Liberals safe despite swing in state election

Cronulla winner: Mark Speakman was at the beach on Sunday to watch the Shark Island swim. Picture: John Veage
Cronulla winner: Mark Speakman was at the beach on Sunday to watch the Shark Island swim. Picture: John Veage

CRONULLA has remained a very safe Liberal seat, with MP Mark Speakman achieving 71.5 per cent of the vote and Labor 28.5 per cent.

There was a 3.3 per cent swing to Labor, particularly in some of the new booths in the west of the electorate that were incorporated into the seat of Cronulla following the last redistribution.

This included booths at Grays Point and Gymea.

The swings to Labor in the older Cronulla booths were generally smaller.

There were small swings to Mr Speakman at booths in Cronulla High and Cronulla South.

"I'm pleased that across the the state people had the confidence in our bold, upfront campaign on infrastructure," Mr Speakman said.

"The majority of people were not swayed by the scare campaign by Labor.

"I'll be working hard to make sure that Cronulla gets its fair share of the proceeds from the partial long term lease of the poles and wires."

Labor candidate for Cronulla Peter Scaysbrook said he did not think the swing reflected the extent of dissatisfaction with the privatisation policy.

"I think the dissatisfaction is still far greater than that.

"I think it just wasn't great enough to make people change their vote.

"It's still a very unpopular policy but I don't think our message was portrayed in the wider campaign.

"[It] went off the rails a few weeks ago . . . some of the negative campaign was incorrectly targeted."

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