Labor not the underdog in state election, Liberals warn

Sat August 11, 2012 3:59pm

The WA Liberal party claims it has a fight ahead if it is to win the next state election and all fifteen federal seats in the West.

Speaking at the party’s state conference in Perth today, executive members said the party could not afford to believe that the “good” performance of the Barnett Government would get it over the line in March.

Following a redistribution of electorate boundaries, Labor notionally holds four more seats than the Liberals and need to claim only an additional three to form government outright.

WA Liberal Party director Ben Moreton said Labor was playing the underdog card in an attempt to fool the electorate.

“Labor want [the public] to believe they can’t win the election,” he said.

“They don’t want you to realise that they need to only hold everything they’ve got, win Fremantle [held by Independent Adele Carles] and two Liberal seats and they’ve won the election.

“The biggest threat to the next election is a complacency and an incorrect perception in the community that the grip that Colin Barnett and the Liberals have is stronger than it really is.”

Liberal Party president Geoff Prossor warned the electorate still needed to be won over.

“Colin Barnett is a premier getting the job done but we can’t just sit back and think because the Barnett Government has done a good job we deserve a second term. It doesn’t work that way,” he said.

“We’ve got to work hard to earn the respect, support and confidence of the electorate.”

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