Collie too close to call: Murray

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray believes he has the fight and the record to retain his seat just days out from the election.

But Mr Murray concedes the election is too close to call.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray.
Camera IconCollie-Preston MLA Mick Murray.

“It is a hard election to call because the waters are quite muddy with the One Nation party and where their preferences will go,” he said.

“I’d like to think my record over the years will stand me in good stead.”

Liberal candidate Elysia Harverson and the Nationals’ Monique Warnock are both confident of strong voter support.

Nationals candidate Monique Warnock
Camera IconNationals candidate Monique Warnock

Ms Warnock said her party was going to give it a “red hot crack” to win back the seat it last held in 2001 under Dr Hilda Turnbull.

“Collie has traditionally been a Nationals seat,” she said.

“We have run an extensive campaign and I think the Nationals’ record stands for itself.”

Liberal candidate for Collie-Preston Elysia Harverson (right) with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Vasse MLA Libby Mettam and Festival of Busselton charity queen Laura Armstrong during Ms Bishop's recent visit to WA.
Camera IconLiberal candidate for Collie-Preston Elysia Harverson (right) with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Vasse MLA Libby Mettam and Festival of Busselton charity queen Laura Armstrong during Ms Bishop's recent visit to WA. Credit: Cameron Myles / Busselton Dunsborough

Ms Harverson will look to create history on Saturday and become the first Liberal candidate to hold the seat of Collie-Preston.

She said the boundary changes gave her a 2.9 per cent margin, but she was not resting her campaign on that.

“I said from the get go I would have a chance because of the boundary changes,” she said.

“I can say I couldn’t have worked any harder.

“I don’t think I have worked for something so hard in my life. I am a Collie local, so maybe some of those votes will go my way.”

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Clinton Thomas said he “has as good a chance as anybody” this weekend.

“We are an outside chance,” he said.

“I think the micro parties are going to give it a shake-up in this election,” he said.

“In my opinion, people need to read the policies and see how it will affect them.”

Greens Gordon Tayler
Camera IconGreens Gordon Tayler

Greens candidate Gordon Tyler conceded he would not win the seat and said his campaign was more about supporting Diane Evers in her campaign for a seat in the Upper House.

Mr Tyler tipped Mr Murray to retain his seat and said the battle was between Labor and the Nationals.

“Our preferences are with Labor, so that will help him (Murray),” he said.

Independent candidate Don Hyland also conceded defeat and believed Mr Murray would win.

“I am feeling that unless something dramatic happens, it is going to be a fizzer,” he said.

Independent candidate Louis Scibilia
Camera IconIndependent candidate Louis Scibilia

Independent candidate Louie Scibilia said if he was elected he would go straight to the Federal Government to solve unemployment and drug issues.

“I bring my years of experience to the table,” he said.

“We have a huge problem and that is we are putting the same people back into government.”

One Nation candidate David Miller declined to comment.

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