Race to the finish line

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

Months of political campaigning and expensive promises will come to an end on Saturday when West Australians head to the polls for the highly-anticipated State Election.

The contest for the seat of Bunbury has been hailed as too close to call by experts, businesses and even candidates vying for the top spot.

While some have labelled Bunbury’s battle a two-horse race between the Liberals and Labor, others are saying the major parties are not safe.

The retirement of popular Bunbury MLA John Castrilli has eroded the Liberals’ 12.2 per cent margin and strong campaigning from the Nationals has placed the party firmly into play.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Collie-Preston, there is a genuine three-way battle between Labor MLA Mick Murray, Liberal candidate Elysia Harverson and the Nationals’ Monique Warnock.

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Both seats have been put forward as crucial to the Liberal and Labor camps’ quest to win government.

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