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Wyatt claims victory in Hasluck
Wyatt claims victory in Hasluck

Liberal Party candidate Ken Wyatt has claimed victory in the marginal seat of Hasluck.

Surrounded by supporters at his campaign headquarters in Maddington, Mr Wyatt claimed the seat flanked by Liberal Party Deputy Leader Julie Bishop and fellow WA Liberal MP's Don Randall and Steve Irons.

"Today is a proud moment," Mr Wyatt said.

"I came from a life of poverty but through my own individual efforts I stand now in the national arena," he said.

Votes are still being counted, and Labor's Sharryn Jackson has yet to concede defeat, but the Liberals claim Mr Wyatt's 1,000 vote lead makes it mathematically impossible for Ms Jackson to win.

Mr Wyatt is the first Indigenous member elected to the House of Representatives. His win has been somewhat overshadowed by revelations he has received racist hate mail from voters who were surprised to discover he is indigenous.

Mr Wyatt brushed off the attacks today saying they were not significant.

"In 50 years time historians and people will be analysing why Hasluck chose an Indigenous candidate," Mr Wyatt said.

"What they will discover is they didn't choose an indigenous candidate because I was indigenous, they chose a person who they believed would represent the interests of everyone in Hasluck."

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