07/09/2008 - 08:05

High-profile Labor candidates crash

07/09/2008 - 08:05

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Two of Premier Alan Carpenter’s hand-picked candidates, Reece Whitby and Karen Brown, have spectacularly failed to win voter support.

Two of Premier Alan Carpenter’s hand-picked candidates, Reece Whitby and Karen Brown, have spectacularly failed to win voter support.

Mr Whitby, the former Channel 7 political reporter, was Labor’s candidate in Morley, which was considered a safe Labor seat.

He was characterised from the outset as a silvertail from the western suburbs – Mr Whitby lives in Cottesloe and has invested in several investment properties.

His problems included former Police minster John D’Orazio, who was expelled from the Labor Party and stood as an independent.

Mr D’Orazio split the Labor vote and directed preferences to Liberal Party candidate Ian Britza, who appears to have won the seat.

Ms Brown – a former lobbyist and deputy editor of The West Australian – was the unsuccessful Labor candidate in Mt Lawley, which was won for the Liberals by City of Perth deputy mayor Michael Sutherland.

Her candidacy was criticised by another former Labor government minister Bob Kucera, who failed to win pre-selection.

 

 

 

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