Labor tracking predicts  rout
Ballot box trouble: Labor tracking predicts a rout. Picture: Nic Ellis/ The West Australian

Labor's campaign has stalled in the belt of metropolitan marginal seats it is relying on to form a firewall between it and electoral oblivion, according to recent internal party tracking.

Premier Colin Barnett played down a Statewide 56 per cent to 44 per cent two party-preferred lead to the Liberals in a Galaxy opinion poll released at the weekend, saying individual seat polling showed plenty "could go either way".

The West Australian has seen such polling, confirming Labor had limited the swing against it to between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent in key metropolitan battlegrounds around the time the Galaxy poll was taken last week. Such a result would have limited the Opposition's losses to up to four city seats, including the notionally Labor Morley, and insulated it from the eight-seat decimation of the Galaxy result being reflected Statewide.

But the most recent tracking conducted this week shows the two party-preferred result in the key metropolitan marginals is now broadly in line with the 56 to 44 per cent Statewide result. The tracking shows more people satisfied with the Government than the Opposition.

And the proportion of voters who think Labor is ready to govern is surpassed by those who think the Government deserves re-election.

Though Labor's Metronet rail plan captured voters' imaginations early in the campaign, it has taken a hit courtesy of a Liberal radio advertisement claiming its airport station would be 1.5km from the terminal.

The furore over a potential nurses' strike has also resulted in both parties' re-election pitches taking a back seat during the past week.

Labor leader Mark McGowan launched a spirited defence of Metronet yesterday, describing the radio advertisement as "lies".

Mr McGowan said Labor's station would be built into the future consolidation of the domestic and international terminals and pressed the Liberals to reveal whether its airport line was contingent on Federal funding.

Mr Barnett denied the advertisement was misleading, but shut down his press conference when pressed on Labor's contention that its station would be integrated into the future airport.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said he was confident the Liberals' line would be eligible for the Commonwealth's Nation Building 2 infrastructure program.

The West Australian

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