The Nationals are set to retain the balance of power in the Upper House after securing five seats to bolster their negotiating position with State Government partner the Liberals.
With results in five out of six Legislative Council regions finalised yesterday, newcomers the Shooters and Fishers Party confirmed its foray into WA politics, with Rick Mazza elected to the Agricultural Region.
If predictions for the North Metropolitan Region eventuate today, the Liberals will have 17 seats, with Labor holding 11. Given, as tradition dictates, a Liberal president is chosen in the 36-seat Council, the Liberals will be reduced to 16 members, short of the 18 votes needed to guarantee the passage of laws.Meanwhile, a recount in the Lower House seat of Midland has confirmed Labor MP Michelle Roberts as the winner by 24 votes, up from 23.
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