Hooray for Coure: MP happy hard work rewarded

Winners are grinners: Mark Coure with wife Adla and son James who just turned 1. Picture John Veage
Winners are grinners: Mark Coure with wife Adla and son James who just turned 1. Picture John Veage

FOR Oatley MP Mark Coure, Monday morning was about straightening up his office, clearing out his clogged message banks and answering endless phone calls of congratulations.

At Saturday's poll, all 22 booths in the electorate registered a swing in favour of the sitting Liberal MP.

Mr Coure said the Oatley result was "amazing" and "proves hard work always wins".

"They did throw a lot at us, a lot of negative propaganda, and allegedly ripping posters down, but I think people saw through it," he said.

Mr Coure said Ausgrid workers based at the Oatley depot, who campaigned strongly against electricity privatisation, had every right to do so.

"But [the outcome in Oatley] is a vote of confidence that people want to see results, and they will always reward hard work," he said.

There were some lighter moments in the night when, during the ABC's election coverage, as the numbers coming through for the Liberals in Oatley looked good, Gladys Berejiklian smiled and said ''hooray for Coure!''. When asked if she had just made it up, Ms Berejiklian said she and most of his team said it to him regularly. 

Mr Coure and his campaign team were at Oatley station on Monday thanking voters for their support — and preparing to continue with his agenda for the next four years.

Happy Birthday: Premier Mike Baird at a polling booth for Oatley electorate  holding Mr Coure's son James. Picture: Sarah Gerathy, Twitter.

Happy Birthday: Premier Mike Baird at a polling booth for Oatley electorate holding Mr Coure's son James. Picture: Sarah Gerathy, Twitter.

"The first thing we're doing is lobbying for funding for stage 3 of St George Hospital," he said.

"Stage 2 has already started and will be completed by 2017."

Labor candidate O'Bray Smith said the Liberals had run a good campaign, especially with their ability to make electricity privatisation about selling and leasing rather than about its possible affect on jobs and services.

Ms Smith was particularly disappointed with 8.5 swing against the ALP in Peakhurst South as this was Kevin Greene's territory.

Mr Greene held Oatley for the ALP for many years.

"I was really surprised how bad the swing was," she said.

"But I think Oatley is a Liberal seat. Kevin Green held it so long because he was so well known in the community.

"Even people who voted Liberal all their lives voted for him."

Ms Smith said Oatley could return to Labor after the "Liberals have done more damage" with their push for privatisation — especially ageing, disability and home care services.

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