WA election hangs in the balance

By: Chris Smith


As of going to the print today the West Australian election still hangs in the balance. Premier Alan Carpenter says

As of going to the print today the West Australian election still hangs in the balance.

Premier Alan Carpenter says he is responsible for the Labor Party's poor election result.

The outcome of the WA election is unclear with eight seats still doubtful, neither party holds enough to form government.

WA Nationals Leader Brendon Grylls has been shot to a position of power in the tight election race.

Regardless of the results from this stage, any government formed will undoubtedly be in coalition with the Nationals, who went to the election promising to support the party with the best deal for regional Western Australia.

The Premier says he has considered working with the WA Nationals for some time, which would be a rare event, Labor in coalition with a conservative party.

Carpenter blames himself for getting the Labor Party into such a vulnerable position.

"I accept total responsibility for the reaction that we got back from the public," he told media.

Fewer than 200 votes are separating some candidates.

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