Van Styn and Catania face defeat after Labor threatens to smash Nationals
Primary vote should determine Geraldton

WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls said yesterday Labor was setting out on a campaign to destroy the Nationals by giving preferences to the Liberals, a move which would virtually hand the seat of Geraldton back to Ian Blayney.

Mr Grylls said Labor needed to be honest with the people of WA and clearly state that a vote for Labor was now a vote for Liberal.

“They see us as the opposition and they want us out of the picture,” Mr Grylls said.

The seat of Geraldton is a strong Liberal seat won by Ian Blayney in 2008 when Nationals candidate Andrew Short preferenced him, despite Mr Short getting a 9 per cent swing his way.

Estimates are Mr Blayney holds the seat with a 5-6 per cent margin.

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