference count: sh you need to know where the polling places are from, because Collie is rock solid here.
for the Labor Party. I'm looking here. We still have some Collie booths to come. This will only improve. There's a 16% swing there. We're predicting Mick will have a than
margin of 63.3%, which is way higher electorate.
than he he's had before in the Geraldton, Blayney has held ha for Liberals since 2008.Yeah, we'll wait for preferences. This is leading on
significant. The Labor Party is leading on first preferences from temperature
the Liberals and Nationals temperature -- the National it's had high hopes. On those numbers I don't think Labor that win on that. It will be a Labor-Liberal count coming to us later and the national preferences will get the Liberal Party over. We're only getting 50en where the
1 at the moment. I haven't looked where the information is from. It's an 11% swing so that's quite a swing. I think that might be measured against the Liberal margin versus the Nationals last time, so the swing might be misleading. There's more counting to come. retiring.
To the seat of Bunbury where John is retiring.Yeah, what's important to watch is stay on the first Liberals
preferences there. Labor is on 46.6, Liberals 20, Nationals 30. The in
Nationals put quite a bit of effort vote.
in and have more than doubled their vote. The Liberal Party is down 33% win that
since the last election. Don will swing
win that easily when we look at the preferences
swing that's going on after preferences there. That's an enormous swing. Bunbury has now been - the government - this will now be except 2005
a government seat and every time except 2005 in the last 40 years that it's been won by the government of the day. Don is the new member nor Bunbury. Looks like we're going back to Kalamunda.Kalgoorlie is it? E of -- Oh, yeah.We'll go through the sequence. We have a third of vote if Labor
counted. Darren is still ahead for if Labor Party.

We'll go through and look at the preference count that's been provided here. It's not very meaningful. We have no idea what problem for
order the candidates are. The problem for Brett Crook is neets far One
enough ahead of the Liberal to stop Liberals ahead.
One Nation preferences putting Liberals ahead. I'm not convinced they may do that, but the 2-candidate preferred, that may not be right. Kalgoorlie we won't know the result tonight. Kimberley, Labour won it last time. Josie Farrer's vote was only in the mid-20s and has wa saved by the mote no difficulty.
voting coming in. This time there's no difficulty.

When we look at the count after preferences, knowing the polling places, we wear predicting the Labor vote will be 63.9. The remote polling places are yet to come in which is the strongest for go Labor Party. Josie Farrer has easily been re-elected in Kimberley. Tim Hammond, you're getting some the
discussions and communications from headquarters
the Liberal Party - Labor Party headquarters rather.I'm on good terms with some of those lives. You are very well informed.It all comes out in the wash. I have heard McGowan
from Bill Shorten who has called McGowan to congratulate limb on his ascent to the premier of Western Australia. You know, again it puts Mark in very good stead. Despite what Michael says I think the reality is these things work well working together.
when the Federal and state teams are working together. It's what we saw in this case in relation to the state Labour campaign and the support Federal Labor gave to Mark you
to his quest to articulate jobs.Are swing
you getting a sense of how far this this
swing is going in terms of seats at this stage?At this stage we're seeing possibly 36 seats. Again some really large swings in the outer regional suburbs, some big numbers in Wanneroo, that may well end up playing out in Joondalup as well. That will see a lot of those seats at that end of the pendulum, 13 hearse -- 13%, 14% swing to Labor. this stage.
It could be a significant number at

Along the lines of what you've got there. Any glimmers of hope in amongst what to
you've seen?I would like to report to you something differently but there's not a lot of glimmers of hope this evening. Our candidates are starting to concede. I understand Eleni Evangel who has worked hard has conceded her seat which is a shame. Southern river, very difficult for Peter Abetz from here. And I understand he has sense about
conceded also. We just need to get a sense about - as the count know,
progresses, who is going to, you parliamentary party.
know, continue to make up the parliamentary party. There will still be some very strong players in that, Liza Harvey, for example, Mike sort
Nahan, and, you know, we need to we're
sort of have a think about Houston here.
we're going to move forward from here. But it's -- out bow we're going to move forward from here. It's a very difficult night. I do want to make a point. We work closely between Federal and state. The point of convergence is where the state issues were factors and interpretation of
we'll have a different interpretation of that. Absolutely, no doubt about that. Last time I checked Pauline Hanson was a Federal senator and I reckon that's played bit of a role. Alright, let's move to the landslide seats now with Jess and Antony.Yes, Darling Range held by the Liberal's Tony stifrp son since 2013.These are landslides that might swing. It's an extraordinary result leer. The Liberal vote is down 27%. Look at those percentages scla we --! . We know where this information is from. When we look at the 2-party preferred swing, the swing occurring here is 19.8%. We don't have a yet.
preference count in that electorate yet. We'll get that later. But that's an enormous swing. And Tony Simpson who was one of those involved in the attempt to depose Colin Barnett late last year, he's been defaoeted bri Barrie, who has had a long police -- defeated by mere.
Barry, who has had a long police And Dawsville in the south-west, where Kim Hames, the former relationship premier is retiring. Yeah, I was a little concerned about this. Zak Kirkup is the Liberal candidate. The independent, 10.8. We have got a preference count in that places
electorate for six of the 14 polling places which means we've got an accurate swing. We look at the 2-candidate preferred swing, the swing is 11.4%. Liberals are ahead. I was using preference estimates before. Now I have preference counts. It's looking not as bad for counting to
the Liberal Party but we have more counting to come in that electorate. treasurer Mike
To Riverton. It's been held by the treasurer Mike Nahan since 2008. He's known to the journalists for there's...
his crazy ties.Wrel -- well, treasurer.
there's...And being a good And that.There's nothing wrong with a crazy tie. list,
The it's -- it's not the end of the express
list, you know.All men have to express themselves at limes -- times. Mike has 44.4%.

The One Nation candidate: When we look at the count there after preferences and where the information is from, there is a swing of 8.1 MERS. This electorate was substantially strengthened by billion
the additional of -- addition of billion Creek, so Mike Nahan is back. To the northern suburbs, Joondalup. Jan won that for the Liberals in 2013.This is the first look at this electorate. Bow Morris was a very strong Liberal polling place at the lags election, which is why he's ahead on first preferences. But when we factor in where those votes are from, pre-polls and the very strong Liberal polling place, it's 12.6% to give
and Labor Party is ahead. Not enough to give away the seat, but if that swing continues through to other polling places that's another seat that will fall forgot Labor Party. We'll take you to live pictures from Liberal Party headquarters at cot Tess -- Cottesloe golf club. We have supporters milling around and we can of a
see ourselves on the TV. That's bit of a spinout. Going on forever in glass.
the background.Where's the looking glass.Give away.That's right. Littling around there, tough night to arrive.
for them, waiting for Colin Barnett will
to arrive. We're not sure when he will arrive. We haven't had word of that yet but we will bring you his speech as soon as we are able when he arrives at the club. But very well attended and no doubt a tough night for members of the Liberal Party.Yeah, very tough. I was there last time I served a as media advisor to Colin Barnett. It will be a very different mood tonight. It's always hard. The Liberals were under no illusion it was going to be easy, it's hard going for a third term. consistently coming
The polls showed they were foot.
consistently coming off the back foot. I think it will be somber there but not completely unexpected. I don't think the polls got this one wrong. Do you have to believe, Michael, those Liberal candidates that they are in the fight and they can still win or do you make peace at some point? gonna
With the fact that maybe it's not gonna lap.There's clearly a substantial number of seats we have lost tonight. A seat like Joondalup, he's still in the hunt. That's one we would hope to win. I suppose I go to the point Jess was saying. None of this is unexpected for the Liberal Party. It accords with the public polling and our private polling as well. We knew it was good result
going to be a very big ask to get a quite
good result tonight. Clearly it is quite a savage message that's been community. As
sent to us by the Western Australian community. As you do in politics we need to spend time looking why we received about the -- that message and what we'll do next time. We have some very good people in the parliamentary party. They will regroup quickly and take the fight up to Mark McGowan and his team. One of the things we like to do in politics and media sometimes is throw the blame ball around, a big ball of blame, as I like to call it. Holding it in your hand. Yeah, that's right. Does Colin Does he
Barnett catch the big ball of blame? Does he take it?When you're Australia's longest serving premier look
and by quite some margin, and if you look around the country, premiers have actually served their whole political career time Colin has been premier, for example Mike Baird. Obviously over time you do attract a an
lot of difficulties. Colin has been an exceptionally good premier for Western Australia and he has built 50 years worth of infrastructure in put
the past 8.5 years. His legacy will premiers of
put him down as one of the great premiers of our state, I don't doubt be very
-- I don't doubt that. History will is
be very kind to him although tonight and the
is a very difficult night for him and the party in general.Tim.Look, relation
I echo Michael's sentiments in the
relation to Colin Barnett. Again, the context of tonight is eight furniture
years ago Colin had put his furniture in the back of his car and was driving off tu Jay prepared to retire from politics. And for that turn around from that point to go on leadership
and play what is clearly a leadership role in this state for a acknowledged.
significant period of time should be regret
acknowledged. Where I think the real quite frankly
regret sets in here is the fact that quite frankly he was left at the altar. Firstly in relation to Christian Porter and Troy buzz well, who were touted by Colin himself as likely successors again just were there's
not there for him. And I don't think there's any coincident that dove tails into a common perception of the former premier being seen as going
tired, someone who was clearly not going to go around again and dove tailing very significantly into the it's time factor that we saw.James, I think it's time factor definitely was picked up by Liberal MPs in some of these seats that have gone very early, and hence we saw that very spill in
late sort of attempt at a leadership Murray
spill in September. Dean Nalder and it was
Murray was going to move the motion, it was successful, but there was the polling by prominent businessmen and it showed that the Liberals were in trouble. Some said it was push polling but I think that's probably were
fair to Sommerfield of the questions were but some Liberal MPs were of those
getting worried in their seats, some pushing for
of those have gone and they were pushing for a leadership change for a season. They -- reason. They picked up the sentiment people might have wanted a change in the lead-up for something different I suppose. openly,
Perhaps unusual to have a leader openly, I guess, flag that they wouldn't be serving out the full term. Has that played intothis? It credible
is but obviously you need to be credible as well and people knew I think it would be unlikely that Colin would have served for the next four years. The strategy he put in place to deal with it I think was very good and he campaigned in tandem with Liza Harvey, who are a study of opposites in many ways. And would have
obviously as deputy premier she would have been in the box seat to step in as premier if and when Colin would
decided to retire and he flagged he would at some stage during the term. I think it was a good strategy. Liza and optimistic.
has a lot of energy,shire up-beat and optimistic. She's done well, re-2009ed -- retained her seat, which I'm pleased to see not least because Scarborough sits in sturling. -- Stirling. Wouldn't took too closely at what
Balcatta. I'm just saying.That eels what he came up to deal with it. Given he had served for 8en 5 years and given it was unlikely he'd serve good
for another four, I think it was a good way to go about things but clearly it's been difficult to sell that message. Not a mistake to not hand over earlier inI don't believe so. He's a very substantial figure. As I said, when we look back this state Barnett
will owe an enormous debt for Colin achieved if
Barnett as premier for what's achieved if you look around the Perth CBD it's been completely transformed and it wasn't just the government, it was all the infrastructure built in the region has as well. His legacy will be different style
extraordinarily significant. He's a different style of politician than a lot of politicians around the country. He doesn't do that sort of hail fellow well met. He has a very very
different way of governing. And a might say.
very successful way of governing I might say. What he said in 2008 was in
that there wasn't enough being done in Western Australia. We wanted to get things going. And he came in and he has absolutely done that in 8.5 difficult for
years and I think that's very difficult for anyone to dispute. We legal look at some of the seatses that are changing hands. There's a long list to pick from.Yes, first that off
to Perth, Eleni Evangel will get getting
that off Labor.Yes, certainly. I'm getting inconsistencies in my computer. John Carey is well ahead. Party's John
This is a big win for the Labor Party's John Carey.

When we look at the swing that's occurring in that electorate, a swing of 12%. I haven't got a preference count in that electorate but that swing we're seeing there. And John Carey will go on to win Peter Abetz,
that electorate.Southern river, 2008 and
Peter Abetz, he's had that since 2008 and he was renowned as being a good local campaigner.We haven't got any preference counts on this. Labor Party vote is over 50% with not
nearly two-thirds counted. They're not going to Louise from that position. We have an actual - we have preference
don't have preference counts, we have preference estimates. seeing
Substantial Green vote there. We're seeing a swing of 18.3%. That looks which
different from my computer screen which is bothering me, but that's an 18.3% swing occurring there. Southern river will be won by Terry Healy for the Labor Party. Back to Mount Lawley, an inner city seat and held by the Speaker.In this electorate again we're seeing the big swing occurring. We have a preference count
prifrness count in in electorate. -- preference count in this electorate.

We see a swing of - 12.7% that. Will numbers.
be won by the Labor Party on those numbers. As I said, I have a preference count in 9 of the 17 polling places so Simon, who is a worker's compensation lawyer, he legal be the new member for Mount Lawley. Back to Balcatta where Chris Hatton, the Liberal, picked up that -- that so
up at the last election, not looking count
so good.And we have a preference count putting it further to Labor. David Michael, I think he's run in Churchlands in the past. He's done the hard yards of running in an easily. When
unwinnable seat. This time he's won easily. When we look at the next graph, which shows the swing, it's a swing of 13.2%. Chris Hatton, he won it last time in his second attempt. The only non-Labor member to win the seat. It was a high probably to be a one-timer because it's not normally second
a Liberal seat.To Belmont, could be second time lucky for Cassie.Yes, and Glenyis is in the same position always been
as Chris Hatton. Cassie: This has always been a Labor seat apart from the last election when Glenyis won well-known for
it I think the third attempt. She's well-known for her work on the local last
council. But a retirement helped her margin
last time. When you only had a margin of just under 2%, you can't withstand a swing like that. Cassie will be the new member for Belmont. that
Morley in -- Ian Britza has held This is
that for the Liberals since 2008. This is another electorate where we're getting a preference count and the swing has increased.

The Liberal vote is down 19% on first preferences, an enormous swing. So Ian Britza has been the member for two terms, he's been defeated by a swing of 16.8% in Perth's inner north, a big swing. And amber-Jade gets the seat. We showed you live pictures in Liberal Party HQ. Emily is on the line. How is the mood there?Well, as you'd expect, there's a sense of party knew
disbelief in the room. I think the party knew that the swing was on fairly early in the evening but I be
don't think anyone thought it would people that
be quite this large or at least the people that I have spoken to have been taken by surprise. There's a to
sense that this was probably going to always be the outcome, but the size is what has really taken everyone aback. there, commiseration
Emily, it does seem fairly lively there, commiseration drinks perhaps. Did you get a sense that people were, you know, they'd made peace with the fact that this was not people
going to be their election?I think expecting
people who came here tonight weren't expecting to be celebrating. There was a sense - of inevitable, I suppose, about the result. There's definitely not a sense in the room of shear devastation or anything like that. But there is a sense that has
the swing wouldn't be as large that has been. Speaking to ministerial staffers, they say they had a sense, though, that the result was going to be bad when they had long-time the
Liberal voters coming up to them on wouldn't
the campaign trail saying they wouldn't vote for the party this time, citing the debts level in particular and economic management. A lot of disconTNT out there. They sense
knew in result was coming. There's a sense in the room that it was going swing
to be like this, but the size of the swing has taken everyone back. here.
Emily, I'll put you on the spot of
here. Are we getting any indication of when we might see the current premier Colin Barnett make his concession?No, we don't know yet, James. I just spoke to some of the they're
premier's staffers, they said they're not sure. He is due here more information
shortly, they couldn't give me any arrive.
more information on when they arrive. We honourable member have a couple of minutes in the -- only have a couple of ministers here in the
the room including Bill Marmion and the Police Minister and deputy know
premier. As yet, no time - we don't but
know when the premier will arrive but we believe it will be shortly. you.
Emily, at Liberal Party HQ, thank you.Thanks. Gentlemen, any more information from your sources?James, in relation to one of the seats that Anthony I
touched on, Mount Lawley and Simon, I have to say being closely acquainted with Simon's campaign and him as a person, this is a very special result for Simon. Six months ago, no-one really - it was being told this was going to be a good go, 2-term strategy for him, and to his credit he didn't listen to them. He wore out shoe leather and to unseat Michael zuter handle, who really had dug in, is a credit to Simon. It's a big result for him tonight. Michael, any more information?Well, I appreciate what Tim said about Michael. He is a tremendously good local campaigner and this is an example of the fact when it gets difficult for a political party, regardless of the stature of the member, the amount of work they've done, it can be very difficult to with stand the swing. It's still here, it's
Michael's - on the figures we have here, it's going to be difficult to come back from there. But he has waged a very solid campaign. Again, James, looking down, there's very Liberal
little rays of sunshine for the Liberal Party tonight. I wish I could report differently. But, the swing is really quite uniform. seats
Across very different styles of seats from the north to the south and obviously in Perth as well. And the Liberal Party will need to obviously take some lessons from that and get a sense about what has gone wrong here. It's pretty obvious I think that the it's time factor is something that is - you know, really resonated with the public of Western Australian but there'll be other lessons wle need to learn when people have sent you a reasonably strong message like this. We cross to Rebecca in the newsroom her.
who has a Greens councillor with Western
Mark McGowan is the next premier of Western Australia. Do you welcome his victory?Absolutely. It was time for a change. Any other reasons?Well, in particular, we're just so delighted that Roe 8 and the building of that will stop. My electorate has been so keen to get in and start the replanting and just replace that know,
horrible scar with something, you know, beautiful and life affirming, metro will
and I think most people in south metro will be having a great celebration tonight knowing that Roe 8 will stop.It sounds easy to say we're going to stop the project but the reality is it's going to be very complex, unravelling all those contracts isn't it?Well, it's as simple as cancelling a contract, and the contract wasn't all that complicated once we saw it tabled in Parliament. And McGowan has made na commitment, to tear up the contract. He eventually made that commitment two months ago, and we're delighted that he said that. I have every faith that the Liberal Party will not continue to build Roe 8. are you
Let's take a look at your vote. How colleague
are you going and your only colleague in the upper house Graham Chapman. What are the early -- Robin chapel?It's a bit too early to tell. Well need to see how the preferences go and usually we get until
elected to the last spot. It's not until several days from now and they push the button and the preferences flow thank you we can really tell. But I'm hopeful and optimistic that the work we have done in Parliament has attracted and vote and Robin, like he's
it's always amazing, it never looks does.
like he's gonna win but he always does. We have every faith the two of some others.
us will be returned and potentially So much of this election campaign has been all about One Nation and Pauline Hanson. I imagine that must have been enormously frustrating for you.Oh, absolutely. I mean, it was interesting that the media were very keen to cover every breath that she took, and every time she spoke. When she's not even a candidate in this election. And it did take attention off more serious candidates. In the micro
fact, the attention that was paid to the micro parties, you know, who came out of nowhere, and I don't know that they attracted much of a vote, had a similar effect of capturing the media's attention. And really meant that serious candidates about
couldn't get the message out there about what they were running for.

Does that mean you and your party need to reflects on what you can do to capture the media's attention? We responded with a very powerful field campaign. We ran the biggest field campaign in Western Australia that has ever been done. We had field campaigns in Albany, Broome, Kalgoorlie, and throughout the metropolitan area. We door knocked over 30,000 homes and we phone banked and talked to 20,000 people and today, we had 2200 volunteers out on our boots. So we just responded the best way we conversation could -- we could, with a grassroots moment. And hi, Sabra Lane from the AP program. Please join us tomorrow at 8, for a special edition, we look at the highs, and lows, winners and losers. That is 8:00am on your local ABC radio station. Taking a look now at the outside of the ABC studios at east Perth, inside of which, which is the spot we are we're broadcasting. Opened in 2005 but then Prime Minister John Howard. He was a popular figure on the hustings. He went out to Southern River, not enough to get the Liberals over the line there. It's 8:32. We 51% of the votes counted and we're showing a swing of 11.1%.I'm going to look at the statewide figures. 51% counted. That's an even better than some of the opinion polls were indicated. The Greens, better than the opinion polls, and One Nation, worst. When One Nation were not listed as an of course, they used to outpoll their vote in the apologies. They were offered as an option and they have underperformed compared to the polling. It's always a question for pollsters to ask or not ask a minor party. Look at the changing in vote. The Liberal vote is down 16, Labor up 9, the national vote is barely changed. If I look at the regional vote, this is what I find most fascinating, the Liberal votes that collapsed. The Nationals have outpolled the Liberals outside of Perth. You talk about Mandurah and Bunbury being included. That is substantially lower than what I expected. Looking at some trend figures, and on these figures, One Nation is going to struggle to win any upper house members. They are only getting 10 to 11%. They need to be performing better to get elected to the upper house. That's the significance of those figures. And that National Party vote has held up. They will quite possibly continue to have as many members as they have now. It's been a good result for the national party, given their regional base and that's been thrown althem during the campaign. The seats that we're giving away, we're giving Labor a definite 36 seats. I'm not sure what our predictions are going for. There we are. Labor onto 40 now. It must have been just getting the data up there. If Labor gets to 40, I was looking at some figures the other day, which one vote, one value boundaries were introduced, Labor would have a notional 38 seats going into the 2008 election. They are doing bettar -- better than that. This is the one vote, one value change that Labor expected to get, and they had a big swing in Perth, and looks like they have a thumping majority.They may not have felt the full effects of that until now.2008 was an unusual election campaign. They were 13 marginal Labor seats and Labor only had one sitting members. The sitting members all went to the safety -- safe parts. That told against the Labor Party, especially in Mount Lawley and Morley. That was one of the things that cost them government. In 2013, Labor withdrew from many seats. We're seeing the impact of one vote, one value.We're seeing that Labor has claimed victory in this election. And Andrew O'Connor is out in Labor HQ in Rockingham. How is the cautious confidence?Well, can you hear... The cautious confidence has been well and truly thrown to the wind. A night that started with expectation and hope has now ended welation. The people here are simply elated at the size of the swings, the massive win that Labor has secured for itself. There was a huge cheer when Antony Green put up that chamber diagram showing Labor with 40 seats. Now, for many of these people, this is a very sweet victory. Many people will remember the shock loss in 2008, when Alan carpenter went to the polls in a snap election and found himself out of office. They will remember the crushing loss in 2013. They were fighting a king tide of anti-pathy directed towards the Rudd-Gillard, Rudd years. They are cheering every single seat that has fallen, particularly those that are unexpected. The marginals in the east like Belmont, Forrestfield, when a seat like Murray-Wellington came up, transforms a huge cheer here. The mood has shifted to elation. They're waiting for a concession speech from the Liberal Premier, Colin Barnett and the arrival of their leader and soon to be Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan.A few potential, most likely future ministers in the background. Paul Papalia and Roger Cook in there. When do we expect to hear from Mark McGowan?He has to wait for Colin Barnett to make a concession speech. They have told us we'll be alerted as soon as that happens. We have future cabinet ministers in the room with us now. Deputy leader Roger Cook, Paul Papalia, who has been the corrective services spokesperson. He said it will be a very crowded caucus room. The implications of the victory are starting to set into the minds of the supporters and the minds of the members who have been campaigning so hard. They were very quick to point out to me it wasn't just the campaign mistakes of the coalition or of the Liberal Party, it wasn't just Western Power, they say it wasn't the One Nation preference deal, they ran a very disciplined campaign in their view, they put forward very credible policies with credible costings and they believe that is what is responsible for the very significant swing they experienced tonight.And we spoke to Emily Piesse out at Liberal Party HQ, the shock was not at the result but the size of the swing tonight. Are you getting that sense from ALP there?Yeah, they're surprised by the size of the swing and primary vote. There was a general apprehension. They said they were quite nervous about the result. I think that the range of expectations that existed in this room tonight were a very narrow victory, or something like slightly more than that. I don't think they truly anticipated they would get this sort of thumping result.Andrew O'Connor at Labor HQ, thank you. Let's take a look at some other results. These are ones right on the edge of being decided.Yeah, Kalamunda, a seat held by the health minister, John Day. A long-term MP and minister. We're not getting the preference counts yet. But Labor is ahead on the first preferences. And there's 12% for the Greens. And we're factoring that in, and where the polling places coming from, a swing of 11.6% in Kalamunda. That's a preference estimate. But at this stage, it could yet be that John Day has been defeated by Matthew Hughes, who is the school principal at a community college. It's been a successful for them there, a candidate change. Quite a swing.And to Bicton, Matt Taylor ended up contesting it.A lot of the Liberal best booths were already in at that stage. It's actually started to drop now, because some other booths are coming in. The Green and the independents are both directing preferences towards Labor. And we got some preference estimates and at the moment, it looks like 11.4%, enough to tip it over. That's a seat I would want to see a preference count in. I don't have any yet. But there's another seat which could yet go. But there's many seats beyond that fall.And Murray Cowper has held that since 2005 for the Liberals.Labor is leading on first preferences. The Nationals have 12.6, One Nation, 10' 6. This is based on a preference count of 7 of the 22 polling places that the swing is 14.9. If that holds up through the rest, then Murray Cowper will be defeated by Robyn Clarke. That is such a surprise. I didn't expect to see that sort of swing outside of Perth. It may well be that widely decided vote -- divided vote, I can't remember if the Shooters Party has directed preferences to Labor. I just got an update in Pilbara, but Brendon Grylls and Kevin Michaels, are just close. Some shooters and fishers on 10.7. The Liberals will help Brendon Grylls hold that seat. There's been a big hit on first preferences.The Shooters Party have preferenced One Nation, well, that would be interesting. But... One Nation could get ahead of the Liberals on shooters and fishers preferences. But the Liberal preferences would favour the National Party. The shooters and fishers preferences would favour Labor, from memory. Still in doubt. Going right down to the wire. Now, gentlemen, both sides seem to be shocked at the size of the swing. Can you sign yourselves up to that point of view, Tim?What Andrew said resonated with me. I was coming in here with an expectation we would get government. I had expected us to claw in the seats until Balcatta. 9 seats of that sit from 8.9% to 13%, if we can get 3 to 4 of them, we are looking at the 13-seat margin. This has been in many ways a vindication for Mark and the team, just in relation of how the campaign has operated. Those of us who do this stuff all the time, sometimes the cogs in the wheel don't always mesh together. You have the leader's office, you have the candidates, and the other process, which is all about trying to raise money to compete in the democratic process, the fundraising. As a result of Mark's leadership and his tenacity and discipline, all the cogs worked together very well. This is why we're seeing this result. What is being rolled out in the field by way of the volunteers, brought over and adapted from the democratic model has really resonated in the community to take advantage of the circumstance that was left by Colin Barnett.Michael, what do you pull the size and severity of the swing down to?There will be need to be a significant post-mortem. We haven't found this unsuspected, it opportunity -- unexpected, the swing has taken out seats that we would have hoped that we could have kept in our column. But we do need to, after every election loss, you take time to take stock, what went wrong, what could've been done better and the Liberal Party will need to do that. We'll regroup very quickly. We always do. To take the fight up to the government, which is what of course you need to do in democratic politics. It's not up to me to lecture the local party about what went wrong and what didn't. They will have a significant post-mortem. Tim's point that the Labor Party had their act together in this election is I think a fair one. They were notoriously not particularly good campaigners up until now. In 2013, it was a very lacklustre campaign. It's fair to say the Labor Party have pulled to get in a way we -- together in a way we haven't seen. They have been a weak link in the campaign apparatus and that's put to bed with this result tonight. So clearly, they had all their horses pulling in the same direction.Jess, you get the sense it was everyone on the same page?I certainly thought that Labor ran a more united campaign. The Liberals did struggle, largely to stay on message. For Colin Barnett, he has done a good job, did a great job at holding the government together with no leadership challenges until right at the end, and even then, it was a failed challenge. He did provide a massive level of stability over his terms in government. I was contacted by Liberal MPs and people in the party, they would be compiling lists of complaints they would be putting forward about how this campaign will be run. A lot of recrimination and fallout, what is always the way, it doesn't matter which side wins or loses, but certainly it felt there was a lot of disunity.We may be close to a concession speech by Colin Barnett at WA Liberal HQ. We'll bring you some live pictures of those now. We sense that people are getting ready for that speech to happen. We'll stand by and move that to the corner of the screen in order to keep an eye on it. It must be one of the hardest moments in any politician's career. Trying to make a speech like that.It will be very difficult. I mean, it's going to be a very tough moment for Colin. He really worked for this state over an extraordinary career in politics. He got into politics in sort of 1991. He quickly took a leadership position within the Liberal Party, and all his time in politics, he was either leader or deputy leader. And the stability that we needed in 2008 was provided by Colin, who came in the a remarkable set of circumstances and took the Liberal Party into power, that was quite extraordinary. When he did that, he set about getting stuff done. And he got an enormous amount done during this period. It will be very difficult for him to make this concession speech, but he can look back and be proud of an enormous career.We'll move now to a few seats that are still in the hunt here. Jess?Yeah, back to Burns Beach. That is the Liberal minister, Albert Jacob's seat. Mark Folkard has a 27-year career in the police. He is ahead on first preferences. The Greens on 8.6, and we're seeing when we factor in the polls places and the count, we're seeing Labor Party on 50.8, aware not giving that away at that stage. A preference count that has narrowed slightly on the preference count, but at this stage, Labor still ahead.And Geraldton?We're getting preference counts in this electorate and this has been quite an upset. It's certainly, we can't call this electorate. Let's stay on the first preferences. Labor is on 34.9. Now, the preference count we're getting in that electorate is between Labor and Liberal, and it's an actually preference count and we have a swing to Labor of 12.3%. They're ahead on the first preference and more, I haven't got the good booth for the Liberal Party, but it's one of those names you remember, but at this stage, Labor is ahead of in Geraldton. It's in doubt. And that means there's been quite a leakage of preferences for the Labor Party to win Geraldton. That is shades of 2001.So sorry to cut you off here, Colin Barnett is entering the room in Liberal Party HQ. He is preparing to make his concession speech. We'll go to live pictures. A rouses reception from the Liberal Party faithful as he takes his stage to make his concession speech. We're about to hear...

Thank you, all very much for being here tonight. It's fantastic for Lynn and I to arrive to that sort of reception. So thank you. (CHEERING) First, can I congratulate Mark McGowan and the Labor Party. They have had an emphatic, convincing victory. I do sincerely congratulate them and wish them well to provide good government to the people of Western Australia. I would like to thank all of the candidates, including sitting members of Parliament, all of the campaign teams, the many, many volunteers, who have worked on booths for the Liberal Party and indeed, for all parties, right across this great state of Western Australia. I particularly want to thank the Liberal Party headquarters, all those who have assisted in so many, many ways. We ran in my view a great campaign, there were a lot of factors out there, but at the end of the day, time was probably the factor. So thank you very much. And it is adaunting thing to think about literally thousands of people across Western Australia, over an area the size of Europe, out there, peacefully exercising their democratic right to cast their vote, and their democratic right to support the party or the candidate of their choice. So I thank you all, a great demonstration of West Australian democracy. Well done. (APPLAUSE) To those particularly, those Liberal members of Parliament who have lost their seat, my heart goes out to you. In a campaign, you put every effort into it, and to your families, and your staff, and all those affected, politics is a brufl, harsh business, and that is a devastating thing and it leaves people's whole lives in limbo. It's an enormous emotional strain and it happens in politics, that's the nature of the beast. So I thank you for being members of Parliament. I thank all of your staff for the work you have done for the Liberal Party and the government of Western Australia, you have done us all proud. (APPLAUSE)

When we won the election in 2008, and I became the state's 29th Premier. I made some commitments. Some to myself and some I made publicly. The one I made to myself was that I would give it my best shot. Maybe that wasn't good enough, but I assure you, I have given it my best shot in every sense. (APPLAUSE)

, and the pledges I made to the people of Western Australia way back in twailingt -- in 2008, that we would be a pro-development government, and we have been. And we would be a government caring and compassionate for those in need, and we have, and I also said we would be a government of integrity and we have, and we shub proud of that -- should be proud of that. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) So I'm sure there will be all sorts of analyses under taken as to and why and what happened. I won't be part of that. I will sit back and let others do that. To me, the overwhelming fagter was time. And it is a phenomena I guess, particularly in Australian politics, that the electorate, the voters, only give a government, a people, a certain amount of time. It seems to be the trend. And during the 8 and a half years and that we've been in government, we have seen 5 Prime Ministers and 5 Premiers of New South Wales, and 4 of Victoria and so on, so we have provided long-term, and stable, and in any judgement, very good and ethical government for the people of Western Australia, in often very, very difficult circumstances. For myself... (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

For myself and Lynn, can we just simply say, thank you. When I first went in politics, I did always have an ambition to be one day be Premier. Many times I never thought I would achieve it. To be Premier of Western Australia for 8 and a half years, in the post-war era, second only to Sir David Brand in the '60s, it would be a rare event in the future. So I want to say to the people of Western Australia, I thank you so... So genuinely and sincerely for giving me the opportunity to be the Premier of the great state of Western Australia. It's a great gift you have given to Lynn and I and I will treasure that for the rest of our lives, thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thanks. Thanks very much. Enjoy the night.

Colin Barnett there, with wife Lynn. The concession speech at the result of this election. Tough, probably, for Colin Barnett to make those comments but one that was not unexpected, surely, as a result of both external and internal polling. Michael Keenan, your reaction to these words?I'm very sorry to see Colin Barnett give his concession speech. I have talked about his legacy in Western Australia, enormously substantial. What he has achieved as Premier is remarkable. You can't under estimate him as a figure within the Liberal Party as well. In 2008, we just lost the federal election to Kevin Rudd. We had wall to wall Labor governments in every state and in the Federal Government. And Colin, against the odds, took us to government in Western Australia. What happened over time, the Liberal governments won in other parts of the country as well. So psychologically, it was vitally important that Colin won that election for the prospects of the Liberal Party. So he'll be a very significant figure in Western Australia, he'll be a very significant figure in the Liberal Party. While it's Labor's night tonight, there's no question of that, they have had a very, very solid win. I hope West Australians over time will appreciate the work that Colin Barnett did on their behalf.I think that Colin was very gracious in this words. As I prefaced my remarks, it must be acknowledged the role he played in that party. To fend off a leadership challenge for so long, it speaks to two things, perhaps a vacuum behind him, but no doubt that over a period of time, he ran a pretty tight ship. But I thought it was a class act of Colin's tonight in relation to the speech. The question becomes tomorrow is a new day, and what happens with the Liberal Party tomorrow. He spoke then of a commitment to being a development government, and that would probably be, as Michael argued, how he'll be remembered. How will, what is Mark McGowan's government to going look? Look, I think it's important on nights like this, particularly when we're seeing such profound results here, let's focus on the good Government being done well by Mark McGowan. He'll seize this opportunity by the mettle. His cabinet, his former shadow cabinet, now cabinet, has significant depth to it. You still have really solid contributors. But you got this incredible addition of talent and youth. Someone like Ben Wyatt, for example, the Liberals have 7 treasurers over 8 years, Ben Wyatt has been the shadow Treasurer all the way true. You won't meet someone more ready to take the state coffers. This bodes well for Mark, supported by some stellar candidates who have done a terrific job. They will be hoping for a repication of the -- replication of the stability we have seen with Colin Barnett.We use this word in politics a lot -- the notion of a mandate. There's

left from the front and he deserves the mandate he's been given in terms of stamping his opportunity in how the state looks going forward. And you come back to those election promises of his that really do see a fork in the road for the community in WA. We're going to see a challenge thrown down to Malcolm Turnbull about what he's doing to do with this money for Roe 8, he has to make a decision about that pretty quickly. He offered an alternative vision in relation to metro net, to Western Power. He has not given into this populist notion of delivering something he can't promise. It will see the state get back to a position of financial credibility. You can do this with a team like this, good government done well. Jess?

to the premier's speech I agree with Tim, I thought it was a very gracious speech, and te motion on his face said it all for me, mean -- for
emotion said -- on his face said it expecting
for me. I think he was largely lose it
expecting this result, and he did lose it a couple of times with the media, more from trust -- frustration. And for me and others who do this job we thought he might me
be expecting this. -- result. Both me and Mark McGowan have very good work ethics and they work very hard. We like to say bad things about politicians and we don't always have a lot of respect for them. Both leaders worked extremely hard during this campaign. It was -- campaign. It was a -- it was a very long and difficult campaign. Michael, you mentioned the post-mortem that will go on. Can you give us bit of a sense of how that happens or what is involved in it. Well, when people send you a message you need to work out what the about
message meant and what you will do about it. It won't be up to me to explain to the state party how we go about that. But I don't doubt we Party
have very good people in the Liberal the
Party room. They want to understand result
the mess thanks can get from this result and they will regroup very quickly and start to look at what lessons can they learn. There's very little you can do about the primary factor that's responsible for this time
result which is ultimately this it's time factor. No-one served around the country for as long as Colin. served
It's very difficult when you have served for so long, when you've been making decisions to say, "I'd like your confidence again after 8.5 years." There's nothing you codo about that. That will attract itself to anybody in that position as long as they've been the longest served leader by quite a margin around the country. That will be a factor, that. They
there's nothing they can do about that. They need to look at the policies, what they can do to rebuild. We wish the new government well. They should go forward with our good will. But they're facing very substantial difficulties I don't think you could realist click say their campaign rhetoric explained what they're going to do about some of the challenges they will
will face in government and that will need to start to make decisions and that will give opportunities for the Liberal Party to present an party will
alternative vision. That's what our party will do. Tim Hammond, was it just time?No. It was a lot more than that. That is presented
the initial challenge that is presented to an Opposition. Because there is no doubt that there was a for
sense that Col linl had done his job for a
for a long -- Colin had done Liz job takes
for a long period of time. But it takes an Opposition who can successfully persuade a community that they present as an alternative government. And that really was and
Mark's challenge. It's all very well and good to say that it's time for Colin and the conservatives. But we the conversation
saw so many other different parts of this
the conversation in the course of way
this campaign. You know, we saw the way in which the conservatives and Colin managed their campaign, in which we heard more about the Nationals arguing with the Coalition Liberals and
- Nationals arguing with the Liberals and fracturing this alliance. Then we heard about One Liberals
Nation doing the dance with the Liberals and that completely, in my view, obliterated any real sense of Liberal campaign
consistent messaging from the Liberal campaign team. What they terms
were spending their money on in wasn't
terms of their paid advertising guys
wasn't matching up with what you basis.
guys were reporting on a day-to-day of
basis. That's going on, but with all of that you still have to present as a credible alternative government. The voters out there have to see Mark and his team as someone who can take the reins tomorrow and do and deficit
something about arresting the debt and deficit and make these decisions about infrastructure that's going to make the state look completely different. They've clearly done that here.Apologies -- Apologies. We'll come to you in a moment. We will bring you some pictures from Labour's H request where -- HQ where we are expecting McGowan to make his victory speech. before this
He was waiting for the concession standing
before this could lap. We are standing by to await McGowan's victory speech. The moment he -- a moment he has no doubt will be waiting for, for a long time, and will saviour greatly when it laps. We will bring you that as soon as we see movement from there, Jess, returning to you.Yeah, my take on the campaign and results tonight. I was
think clearly the results show there was an appetite for change, and I think that is a big factor that's played out but I think Tim was right as well in the sense I think Labor ran a very December minuted, well -- hearing
organised campaign. I kept hearing -- hearing from Liberal MPs almost the
every day that there was a feeling the campaign was almost quite out of of
touch with voters and the concerns earlier in
of voters. As an drew spoke about earlier in the night, the premier stadium.
was announcing statues at the new to
stadium. People love the stadium but to talk about statues at the stadium, rock up on a peninsula and hot desking for a handful of public servants, I had Liberal MPs calling me tearing their hair out saying, "McGowan is about talking about jobs." I think there seemed to be a they have
broad feeling and obviously when they have a look at the campaign, as they always do, I think that will be -- there will be - there'll be a lot of criticism where the focus was and the positive narrative the Liberals could have projected in terms of all was
the infrastructure they have built message
was sent home enough. Whether the message got out there strongly fluff for the Liberals. I have to say watching this vision something about red hats with white writing on it after the US election. It jars with me a -- me. I saw it very much
and wondered what is going on.It is very much a state listen based Labor campaign over there.Yes. As you'd expect, very quited -- excited people over there waved. It's been a long time coming for them, I'm a -- sure a very exciting night. Tim, regardless of whoever won this election, it was gonna be a the budget
tough ask in terms of the economy, the budget situation. You know, are they hampered from the very start hampered
regarding that?Well, I don't think hampered is the way that I would describe it. I think again a lot of this comes down to how well we manage expectations in the community. And again part of the reason why we need to work so hard community
to instil the confidence of the community in us as public officials, as politicians, is to make sure we One of
don't oversell and under deliver. One of the key parts of the discipline in this campaign was to - for Mark to bring back to - these are the problems, 90,000 unemployed. $40 billion worth of debt, almost $4 billion worth of deficit. This is how we have to tackle it, in a way that doesn't see us cave into that. Western
This is why the departure I won't on Western power was so important. They feel it in their hip pockets, they feel the high prices. Remaining something like Western Power was the right thing to do in terms of managing expectations which is what these guys did every step of the way. One of the things that sometimes - call me cynical.I would call you a lot of things but not sin skal. Sometimes what you see with incoming governments is they take a look at it wasn't
the books and announce that perhaps it wasn't as good as they thought. Can we not do that in WA because of the pre-election treasury figures that we have seen?Yeah, the pre-election financial statement I think allows someone with Ben and Mark and Rita to stand up and make a more considered set of assumptions about how the state finances are going to go. But, look, I can't sit and Rita
here and pre-empt what Mark and Ben and Rita are going to say once they get in there and have a look at the books. What I do know is having since
known Ben Wyatt for about 25 years, since we were in primary school together back in the day, he isn't someone who is going to sell us down the river in terms of how it is that we take that path, that hard path, back to surplus. What is the big - you know, what are the big challenges I guess, not so we -
much challenges, sorry, but how can four
we - when we're all back here in the
four years' time. How can we measure the success of the McGowan government? What have - how will they nail their colours to the mast? Yeah, good question, and again I think what's been an energising factor about this campaign is we seeing Metronet,
have seen lines in the sand. We're Roe
seeing Metronet, not Roe database -- Roe 8, not an outer harbour and seeing the retention of Western Power in public hands. We have clear markers. As I said before, the numbers speak for themselves and it's about making sure we keep people in jobs. Mark will implement all those promises about how it is he's going Western
to increase access to jobs for Western Australian, tear up the 457 visa requirements. He was very the
consistent and considered on that at the election.Again, when you saw Mark wave around in April 2016 this red manifesto which was a plan for set
jobs, and effectively -- it became a which he
set of key performance indicators in which he needs this government to be judged by and I know he's up to the task. We're looking at the figures roll in. It's looking very lonely for the Liberal Party in the chamber. Without calling the next election already, they are starting from a return?
long way back. Is this a long will
return?Depending on what the result will be, we'll be in a very similar position to what the Labor Party was with the
assuming we get a cogs or alliance with the National Party. We'll be in a similar position to Labor in 2013. notwithstanding some
There is a very clear way back, Tim has
notwithstanding some of the things Tim has said, I think in terms of they're
what Labor set out at this election, link,
they're against the Perth freight link, against selling Western Power. They're for Metronet but it's going to cost significantly more than they've been told it will, and difficult
beyond that I think it's quite difficult to get an understanding how they will govern. That will not
provide opportunities if they are not making the right calls for the state for the Opposition to go out would
there and say, "This is what we would do in government, these are the priorities we would be chase fg we had the opportunity to do so." Mark McGowan
Sorry to cut you off. I'm hearing Mark McGowan is in the building, rocker there, the deputy whipping up to people.To introduce you to the Australia,
next Labor premier of -- of Western (CHEERING AND
Australia, McGowan! (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) -- Mark McGowan!

Waiting on Mark McGowan to make his way through the gauntlet. How Australian is that? McGowan somewhere there making his way up through the fans there. A glimpse of be
his - top of his head there. Might be all we're seeing for a while. I this
mean, he must be really saviouring hard
this moment, Tim.He's worked so hard for it. Don't forget, this journey for him started 20 years ago -- years ago, but again in having taken
significant adversity in 2013, having taken the party to an election and lost. Here he is quite victory.
rightly saviouring the fruits of his Seeing off that leadership challenge from last year, which was seen by more than a -- than a few analysts leader.
as the making of him as the Labor leadership
leader.I think it galvanised his leadership and it certainly locked his caucus around him and he hasn't was March.
taken a backward step since. That was March. The jobs release was April, and really the - with a lot of hard work and discipline, the juggernaut rolled on from there. I mean, how long does he get to enjoy this before we're back to work and into it?Look, I think... Getting up tomorrow?It's not for me to say, he's the premier these days, not me, but I would have thought is right.
given how hard he's worked, and Jess is right. These guys are literally from sun up to sun down and then some. Not seeing a lot of his family, his mum and dad are over in the caravan at the Rockingham park, Marion and Dennis, I saw them today. G'day to
They were going beautifully. G'day to them. Are they listening? of
They sure will. He deserves a bit of of -- bit of time with his family his
but I'm sure he's ready to roll up his sleeves. That's the funny thing about it. You leave it all on the field when running through the campaign and right.His
then the work starts.That's exactly right.His daughter Amelia must be tired. She's had an enormous role in this campaign.She's been bit of a rock star. At the launch I understand she even had a bit of artistic direction in relation to the song, not TNT. The last song.Which I thought was didn't.
going to come from Trolls but it Even starting that campaign with 59 - is that correct, blitz.Every shot. Dbli get exhausted taking a red eye to Sydney let alone 59 seats. That's extraordinary. It set a
the tone.Yes.Again I think it was a really appropriate thing for a leader to do in terms of what he expects from his team. You know, you you
look all of your team in the eye and seats.
you can also say you've done 59 them all
seats. It's a big state and he got them all done. He's getting towards members of his ministers under
cabinet most likely, shadow ministers under the Opposition.The deputy leader Roger Cook. about to
And it looks like we may well be about to hear from him in a moment. No, Roger Cook, again, it's perhaps easy given the magnitude of the victory to underplay these guys in the held seats had. But Roger fended off strong challenges from an Independent for a couple of terms and deserves the fruits of his others
victory tonight and a swag of those others as well whose margins were not considerable. Before tonight. Reece Whitby.Third time's a charm. That's right.There must be something in the water further south. He gave two red hot goes but slooes
again to his credit rolled up his slooes in Baldivis and worked it -- sleeves in dal and Baldivis and worked it -- Baldivis. There's a guy who worked behind the scenes, same office, deserve
with Patric and Len in the back which I'm
office, deserve a lot of credit, which I'm sure they'll get. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

I can see a couple of selfie sticks in the crowd.Thank you, thank you! Thank you. Can I just begin by saying thank you to the people of Western Australia? (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) To the people of Western Australia, you have been magnificent. Can I also just say there. Western Australia is truly a wonderful state. (APPLAUSE) It's the greatest -- the greatest greatest
people in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. I love this place. It's done more for me than I can ever repay. I came here 27 years ago in my Corolla across the Nullabor, and today - and today the people of Western Australia have made me premier. (CHEERING AND
Thank you. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Today, West Australians voted for hope and opportunity over desperation and division. (APPLAUSE) Today we showed we are a state of decency and intelligence, not a state of stupidity and ignorance. Today, as always, West Australians country.
showed the way for the rest of the country. (APPLAUSE) The core Australian values of equality, fairness, merit and election campaign.
opportunity shone through in this election campaign. They are West Labor's
Australian values and they are Labor's values. Thank you to the great Australian Labor Party. (APPLAUSE)

Our great party, which stands on the side of every day Australians, and a better -- and a better quality of life for all has been successful in Western Australia today. Our party is responsible for so much of what is good in our country today. Today we have demonstrated our resilience, our tenacity and that when the cause is just we will prevail. (APPLAUSE)

is just we will prevail. (APPLAUSE)
With success comes responsibility. program.
And the obligation to implement our approach.
program. It's time for a fresh (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) We stand for WA jobs, WA jobs first. (APPLAUSE) Decent health care, quality education, community safety, Metronet and responsible financial management, and we will not privatise Western Power. (CHEERING AND

We will get to work immediately on carrying out our plans. We will elements of
consult, listen and work with all elements of the West Australian community. We will govern in the interests of all West Australians. (APPLAUSE) I have met thousands of West Australians over the course of my time as Opposition Leader. In schools, hospitals, workplaces and shopping malls. Across the suburbs, and across the regions. West friendly people,
Australians are hard-working, kind, friendly people, decent people. You deserve good government, and with my team I am committed to delivering just that. Now I'd like everyone
to provide some thank yous to everyone here. It has been a long, hard road for me and my team. To our congratulations. (APPLAUSE)
successful candidates and members, congratulations. (APPLAUSE)

congratulations. (APPLAUSE)
enjoy the moment. Can I acknowledge the state secretary Patric Gorma -- (APPLAUSE)
Gorman and the Labor headquarters? all the workers, the volunteers, the union movement. (APPLAUSE) Labor supporters
the union movement and all of the state.
Labor supporters across our great state. This was a truly great campaign. And I'd like to especially acknowledge Labor's community action network for all you've done. Thank who
you - thank you to all those people who were out there doorknocking, phoning, handing out, people who are currently scrutineering at polling booths. You're terrific. I can never staff,
repay you. Can I acknowledge my --
staff, in particular I acknowledge -- Guy Houston, Joe Gains, Danielle and Carina Graham in the Rockingham office? (APPLAUSE) A great effort on behalf of everyone on my staff. And to all those candidates who have not been successful tonight, can I thank you for your efforts? It's a tough time to run and not win. I appreciate everything you've done and we thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) Can I particularly thank the people I want
who came from over east to help, and I want to in that context mention a few. Can I thank Bob Hawke? (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) I achieve one of my lifetime's ambitions during this campaign. I had a beer with Bob Hawke. (APPLAUSE) over three
Can I thank Bill Shorten, who came over three times during the course of the campaign. (APPLAUSE) And can I thank former premier Geoff Gallop who came from Sydney to help as well? (APPLAUSE) who
And can I also acknowledge someone who didn't come from far away but my friend and mentor Kim Beazley. A great West Australian. (APPLAUSE) here tonight.
Without Kym I wouldn't be standing here tonight. -- tonight. Can I also thank our premier Colin Barnett and his wife Lynne after their long service to the state of Western Australia? Can I especially acknowledge Premier Colin Barnett on his many years of public service Western Australia.
both as a minister and premier of Western Australia. Thank you, Colin, Australia. (APPLAUSE)
on behalf of the people of Western

can I thank the people of Rockingham? (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Thank you - thank you for your support again. You've been so good to me over such a long period of time. I can also never repay you. Can I thank my family? Can I start... (APPLAUSE) Can I start with my mother and who
father-in-law, Gwen and Neil miller who are over here. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. (APPLAUSE) can I thank my own mother and brother
father, Mary and Dennis, and my brother Michael, who are here on the stage as well. I love you very, very much and I hope I've made you proud today. (APPLAUSE) and to my mum and dad, can I make a special thanks. I think you helped today.
me win the caravan and camping boat today. With that front page photo. (APPLAUSE) three
To my beautiful wife Sarah and our three children. (APPLAUSE) To my beautiful wife Sarah and and
three children - Samuel, Alexander and Amelia. I love you very much. And without you, I wouldn't be here today either. (APPLAUSE) Finally, again, can I thank the people of Western Australia for the won't
trust you have provided to me? We won't let you down. (APPLAUSE) my team and I will govern in the public interests on behalf of everyone in Western Australia, irrespective of how you voted today and irrespective of where you live in our great state. Thank you so much to the people of Western Australia. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) And lastly... And lastly, the work starts now. Thanks very much. (CHEERING AND

That was the premier elect, McGowan there, speaking to the party faithful at Labor HQ in Rockingham. Tim Hammond, your reaction to that. Yeah, look, I think it was - you again
know, it was measured from Mark, and again I think what we saw there, like Colin's speech, was a speech with really good grace, appropriate to acknowledge his -- appropriate to a long
acknowledge the premier. They've had a long hard, road. Pleased to see Right
AC/DC in the background. Right down to the music.Ak ka Dakar he touched
is still showing through. But again he touched on these notions that are appropriate for where we are - hope, opportunity, acknowledge those parts talking
of the cogs and the wheel that I was do
talking about before. And you really is
do get a sense as to who the bloke is tonight, particularly holding his family so dear and dear, talking about his folks and his struggle to the good
get there. So, you know, touched all the
the good areas that a speech from the current and next premier of Western Australia should. Michael.I thought it was a good speech. I thought he hit every note had
a premier elect should hit and he had the good grace to acknowledge also
Colin's service, which I think is also good. You do need to acknowledge Mark's achievement here tonight. If we'd been sitting on Opposition
this panel in 2013 when he was the thumped,
Opposition Leader who just got thumped, who would have thought he the 2017
would be the guy who took Labor to the 2017 election? He's seen off some collages to do that, so it has been - you know we talk about Colin's remarkable career when he came back in 2008 but I think we should acknowledge that McGowan has had quite a remarkable career to hold on to the Opposition leadership to begin with this and this of course is a very, very good result for the Labor Party.What I also think we can't ignore, we skirted around it a bit, but we have to come back to it, this distinction we're seeing in terms of the Federal state interplay. Here we have Mark acknowledging former prime ministers, former leaders and Bill, who had come over three times. appropriate mess
Again, it kind of sends the appropriate mess paj at the moment that these guys are working lock stock, which is appropriate, and I think as this result starts to wash through and particularly to Malcolm Turnbull, you're not getting any sense of the same unity on the other side of the fence.Well, the West Australian premier should never be Ministers and
that friendly towards Prime continue
Ministers and I'm sure Mark will Howard
continue on.You guys brought John Howard over.We did bring John Howard over. But ultimately, of course, these campaigns are fought on local issues. It's never been the case that Prime Ministers have featured very strongly in any of our campaigns that I can recall and I wouldn't have expected this campaign to be any different. That's not a commentary on Federal politics just a commentary on politics in Western Australia.

I will get back to this - if Colin Barnett's government was the big development government, what will Mark McGowan's government be? Without trying to oversimplify it. What will their legacy be? You have seen Mark articulate an alternative vision for the community in Western Australia. We have seen him articulate a massive infrastructure project in metro net. When you look at the scale and size of what metro net is planning to do, in terms of revolutionising the way we get around the place, bringing the northern suburbs into the city, the concept of a ring, a ring rail around the metro area, it's the sort of infrastructure plan that can see Western Australia change direction. I think what we're also going to see here is a very conservative measured approach to getting the books of the state government back into a surplus, in a steady as she goes manner. It gets back to what I was saying before. There's not a quick fix in terms of arresting debt and deficit. It needs to be done with discipline, in making sure we reduce our spending and sees our promote local jobs by addressing what we do to satisfy the criteria of visa, and doing something about the number of unemployment.I thought it was bold of Labor to run by Metronet, and then to rebadge it, in same name, but they changed the pron. They made it a little smaller. That was quite brave. It was a popular idea, and the issue now is delivering on that. There's a lot of assumptions built in how some of it will be financed. That's where the issues start to come for Mr McGowan. Look, the truth is, it's going to cost significantly more than what Labor were saying and they will need to grapple with that. As much as we're talking about a slow, steady march towards surplus, without asset sales it will be incredibly difficult for Western Australia to pay down the debt it has. In the promotion of mos asset sales, we're were promoting the only credible plan to make a significant impact on that death. I think glad that Tim is talk being debt. It will be an enormous priority for the government. But we haven't seen any indication of any vision. It will blow out to $40 million by 2020. A plan that the electorate believed in, or not one of the issues they were concerned with. Let's have a look at the critical seats still up in the air.Back out to the Pilbara, Brendon Grylls's seat.Going to look at the first preferences on this one. We can't sort out the preference count. Kevin Michel, the Liberal on 14.8, the shooters and fishers preferences may flow to One Nation, that puts them ahead of the Liberals. The Liberal preferences will help Brendon Grylls. It's a bit of a dog's breakfast. I suspect that Brendon Grylls is favoured at this stage. I wouldn't want to call that. And Kalgoorlie in the mining and pastoral region? Wendy Duncan is retiring there? The Nationals may have a good result in agriculture regions, but not quite as good in mining and pastoral. The Nationals are on 24-5. Therefore, One Nation preferences are going to favour the Liberal over Brett Crook. It's -- Tony Crook. It's very hard for Tony Crook to win from there. A difficult call. You need to determine, start from the preference count from the bottom and without out who is knocked out. Kalgoorlie and Pilbara are very complex and we don't know yet. The new seat of Baldivis, it would be a case of third time lucky. I bring it up, Reece Whitby will be fine. But Matt Whitfield as an independent has finished second. That will be a lot closer than expected because it's just the fact the independent will pick up a fair few preferences from around the camp. Whitby will be there. Especially as the absent votes will favour Labor.Sorry, just support exactly what you're saying there. The feedback from the ground in relation to Reece's campaign in Baldivis, that was the independent Whitfield was running a pretty significant local campaign. He was the local councillor there. It's fair to say that Reece had expected his challenge to come from Matt Whitfield. It backs up what is fed through from the ground. Let's look at the state of play.31% for the Liberals. 42.2 for Labor. One Nation, 4.6. One Nation have done worse than the polls, the Greens have done better. If we look at the change in votes, it's the collapse of the Liberal Party first preference vote. The National vote is slightly down. And just look at the two-party preferred, the two-party preferred swing looks like 11.6%. 54.4, the two-party preferred estimate in the polls, that's very preliminary. A lot of seats that around 2-party contests and we don't know the result on that one yet. I will look at the chamber and some seats changing and the seats that remain.Our current definite seats won, we're giving the Liberals 11, Nationals 4, Labor 38. Our current prediction takes Labor up to 41. An enormous majority in West Australian politics. Geraldton is very close and difficult to work out. And Kalgoorlie and Pilbara. Very difficult to project through to the final result. Geraldton, the Liberals are just ahead, Jandakot is 5050 at the end of the night. I think that Terry Redman is fine in Warren-Blackwood but the Liberal Party has slipped in third place. And the seats that are changing - I will go to the new members. Some of the new members. Balcatta's, Bunbury, Don Punch, Darling Range, Barry Urban, Dawesville has Zak Kirkup, forestfield is Stephen Price. Joondalup, Emily Hamilton, Jessica Stojkovski, who I didn't even have a picture of. Some of the seats get beyond your list. And Mount Lawley, Simon Millman, Murray-Wellington, I'll have to have a look at it. That's not Robyn Clarke. When you get a landslide, you get some of your errors in the seats you haven't checked. And this is the scale of the victory that's gone on tonight. At this stage in the upper house, I'm only seeing one, One Nation member elected. That's a glimpse of the upper house. This is the state of play for every electorate in Western Australia. So regardless of where you are, you can track the vote as it stands. Antony, take a big drink of water. Jess? We're off to the south of the state first. In Albany.The Albany, Peter Watson has easily won. The Nationals have passed the Liberals to finish in second place at this election, which is a good result for the Nationals. It's a long time since they finished second in Albany. Peter Watson has easily won that electorate. A bit of a low count at this stage. A Labor stronghold?It's even stronger tonight. The Labor two-party preferred has blown out by 15%. The member has been returned easily.Balcatta in the northern suburbs? One of the seats that changed hands. David Michael is the new member. Chris Hatton has been defeated and the seat returns to its traditional home in the Labor Party. Had about Baldivis, the new seat?We looked at the figures. Reece Whitby will be fine. But the independent has finished second and I suspect the absent vote will work very strongly in Labor's favour there. And onto Bassendean, that's in the eastern area of Perth. Kel Dave Kelly, a former union boss. A safe Labor area.That's a 16% swing to Labor. Some of these seats for Labor, Labor didn't have many seats above a double digit margin, they got a fair few this time.Bateman, the former transport minister Dean Nalder's new seat he is contesting. He has easily retained that seat. That's the safer end, it's a very different seat to the old Bateman, that was held. He was easily elected. He had a 12.9% swing against him, but it was a very safe seat.And onto Belmont, a former Labor leader Eric Ripper's seat. When you have one of the most marginal government seats, Godfrey won it last time. And this time, she - Cassie Rowe has won easily with a swing of 13%.And onto Bicton, a seat that Matt Taylor was too keen to contest, but he was preselected for that one.At the end of the night, at this stage, Matt Taylor is 3.4% behind. We got the Greens preferences there. The actual preference count has Labor ahead by something like 800 votes. So at this stage, we're predicting that Bicton will be won by the Labor Party.And Bunbury in WA's south-west.An extraordinary result. Don Punch has got 45% of the vote. The Nationals have picked up some Liberal vote. And maybe One Nation. But in the end, after preferences, there's a 24% swing to Labor in Bunbury. And Don Punch has a margin of just under 12%, a complete reversal of the margin that the retiring member used to have.And up to the northern suburbs, the seat that was Ocean Reef, now Burns Beach. What is happening there?Mark Folkard is ahead. A good vote there for the greens. And their preferences will help. At this stage, a 13% swing to Folkard. Another minister, Albert Jacob, the minister for environment and heritage, has been defeated in Burns Beach. And John Quigley, the Labor MP in Butler since 2001. He's been battling in marginal seats for many years and he just got a 20% swing in this favour. I don't think that... Yeah, he's always been battling to hold onto his seat and he had to shift across the metropolitan area at one point, but well and truly romped home in this contest with a 20% swing. And out to Cannington, Johnston has held that for Labor since 2008. Cannington had a margin of 2%, and it's gone to being a very safe Labor seat. He's the son of Graham Jacobs, the mayor for Eyre.And to Carine, he's the whip, Krsticevic.He's back, more than 50% of the first preference vote, which means he'll win the seat. He has a swing against him 8.4%. That's one of the smaller swings.And to Brendon Grylls's old seat, held by Mia Davies for the Nationals. The Nationals vote has well and truly held up. Their vote is up on the last election. I can't remember the last time that Labor finished second in Central Wheatbelt but the Liberal vote has collapsed. It's a thumping victory for Mia Davies. And Churchlands in the Western suburbs, held by the mines and petroleum minister, Sean L'Estrange.He's been easily re-elected. The swing against him is 5.8%.And Cockburn in the state's south. Logan got a bit of attention towards the end of the campaign.And Logan, the shadow minister for housing, local jobs training and workforce development. A lot of new people who want to be on the front bench very quickly. A large increase in the caucus. And future south to Collie-Preston, Mick Murray. 49% of the first preference vote. Up against 18% for the Liberals, 13% for the Nationals. It's the Liberal vote that has taken the big hit. After preferences, he's got 65% of the vote. That was the sort of marginal seats you may have got the Collie thurt years ago. Now it's a much larger electorate. He had to get a swing of 3% just to hold the seat and the swing he got is 18. Back to the seat of Cottesloe, held by Colin Barnett.He has easily held the seat. The Labor Party with nearly a third of his vote. The swing is 7.1% to the Labor Party. The western suburbs haven't joined the general swing to Labor.And Darling Range, Tony Simpson held that seat for the Liberals?We haven't got a preference count. If you look at the first preferences there, Barry Urban, 42%, Tony Simpson, 30%. It's an easy victory for Barry Urban on those first preferences. No way the numbers are going to turn around on the preference count. Not quite sure why we haven't got a preference count. And Dawesville, the former Deputy Premier, Kim Hames, retiring at this election. He only has 37%. Schumacher as the independent got 10. We got a preference count, and at the end of the night, it's 51.2 for Zak Kirkup, the narrowest margin we have seen since Dawesville was created. He's a senior advisor to Barnett and former deputy director of the Liberal Party in Western Australia.And ute to Forrestfield, a bit of a background there?This is the third election and the third time a new member has come in. He won in 2013 but he's been defeated this time. Stephen Price has won with a swing of 11%.And onto Fremantle.Very safe, just a look at there Green vote, which is always interesting. Let me see. They are just behind the Liberal Party. She will easily win. I suspect the Liberals will stay in second place. But that's a significant green vote. She's the shadow minister for children, consume community, and women's interests.He is only just ahead.We have a preference count in all of the polling places and Labor is on 49.9. That is line ball. We'll have to wait and see what happens later. And Girrawheen in the North Metropolitan region. Girrawheen, it's a very safe Labor seat. There's been a 14% swing, on paper, it was marginal before the election. But Margaret Quirk, she's the shadow minister for bushfire preparedness, she's been easily re-elected in Girrawheen. And Hillarys in the northern suburbs. A bit of a battle here, a preference count between Labor and Liberal. Peter Katsambanis, an upper house member, has the trivia question about him, he was a former member of the Victoria Legislative Council. We see a preference count, and Katsambanis is on 53.6, that's a 12% swing to Labor but he'll win the seat.Rob Johnson joins us from the seat in Hillarys.It's not looking particularly good, obviously. Do you think that it's obviously not the result you would have wanted? Look, obviously I would have loved to have won tonight. It was always a big chance that I took. It's very difficult when you're going against a huge party. Especially when they put massive resources into one seat, they put resources they should have been putting into Wanneroo, into Burns Beach, and into Joondalup, but a mass amount of money into this particular seat. They wanted to get rid of me and that's fine. Some of them didn't like me, I didn't like them. But that's life. Can I say, with Katsambanis, he was a failed candidate, a failed member in Victoria, and that's why he came over hoorks here, it's a poor result to have a member here. Particularly when they have the opportunity of a good member, the powerbrokers and the religious cults over turned.But that's life.Yes?I was just going to say, you know, we have had a lot of talk during this campaign it's been a particularly nasty campaign. Do you think that was a problem for all the candidates?Look, it was a problem for me. This is the dirtiest campaign have I ever suffered. To suffer it from a Liberal candidate and a Liberal party, I never suffered that sort of dirty campaign halves dishonest and full of all sorts of dreadful things from the Labor Party. With Peter Katsambanis and he had a cast of 1000 coming over from the eastern states.Rob, you sidled up to Labor over the past couple of, probably the last year You were quite close with some of the Labor MPs and you were quite open about that. What is your reaction to the result tonight, in terms of the Labor victory? Congratulations to Mark McGowan and the Labor Party, for them, it was a fantastic victory. The people of WA had enough of Colin Barnett and the Liberal Party, and the loss of jobs and everything else, the loss of the triple A credit rating, you name it, he and his Liberal colleagues are responsible for it. You have seen a massive swing away for it. I feel sorry for the Labor Party in many respects, it's a hell of a job for hem to pick up the pieces that Colin Barnett has left them. By $15 million every single day.Rob Johnson, thank you very much for joining us this evening. We're going to resume looking at the seats, the state of the board.Can I speak in defence of Peter Katsambanis, he's a lovely family man. Is doesn't give Rob credit to slag him off.He's one of the only MPs who went on the record about receiving the death these on the eve of the campaign. Back to the seat runs then. Antony, out to Jandakot. Joe Francis's seat since 2008. We need to see Jandakot. Absolutely line ball at the end of the night. In Jandakot, not sure we can get it back to the graphic. In Jandakot, Labor is ahead by 50 votes at the end of the night. It will put Joe Francis in danger of losing. We do not know. We have postals to come, that traditionally favour, on the past trends, would favour the Liberal Party. But that's an enormous swing, a loss for the Liberal Party if that one goes.So Joondalup now. It's a safe Labor gain. Norberger is ahead. We have got postals and Edgewater to come. Labor just ahead on actual votes but we got them further ahead. At this stage it, looks like a Labor Party gain. It may look a little bit different but Norberger is in a bit of difficulty. And up to Kalamunda in Perth's east, John Day, the health minister's seat.He looks to have lost this seat. He is behind, well, he's behind on first preferences and he got 12.9% for the Greens. Ray Gould, he was actually stood a -- aside it. Has Labor on 53.2. It may come down to 52. That looks like Matthew Hughes is the new Labor member for Kalamunda. I think he's the first Labor member for Kalamunda. And to Kalgoorlie, Wendy Duncan has retired. Look, these are newer figures. Kyran O'Donnell is now leading. On those numbers, O'Donnell would be the new member. I would favour the Liberal Party on those figures. That looks better for the Liberal Party.Up to the Kimberley. Farrer won that for Labor.Josie Farrer has been returned as the member for Kimberley. Rob Houston, the son of Sir Angus Houston, former head of the Defence Force. And in the northern suburbs, Kingsley, Mitchell, a Liberal minister has held that since 2008. She may be facing defeat. At the moment, she is just ahead. A significant vote for the Greens. And the preference count on everything but the postals puts her something like 300 votes behind the Labor Party's Jessica Stojkovski. It looks like another defeat. Labor has only won Kingsley once, that was in 2005.Roger Cook easily elected. He had a bit of a battle with independents in the past. But 57% of the first preference vote. And Mandurah, still in the south, David Templeman has held that for Labor since 2001.He got an 11% swing and his margin up to almost 19%. When he first took it on, it was a marginal seat. And to the seat that I live in, Maylands. Lisa Baker had that one for Labor since 2008. She's got a swing, more than 50% on first preferences and she increased her vote with a big vote from the Greens.A wonderful result for Lisa, very hard working in her local area.Michelle Roberts had a bit of a fright at the last election, but not the case this time.She can relax. She was chewing fingernails for about a week last time. Her margin is something like, over 40,000 votes this time. And Mirrabooka in the eastern suburbs. She's has hugely increased the margin.More in the your -- in agricultural region.Labor in second place. Shane Love has been re-elected. His vote is down slightly, but the Liberal vote is down, and the One Nation vote has gone up. That's the trend across all the agricultural belt. The campaigning against the National Party, they seem to be getting reward.And still in the north-eastern suburbs. Ian Britza had held Morley since 2008.He doesn't hold it any more. And Amber-Jade Sanderson, currently at East Metropolitan MLC, she has a huge majority.Mount Lawley, the seat that was held by Michael Sutherland, the speaker of the lower house.Millman is the new member there. With 11% for the Greens, an easy victory for Simon Millman. Murray-Wellington in the state's south. You were surprised about what was happening there? Murray Cowper in a bit of trouble there?

We have a preference count in every polling place and Labor is 390 votes ahead. At the moment, we're projecting that Labor will win it with 51. %. If Cowper has a good postal vote campaign, he may narrow that margin, but that's a real shock. Bill Marmion continues to hold this seat. Won it very easily. Some strong Green votes in these inner northern suburbs but still, Marmion is easily returned. And in North West Central, former Labor turned National, Vince Catania. A Liberal with 15%, a disendorseds One Nation candidate, we got a preference count considerable no, we don't have a preference count. We are estimating that Catania will have over 50% after preferences. And Perth, Eleni Evangel picked it up before, but not in case tonight. John Carey, just over 50% of the vote, and after preference, more than 62%. So it's a big victory for him.And up to the Pilbara, and Brendon Grylls took the seat at the last election and won it. He is contesting it tonight.Yeah... Who knows. (LAUGHTER) , they'll be counting that for a week. No indicative preference count in that. A lot of scrutineering trying to knock votes up. The Liberal preferences will help Brendon Grylls, you first got to work out whether the shooters and fishers will help One Nation get ahead of the Liberals. They were quite strong with a preference deal in that electorate. No deal. Riverton.A swing of 8% against him which is smaller than most seats around him. psh --. 8% swing. He holds it with a margin of 4.7%, it redistribution.
was made much safer by the And the new premier lect seat, -- Rockingham.
rocking hachltHe's got another 10%. -- Rockingham. He's got another 10 a swing
MERS. He was only one of two to get a swing to him last election. He holds a seat with roughly 73% of the big
2-party referred vote, which is a big effort. Terry retiring as the MP.Yeah, getting bouncing around figures. Peter won't be run down from 43%. There will be, I would estimate, at least 30% of the Labor preferences Greens
will leak to him as will some of the Greens and I think he looks safe to win the seat. Scarborough.
Scar bri, Liza Harvey.Re-- Scarborough. Lee sa Harry. He's won it easily. The One Nation candidate how
had her problems, not handing out party yesterday.
how to vote cards after leaving the party yesterday. Liza Harvey, elected and probably the favourite to be the Leader of the Opposition. South Perth, John McGrath.12.5% swing against the Liberal Party. But John McGrath has been easily re-elected.Southern river was going Abetz
to be a tough battleground for Peter Abetz who's held it since 2008.He's been defeated. Terry Healy has 50.9%. 19.5% swing, that's enormous. I think he haulz always had an inflated margin. He was hurt by the redistribution but 19.5% is not a swing that comes from nowhere. Swan Hills which had been held by Frankal bin.Jessica has 53.3%. The swing after preferences was 17.7%. We're going to go to Jessica, who has picked up that seat. I think Hills. Thanks
she's out in the electorate of Swan Hills. Thanks very much for joining us.Hi, Jess. How are you? I'm well thank you. How are you? How ice the mood there tonight? You must be ecstatic.It's fantastic out here.

We appear to have lost that. We'll come back to it. We'll carry on with the seats and Thornlie. Chris, Labor frontbencher, now presumably to be a minister in the East Metropolitan region.The old goes knells seat. He picked up
also picked -- Gosnells seat. He picked up 14%. Rob ran a colourful campaign with songs on the street, putting in quite an effort. But he was never going to win a seat like Thornlie. And Vasse.Only four candidates in this contest. There's more than four candidates now. We have a couple of stray candidates at the bottom not standing. It's the first time we noticed that all night. Mettam has got 46% of the votes and will win it. We're going to go back to Jess, and electorate she's
we think we've got her in the electorate she's won. Thanks for joining us this evening. I was talking about how you must be feeling, ecstatic I'm sure.Yeah, in Swan
it's just feeling. The feeling here in Swan Hills is fantastic and we're lucky we've had such a positive conversation with the people of Swan Hills and statewide we've had such a McGowan's agenda.
resounding mandate for Mark

Complaining the boundaries of that seat under the redistribution, a lot more new emerging sort of suburbs and very much shally -- centrally around Ellenbrook, has the broken promise of the Liberals on the rail delivered for Labor?I think so. One in
thing I've been hearing from people in the electorate is people feel let down by the Liberals out here. We've been able to have a really positive conversation with people in Swan Hills particularly around the live project.
-- delivery of the railway line project. But it's not just about that rail but it's about bus linkages, community safety, delivering a police station 24/7. People out here are concerned about community safety and into the hills people are deeply concerned about the privatisation of Western Power. It's a great thing that we have managed to finally have a party elect indeed want hills that has a plan and a positive agenda and will the community
deliver the promises we have made to the community out here. Just on Western Power, obviously there was a lot of help from the unions to run what some dubbed a scare campaign but obviously it was something you were getting feedback on as you doorknocked and going through shopping centres, there was a real concern in the community with thing
the sale.There absolutely was. The not just
thing for people in Swan Hills, it's not just about the hip pocket Western
implications that the sale of Western Power would have. For us up in the hills, we are genuinely concerned about fire risk. The paramount importance of the safe and reliable electricity and the network can't with underemphasised in Swan concerned
Hills. So people were very deeply concerned about the sale of Western Power, and obviously retaining in the state's ownership means the revenue will continue to come into the state's coffers and we can start looking to a more sustainable and supporting the
exciting renewable energy future and supporting the industries of the future that Mark McGowan outlined in his plan for jobs.There's been much said about Labor jumping out the blocks early and appeared to have caught Liberal off guard. Did you this election?
feel overall it felt helped Labor at this election?I think what it gave very
us an opportunity to do was have a very long conversation with the electorate about what our vision was for Western Australia. McGowan campaign.
certainly hasn't run a small target ideas,
campaign. We have put 200 fresh ideas, explained them well to the our
community. The community understands our ji Dane and -- agenda and given us a resowning endorsement.Thank celebrations.
you for joining us and enjoy your Jess, goodnight.
celebrations.Thanks very much,

Cheers -- cheers. There. We're on new treasurer's seat, Victoria Park. A very safe, big victory for Ben Wyatt here. Ben's been easily elected. Very strong result and a swing of 12.4% towards him. Northern suburb, it was going to be tough for Lee-Anne Miles, the that.
minister in Wanneroo.It's been that. The Liberal vote is down 27%. the
Basically halve aed, Winton, 48% of the vote. She's won easily, a margin of 8%, swing of 19%.The southern suburbs, Warnbro, Paul will be a minister and he's held it since 2007.A margin of 24%. Some of the southern metropolitan seats are safer for the Labor Party. Always been safe but safer now. And to Warren-Blackwood.I'm sure Terry is re-elected. Labor doesn't finish second. I'm still getting a National Liberal candidate in my preference form. I can't get it to do a National Labor count. I think the Greens will keep Labor in second Terry.
and Ross's preferences will elect Terry. But he's been - certainly in he was
a safer position than last time when he was doing it but Terry I'm sure will return as the member. West Swan in East Metropolitan, negotiate yags Liberal after the redistribution, not the case tonight.Yes, Rita needed a swung to her I -- her. I don't think she was in any doubt of losing the seat. She's got 60% of the first preference vote, 17.8% swing to Labor. Rita easily returned there, safely the member for West Swan. Lastly to Willagee, Peter's seat since 2009.Yeah, big swing. Quite a cut in the redistribution but Peter has 54% of the first preference vote, swing of something like 12.5%. No difficulty holding the seat. of
There you have it. That is the call they
of the board, all the electorates as they are currently in place. Let's go back to Antony Green for one last time to give us a recap of the overall numbers and I'm not sure how much you have on the upper house, whether you have any results there chamber
you can share with us.I'll do the chamber first and the seats we're definitely giving. Bottom of frame has been keeping up-to-date. The seats we're definitely giving is Labor, 38, National, 4, Liberals 11. Had to take Pilbara and Kalgoorlie out. It looked like they were safe but the numbers have hopped around so it's hard to know. Liberal vote down to 11 is a terrible result. The overall prediction. At the moment we're coming up, 40, 6 and 13. If Labor gets to 30, that's the majority of 21 in the Legislative Assembly which is enormous. If we look at the vote, that's occurred at this election, overall, 31% for the Liberals, 5.4 for the nationals. Pretty much on those parties what the polls were predicting. The Greens have done better, One Nation worse. It's the collapse in the Liberal first preference vote. and
That's been the story here. I'll go and have a look at the - I'll break it down and look at the - let me see I need to look at the metropolitan area first. 33.6 to 45 in the change of -- and the change of vote is 16 down, Labor up nine. If we go through to the regional areas. The 2%.
Liberal - the National vote is down Pilbara and
2%. We have a lot more results from brought
Pilbara and Kalgoorlie which have brought the national vote down through the evening. The overall vote in that region, 23 for Liberals: Neck and neck outside of Perth. 8.9 for One Nation is much outside of
less than I would have expected they
outside of Perth. I was thinking they would get 13%, 14%. At the moment I only have them as likely in one seat. Couple of defeated members. Chris Hatton, Glenys Godfrey, Albert Jay sob, Rob Johnson, independent, John Day, Michel, Sutherland, Speaker, Murray Cowper, Peter Abetz, quite a collapse there in the terms of the members defeated so it's a really bad defeat. I think the seats remaining in doubt at the end of the night. Geraldton, Liberals just ahead. Jandakot, I expect Geraldton and
will go to the Liberals. Kalgoorlie and Warren-Blackwood, I think that will be won by the Nationals. That would leave four seats in doubtment have
on the legislative council, if I can have a look at my numbers there. counted.
We've got in the overall - 29% counted. I'll have to have a look at my other table here. There's been quite a vote for those tiny parties moment I
everyone was talking about. At the moment I have 15 Labor, 9 Liberals, five Nationals, two One thanks, two Liberal democrat
Greens, one fluoride free WA, Liberal democrat and accurate and shooter fisher and farmer. That's counted so
only with about 29% of the vote counted so there's a lot more to come on that. If Labor has 15, two Greens, I think the Nationals will have a very powerful influence in structure
the new chamber. As the current structure of the chamber does help got
the Nationals and they seem to have got five members at this stage. girls,
Well, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, that is where your electorate been some
and state sits tonight. There have been some surprise results in some seats. It was the result that was widely expected, perhaps not on this scale, though. But Western Australia has a new premier, McGowan, and his And
Labor team have won in a landslide. And this is where we finish our coverage of WA Votes on TV for now. Thank you to our election analyst Antony Green, to our panellists Federal minister and Liberal MP and Tim -- Peter and Tim Hammond and Jessica Strutt. Tomorrow Mr Cassidy will desect what it means for the continue
state and the Federal level. You can you're
continue to see the counts at: if you're particularly keen AM is on from eight o'clock tomorrow morning on ABC radio. I'm -- I'm James McHale and from all the team at the ABC election centre, take care and thanks for your company. Goodnight.

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Richard Roxburgh is the co-creator
and lead actor in the ABC series Rake. He's also the author
and illustrator of a children's book. His story began in a country town as the youngest of six kids
who fell in love with acting. Richard Roxburgh, thanks so much
for coming on the show. It's great to see you. Pleasure. Thanks, Jane. When you were single, I used to read profiles about you
that talked about your loneliness, hanging out in hotel rooms.
Oh, really? God, it sounds
terribly self-indulgent, Jane. (BOTH CHUCKLE) I'm sorry you had to read
about all of that. Well, I suppose lately,
given that you have two kids and a very active
actor, TV-chef wife, do you find that you are surprised
sometimes how much family life
has grounded you? Yeah, I am.
I guess it's kind of, it's proof that your life can change
for the better and that so many elements that you thought were such a kind of
intrinsic part of your make-up, that sort of terrible self-doubt,
periods of kind of real bleakness, they don't necessarily have to...

..they don't have to be
a part of your make-up. You were the youngest of six kids. Did you feel...included
and part of the family? Because I think you described
yourself once as being a bit mad
and generally difficult. Well, I was, without doubt, the most
difficult of my parents' children. I mean, the poor things, 'cause, you know,
they'd had five good ones, and they probably thought,
"I mean, it's not so bad. "We can just... You know, a sixth. "Who's going to...?
You won't even..." "We won't even notice him."
Yeah. Not so. I really made myself felt. You didn't discover theatre
or drama until you were in year 11. And I think it was
Death Of A Salesman that you were in. I think you had the lead part. I was the death, yes. (LAUGHS) Willy Loman. Did that bring your parents pride
when they saw you perform? I can remember my mother
being quite sort of... I think she was quite shocked by it. Did it do something for you,
that performance?

Yeah, it hammered a big mark
inside me and that never went away. You are also a bit of an artist. I mean, you're publishing,
I believe, a children's book that you've also illustrated. When did you start to draw and paint
and create art? I've always drawn these pretty silly
kind of line drawings and squiggles and doodles and things and caricatures of people
in my family and teachers...

..which wasn't always good for me.
(LAUGHS) But I had some great source material
in the town that I grew up in. We had an aunty,
called Aunty Marge, who lived one block
from my high school, which was enormously embarrassing
because she was kind of like... I mean, she was I guess
a kind of idiot savant. She was a genius. She was a brilliant pianist,
she used to teach piano.

But in her later years,
she kind of used to cycle around weaving all over the road
with her dog in the shopping basket, called Macaroni, and clack
her dentures out at everybody. My high school friends as well,
on the way to school. And everybody knew
she was Miss Roxburgh. So that was great,
when you're an adolescent boy. Come on! Come on!
Well, you give it your best shot. Rake is now in its fourth season. Come on, then! Whoo-whoo-whoo! Huh. Argh! Shit! Argh!

Fuckin' turd.
Oh, God. (SCREAMS) (ALL SCREAM) It took up a bit
'cause, you know, the ABC... We don't...we don't normally do
stunts like that, so it was a very proud moment
for us. (ALL SCREAM) In the series, Barney becomes
a sort of minor celebrity, and there's the line
from his partner, Nicole, which says, "You didn't do anything.
You were just in a basket." (CHUCKLES)

But now he's... Well, he's famous. Is that in a sense looking at,
I suppose, how easy it is for people
to become celebrities these days? Well, yes. Look, I think it's about the kind
of strangeness of celebrity. The strange idea that people...

..want that and that it is something
that really has some currency. For a start, Jane,
I never know who anybody is. I will pick up a magazine if I'm at the dentist or something,
I will have no idea. And I can say to my wife, you know,
"Who are any of...?" I don't know.
It's a thing I don't understand. I know it's connected
with social media.

Which you don't do. Which I don't do. And which I don't want to do.
I don't like it. I don't even like
being on the phone. (PHONE RINGS)
MAN: Oh, shoot. The big celebrity stuff,
like the celebrity of, you know, the, kind of, Nicoles
and, you know, Kates... I... For me,
it's an absolute nightmare... ..that I wouldn't
wish on somebody I despised. The horror of not having my privacy. And being in a kind of prison,
I suppose. Terrible. This sort of, you know, the first example of it is to be
a member of the Royal Family. I would rather set my hair on fire. No offence, but, you know... ..I couldn't stand it. I've heard you say
that you're probably the least organised person
in the known world, maybe in the universe. You don't do time,
you don't do dates, and you're bureaucracy-phobic. As a director... (LAUGHS), can you outsource those skills?
I can see where you're going! (CONTINUES LAUGHING) Yes. Well, as a director,
you actually can.

Yes. Look, I actually found
directing a film almost unspeakably hard.

Not in the sense of organisation,
that wasn't the problem. The problem was...

..the problem was the inevitability
of the day and the... ..and the bumping up against
the kind of incredible banality of budget and time. And I found that on a daily basis, the most kind of awful, exhausting, spiritually-depleting things
I could ever imagine. I just thought...

I mean, there's this great quote
about - from Woody Allen, I think - talking about...on day one
of filming, how you hear the sound of
a big truck backing up and opening the doors and a whole bunch of compromise
being poured out all over your set. Do you worry what people
think about you? (LAUGHS) I don't really,
I don't think. Look, I'm always just trying to do
my best in whatever I do, and I know,
I work hard at it, I...we work incredibly hard at Rake
and beyond that, I don't care. I don't...for instance,
when I'm doing theatre, I will never read a critique, because I just won't. What does it do to you
to read a critique? I mean, even if it's
a good one, possibly... ..hopefully.
Yeah...well, I think it's dangerous. Because if you believe it,
when they...when it says that you're extraordinary,
then you have to believe it, then you're forced to believe it
when it says you're rubbish. And I think you can't do that. As an artist,
I think you have to say, "I am just doing what I believe in. "I'm doing it
to the best of my ability." And beyond that,
it's not a kind of...'s not a focus group. Any shenanigans,
my manservant Warner... Are you hard on yourself? Yeah, yeah. Terribly hard on myself. So, when you don't like
something you've done or you feel it hasn't lived up
to your expectations, what do you do? Oh, I get depressed, you know.
(LAUGHS) I mean, I think
something's changed a lot in the last, probably,
15 years of what I've done. And that is that I don't do anything
that I don't believe in anymore.

So, there are jobs
that I did in those years that I just think, "Well, this is
kind's not me." And now, once I hit that point,
which was a terrible point, where... It's terrible to feel... ..embarrassed about your work. Horrible.
It's the most horrible thing. And I vowed after it I was never
going to allow that to happen. And I think a part of that
is taking charge of it yourself and just saying, "No, I can't do it.
I can't do that role, "I'm not going to be
in that project, "because I don't...I wouldn't
want to watch it myself." Is it cruel to ask
what you felt embarrassed about? Oh, it's probably impolitic more
or undiplomatic to do so and so I can only say that,
you know, there are some, you know, sizeable American jobs
that I've done that know, that I didn't enjoy. I don't think
they were my finest hour.

Do you worry at all about the future? Whether there are going to be
good roles, good jobs as you become more mature,
shall we say? Well, thank you for putting
it like that, Jane. We do live in a civilisation
that is very bound to the next best thing. Who's the next Baz Luhrmann? Or who's the next Margot Robbie? 'Cause she's Margot Robbie,
she's done. So, we're like that and it'll get
kind of crazier and younger and younger. It's like, you know... And, so, there is that. But I'm a big devotee of kind
of creating your own circumstances, creating your own luck. So, hopefully I'll find, I'll keep
some sort of stragglers around me who are, you know, good collaborators,
great collaborators to keep coming up with material if nobody else wants
to write stuff for me. (LAUGHS) Richard Roxburgh,
it's been a great pleasure and I'm sure we're all looking
forward to Rake five. Thanks, Jane.

And I hope you enjoyed this redux
version of One Plus One. You'll find the full interviews
on our website.

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Hello. I'm Pip Courtney.
Welcome to Landline. There's little farmers can do if their vulnerable crops
are outside in bad weather. But more growers are spending up big to provide permanent protection
on a large scale. A system developed in Canada is being hailed a game-changer
for Australia horticulture. And one Bundaberg grower is so happy
with his new $3 million investment, he's cancelled plans
to leave the area and will spend millions more
protecting even more cropland.

Daniel Scavo's vegetable-growing
business is based in Bundaberg. And the only reason he's still
in the district is because of this...

..his new $3 million Cravo house.

The Canadian-designed structure, with retractable roof panels
and walls, covers 4.3 hectares
of tomatoes and capsicums. Before the Cravo house
went in and up, the Scavos planned
to get out of Bundaberg after the region was walloped
by bad weather five years in a row.

MAN: We were out of the business. We'd lost three consecutive
Roma crops in a row, our yield numbers were pathetic and everything we put in that box,
you know, you had to hope for a market
that was high enough for a return to be able to plant your next crop. And fighting disease and increased
spray rotations and insects... It was just... It's too much work. And so, if you look at
a couple of these trusses... For local agronomist Jack Millbank, it was heartbreaking to watch so many
clients suffer year after year. Many of the growers,
particularly in this area, just went out of tomatoes
and planted macadamias. Who wouldn't rather just have
a nice, sane existence with, you know, macadamia production as opposed to the high levels
of stress, market volatility and then millions of dollars
exposed to the elements that could be wiped out at any time.

Before leaving Bundaberg, though, Daniel Scavo
tried one last way to stay. He flew to Mexico
to see a Cravo house.

The pitch was he could produce
glasshouse-quality tomatoes without the glasshouse price.

Designed in Canada 40 years ago, Cravo was originally for
small, high-value operations, like nurseries. But a design change and new materials
recently made them affordable for large-scale
fruit and vegetable growers.

Crop protection can now be measured
in hectares, not square metres. The bill for 4.3 hectares
of crop insurance - $3 million. Me and my director
had a quick conversation. We walked out of the structure,
we walked back into the structure, we looked at each other
and we both nodded and pretty much said,
"This is the thing we need to do."

Those who thought
the multimillion-dollar spend crazy saw its worth in spectacular fashion
in October, 2015. The day before its official opening, Bundaberg was hit
by the worst storm in 50 years. SCAVO: We had four inches of rain
in 20 minutes. We had over 100km winds and we had a hailstorm, at night,
which is very rare. So, our field crops
were absolutely decimated. We lost practically 60%
of our field production in one hit, in 15 minutes. But the house did
exactly what it was built to do - it shut up shop
and it protected itself. And we were lucky enough
to still have a Roma crop throughout the next
three or four months.

Each producer programs the house for
their particular crop and climate. Weather sensors activate motors to fully or partially close
the roof or walls.

Closed, crops are protected
from heat, rain, hail and frost. Open, sun and rain is let in, heat
can escape and airflow increased. Once bad weather is detected, the polyethylene roof can close
in two and a half minutes.

Josh, my farm manager,
can walk away at five o'clock and look at this place
and go, "OK, worst-case scenario, "we're not going to get wiped out." You know? Best-case scenario, we're not
going to get touched at all, which, two weeks ago,
there was a weather event again, all over Queensland and the system did
what it was supposed to do and protected the crop.

Both the quality and yield
of the tomatoes has exceeded expectations. I've never seen size like this
at this height, especially, you know,
traditionally a field-grown product. I mean, we still have
a fruit set up here, so that'll actually go even higher. So, it's quite...quite impressive
for a traditional trellis.

Two weeks before Landline visited, bad weather caused a field-grown
tomato shortage in Queensland and prices tripled, leaving the unaffected Scavos able
to command top dollar in the market.

MILLBANK: Weather marking
is one of the big things that has a huge impact
on the price - so, little rub marks
on the tomatoes. And, so, yesterday, with the pick,
97% first-grade fruit packed up.

We're shooting for 40,000 cases
for the next crop, which will be close to double
what we get in the field. So, realistically,
we would be getting 70 to 80 tonnes that we'd be working on
in the field, but we're going for 130 tonnes. So, it's a significant increase
in yield.

Jack Millbank says
tomatoes grown this way have the taste and resilience
of slower-growing field-grown fruit and the near-perfect appearance
of glasshouse hydroponic ones. MILLBANK: As a hybrid system where you can control the elements
as you would a greenhouse, but still produce in the ground... And, you know, we use compost,
all the traditional growing media that you would use in an outdoor,
natural growing system, to produce a full-bodied,
full-flavoured tomato, but with the benefit
of the greenhouse protective system, you know, controlling the climate.

There have been some unexpected
but welcome results, including a reduction in spraying,
a 70% drop in water use, and the bees stayed. SCAVO: We thought
there was going to be an issue that they wouldn't want
to come into the structure, they'd stay out in the field. But I just think it's a good,
natural, protected environment and I think they're happy. Protecting the crop means
that for the first time this operation is able to meet its
commitments to national retailers. It's not about money, it's about
keeping your customer happy. And the only way we can increase
consumption of this product is if it's available at the highest
standard at all times of the year. And that's what
we're really trying to achieve. The plan is to quadruple
field coverage here by 2021. MILLBANK: I think this is
going to be a watershed in the high-value
horticultural market in that suddenly this is not a cost,
this is a necessary investment. The first Cravos
were installed in Queensland. MAN: 'Cause we're not putting in
the heating system, these guys are able
to stay in the field. We're seeing probably a reduction
in the capital infrastructure to anywhere to one-fifth to half of
the cost of a high-tech glasshouse. Bede Miller says
they're now spreading south as a range
of horticultural operations adopt what's called
protected agriculture. The vine crops
in the warmer climates - tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums. We've actually seen
a lot of interest from the berry and cherry market, where a lot of conventional methods haven't allowed them
to hit their target windows. So, we're seeing quite a lot of
interest from the southern markets - Tasmania, Victoria, Perth,
markets like that.

While the numbers add up
for higher value crops, producers of lower value crops are beginning to see a role
for the houses as well.

Koala Farms at Gatton
in south-east Queensland grows 500,000 lettuce a week as well as broccoli and cauliflower.

What are the climate risks
of having a vegetable operation here? Well, the no-brainer's hail. We've had last year...outside we
had three hailstorms in one season. That was a bit hard to take. Obviously, it didn't affect
our nursery, but hail's the big one,
storm damage, wind damage. And heat. Heat can also be bad.

Yeah, what do you reckon
about this germ? It looks pretty good.
It's nearly a full germ. They used to buy seedlings
from nurseries to plant out in the paddocks. Now they grow their own
in their new protected nursery.

STAATZ: We hold about $200,000 worth
of plants in here at any one time. So, the roof adds
a fair bit of value. You know, we don't have
that hail risk or that storm risk that you would have
if you had it growing outside.

It creates a very even crop
out in the paddock and it provides consistency
with your product at the end. So, how they start has a big determination
on what you finish with.

This isn't cheap.
What made you invest? STAATZ: We see a good future
in the vegetable industry. And we've been around
for generations - we want to be around
for generations to come. And, so, we saw it as
a key opportunity for us to reduce some cost
and add some value through quality.

Anthony Staatz
says it's been like Disneyland, with curious producers
asking for a tour.

Oh, look, the weather's getting
more and more unpredictable and the value of the crop's
getting higher and higher, so there's no doubt
that protective cropping will become more and more common
in the future, yeah.

Koala Farms
won't cover whole paddocks as the profits just aren't there. For higher value crops, though,
it is worth it.

In Tasmania, where cherry growers
battle many weather enemies, the first retractable-roof house
is going in.

Weather-wise, the lead-up to harvest
is a high-risk period, which is frustrating as the Tasmanians have the lucrative
Chinese New Year gift market to themselves, but only if the weather gods play
nice and they can get their crop off.

MAN: Our importers rely very heavily on us being able
to supply every year. They pre-sell a lot of product. And, so, getting rain
right on the death knock of harvest and ruining our crop, is just devastating. It's bad for our reputation.
It lets everybody down. And that's why protective cropping is going to be
an essential thing for the future.

To extend the picking season
and spread their geographical risk, Reid Fruits is planting out
a new orchard at Jericho, an hour north of Hobart. At 450 metres above sea level, it's higher and further inland
than any of the Reids' other farms. It will be windier and frostier
and snow is a possibility, so four hectares is being covered.

Half the $2.5 million price tag is being met
by a Commonwealth Government grant.

REID: The Cravo could nearly
pay for itself in a year. Certainly in two years of poor
crops, we could get our money back.

But year on year, we're going to get
improved pack-outs, so that's going to contribute
to the payment that will be repaying us every year.

Tim Reid believes he's one of the first commercial
cherry growers in the world to use the technology, and predicts it will be
a game-changer for Australian horticulture. It takes the risk
out of climate change and it'll open the opportunity
to produce some new crops in places where they haven't
been produced before. So, this is the way
the world is going to go. It's a really exciting,
new innovation. And I'm particularly excited about the ability to open and close
the roof so quickly, all automatically.

The houses, which are sent out
from Canada, are like an IKEA pack and they go up quickly. "Just like a Meccano set,"
one grower told me. All you need are local shed builders
to do the job.

What do you think of these, Andrew? They look alright?
Yeah, they've come up well. While he'd like to, there are no plans
to cover all their cherry plantings as it's just too expensive. It all comes at a high cost. And we hope in the future with more and more of it
going into being used, the price will come down.

I think it's going to
spread everywhere and in time, it'll be
the only way to go in the future.

is a personal trainer that lives 120 kilometres
from the closest gym. Nice. Swing about.

Ah! She's aware it's a little unusual.

That's a big part, is seeing the
possibilities beyond the impossible. (LIVELY CHATTER)
MAN: You go round there. WOMAN: Boys, can you step up
on to the apron on the back? At the back. WOMAN: Step up, boys.
Can you step up? Julie Brown
also knows a thing or two about thinking outside the square. Alright. You look great, guys. Thank you.
(CAMERA CLICKS) She started
an online swimwear business from a dusty sheep station
eight hours away from the beach. I just had this voice in my head
telling me to keep going, even though it felt mad.

Joy and Julie both hail from
the central west of Queensland where drought has dominated most
lives over the past five years. But when everything around them
was dying, the small seeds of two
big business ideas began to grow.

We had no control over the weather. And, um, I felt, though, that if I
worked really had on Coola Cozzies, I could have an element
of control on that. I could make a difference. I'm really actually thankful that
the drought changed my thinking. 'Cause at that point, I was thinking I couldn't possibly
fit another thing in. Now I wonder
why I took so long to start.

Weathering the highs and lows
of life on the land is something the Brown family
has come to know well.

The drought is a slow, silent
and merciless thief. It just gradually
takes things away from you - takes the grass away, takes the
water away, takes the stock away. Um... And it starts taking hope away.

No rain, no grass and no stock - the drought has driven us
a little crazy. So we've channelled all that crazy
and every cent of our savings into Coola Cozzies to bring high-quality,
beautiful swimwear to you. And please pray for rain
for outback Queensland. (ALL CHEER)

Trying to sell swimwear
from outback Queensland in the middle of the drought, that is... Yeah, it sounds pretty stupid.

But it was something
that I could have control over. I thought,
"Well, there's a niche in the market "and, um, even if it's
really, really tough "and even if it's a crazy idea, "I'm going to take a swing at it."

Julie's video
of the Coola Cozzies gang quickly attracted
thousands of views online. It was the stark reality
of what was happening out here. And, um, also, I guess it's not every day that you see swimwear being launched
from a dusty paddock, so that had a bit
of a novel appeal as well. What do I do, Miss Ingle? For months, Julie spent her days
in the schoolroom with kids Bronte and Xavier and her nights
working on Coola Cozzies. I can't believe the hours
that she put in researching, um...on the internet. You, she would teach
during the day then work all night. Um, she'd come to bed,
you know, 11:30, 12:00, where I'd been asleep since 9:00. It took me a long time
to actually achieve anything because I didn't know where to look, I didn't know who to talk to. And, um...yeah, I sort of
didn't really have any contacts.

(LIVELY CHATTER) 18 months on,
the Coola Cozzies crew returned to the same paddock where
their first photoshoot took place.

OK. The backdrop looks vastly different. On the count of three,
"Happy Christmas, Coola Cozzies." One, two, three. ALL: Happy Christmas, Coola Cozzies! I think we've had 311mm,
just very slow drizzle, uh, which has grown
a huge body of herbage. So we have brought a few sheep back, not as many as we sold originally, but, you know,
we'll see what happens.

Along with the grass, Julie's
business has also been growing.

We've had orders
from every state in Australia, which is very exciting -
even two from Tasmania. And two orders from the UK, two
from USA and two from New Zealand. So, we've gone global. (LAUGHS)

Going somewhere
in the middle of nowhere is something Joy McClymont
knows all about.

Good morning, everybody.
How are you?

That's cool. Great. Can you just call in with your name, so I get a bit of a feel
for who's on today? The personal trainer is on a mission to prove to others who are isolated -
no gym, no worries. Hey, Yvonne. Good on you, matey.
How are you trucking? Every morning,
from the comfort of her kitchen, Joy takes a trip around Australia
via her virtual gym. Whoo-hoo! Welcome to another live workout. It
is super cool to have you on today! There's Ainslie from St Lawrence,
Annabelle from Quilpie. There's Julianne from Oak Park. There's...from western
New South Wales, like, Bourke, and Boulia, all over Australia. I've got someone
from every state now, so it's really exciting. Mostly rural and remote, but regional and some in cities,
a splattering, because it's really a program
that transfers to any location. You don't have to be
in a specific spot, you can be travelling, you can be on the other side
of the world if you want to. I've had some international people
dial in every now and again just to experience it.

Dalkeith station has been
in the McClymont family for 97 years, the past few of which
have been among the more difficult. It's raining now, and some livestock
are back on Dalkeith. But during the drought,
it was completely destocked and Joy's husband, Paul, has had to
work away to keep the cash flowing.

Joy began her business
about eight years ago. But it wasn't until 2015, when drought
really took hold on the property, that she decided to try and take Off
The Track training to the next level.

It actually made me say, "Right,
do I want this business to expand? "Do I want to scale it? And do I
want it to provide an income?" And I found myself saying,
"Yes, let's give it a good crack "because I've got the time. "We're not busy with stock work. "And there's the driving factor
of having an off-farm income." I've just got to get this set up.

What began with Joy emailing her
friends and family training regimes has now evolved into a national interactive
health and fitness program, especially catered towards
people who are isolated. Can you hop off there
and just jump over there?

Everywhere you look,
there's something that you can use - fenceposts, fence railings, jumping over rocks,
rocks to use for weights. Hi, everybody, and welcome
to week two. It's so exciting! JOY: There's so much opportunity.
You don't have to buy anything. And you don't have to feel like
you need the right type of gear. It's all there and you just have to
keep your eyes open for it. To actually just be fit and healthy
because of the way it makes you feel rather than the measure
on the scale.

Replacing weights
with irrigation pipes, the treadmill with a gravel driveway and medicine balls with moonrocks, Joy's novel approach
to staying in shape has garnered plenty of attention. And it's just a static exercise where you're holding a weight
out in front of you for a particular length of time. It really hurts. Holding. Holding. Five more after the burn.
And then release.

Hundreds of people have now joined
Joy's online programs for about the same cost
as a physical gym membership.

Even Google recently recognised
Joy's business in its Regional Online Heroes awards. It's really her passion. And to take what she's doing into... ..and enabling other people to experience the joy that she's had
from her fitness offerings. And the way she's been
utilising technology to do that. What she's doing
has actual global implication and we think that there's actually
some great technology and solutions that we can help her with
to really help her business scale. You can do basic squats or pop. Joy really believes
that people who live remotely need to be physically
and mentally well. But a major barrier to health for
those who work the land for a living is the misconception that physical
labour means physical fitness. It's still work. And often, you'll be developing one type of cardiovascular system
or muscular system and you'll forget about
all the others. The idea is, a personalised
exercise program for isolated people creates an opportunity for them
to connect with others. And during tough times
like throughout the drought, that's more important than ever. MAN: You spend so much time
worrying about what your livestock and your horses
and dogs are eating. And suddenly, you realise that you've totally
forgotten about yourself and you're totally
on the wrong track. The one thing we don't think we need is the one thing we do
in a lot of instances. So, when people are feeling terrible
about their situation, they feel, you know, like there's
nothing within their control, then I often will say,
"Just get out, "get some oxygen into your brain. "It helps you to think clearly
about the situation." OK. Star jumps. Both Joy and Julie
live in a remote part of Australia. But with an idea, hard work
and modern telecommunications, they're proving they can do anything. Have fun with the star jumps. There really is no reason why businesses
should not be dreaming big. Australian innovation is really
demanded across the planet. So, as we come up
with great ideas down here, the internet, online marketing, enables these businesses to reach
customers right across the planet.

It's good to tick the exercise box,
isn't it? Ripper, Rita.

If I didn't have,
you know, really crappy internet, I probably wouldn't be so good
with my teleseminars. And if I had really good internet, I probably wouldn't have developed
all these other resources that really help people
and have added to the business. So, in saying that, the struggles
can be the most rewarding things.

If you've got an idea, and there's just something
in your heart that's telling you to give it a go,
even though it's really scary, have the courage
to take a swing at it. Just have a go. You just never know
what could happen. One last time.

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