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It’s hard to ignore the McGowan factor as WA rejects Liberal Party with massive swing to Labor

Pundits had predicted Western Australia could be influential, with the possibility of a swing nearing 5 per cent impacting the national result.

But in delivering changes as big as 10 per cent across the board, WA voters have made Labor’s wildest dreams come true, and played a key role in taking Anthony Albanese to the Lodge.

And some may argue, it came down to one man.

For months, Western Australians have been told this election wasn’t about the state’s wildly-popular Premier Mark McGowan.

Mark Mcgowan And Anthony Albanese Pose For Selfies With Two Women In A Shopping Center
Both Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison denied trying to benefit from Mark McGowan’s popularity over the election campaign.,Nation World News: James Carmody,

But the election result tells a different story. It tells the story of people who placed their trust in McGowan to lead the state through the most frightening time of this generation.

Ever since, they’ve largely been rewarded for that trust, so when it came time to decide who should next lead the nation, it was little surprise they trusted McGowan’s judgement yet again.

It’s a hard truth even the state’s most senior Liberal, and a fierce campaigner, Michaela Cash acknowledged on the night.

“We lived a fundamentally different life to the eastern states … and that has obviously played out tonight,” she told Channel Seven’s election coverage.

Scott Morrison And Michaelia Cash At A Press Conference
Senator Michaelia Cash acknowledged WA’s difference to the eastern states.,Nation World News: Marco Catalano,

Labor’s western fairytale might have played out very differently though if it weren’t for two fateful decisions by Scott Morrison and his government.

When he opposed WA’s hard border and supported Clive Palmer in his High Court challenge, many West Australians felt it was another example of Canberra being out of touch with the west.

Initially, he stood strong on both before backflipping when he realized the political cost of those choices.

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