Liberals elected in landslide victory
LABOR'S political woes in Canberra may have infected efforts by West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan to defeat Premier Colin Barnett in Saturday's poll, according to two senior federal ministers.
On Sunday morning, Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor said any challenges federally would sometimes splash on to elections happening around the country.
Mr O'Connor added that the West Australian economy was strong and Mr Barnett was seeking only his second term so there were advantages for the incumbent.
A victorious Premier Barnett yesterday said the coalition deserved re-election as it had been a "good government'", which was strong on the economy, ethical and had introduced "reforms in education and health."
The Liberals, who will once again form an alliance with the Nationals in WA, kept all of the 24 seats they won at the 2008 election and secured a further seven seats.
More seats could go to the Coalition as counting continues.In a statement issued Sunday morning, the Opposition leader Tony Abbott congratulated Mr Barnett on the result, and said he looked forward to working with him.
"The election result is also a strong message to the Gillard-Labor Government, that their carbon tax and mining tax are toxic to the Australian economy, toxic for local jobs and are adding to people's cost of living pressures," Mr Abbott said.