Mark McGowan could have done without the Darling Range by-election. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Labor’s by-election backlash

By-elections provide voters with a good opportunity to give the government of the day a kick in the pants; and that’s what the voters in Darling Range did by electing the Liberal Party’s Alyssa Hayden, courtesy of a 9 per cent swing.


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Interestingly, if you look at the final count, it's fair to say that around seven out of every 10 voters didn't vote for either Labor or Liberal first, so nothing to be proud of, even if you did win.

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