WA on a knife’s edge

The WA state election has seen both major parties fail to win enough seats to govern meaning independent members will hold the balance of power.

The National Party is being courted by both Labor and the Liberal party as the four seats they hold may be critical in forming government.

However, many political analysts are tipping a hung Parliament. Counting of preferences won’t take place until the end of the week.

Political analyst Dr Harry Phillips told the West Australian newspaper that WA Governor Ken Michael could dissolve the Lower House and call another election.

“If when Parliament first meets there’s a vote of no confidence and that vote of no confidence was carried, the Governor may well then ask the Leader of the Opposition if he thought he could muster the confidence of the House,” he said.
“If both failed, by some situation, well then there may be an election.”

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