Warren-Blackwood electorate

21 Feb, 2013 11:37 AM

THE seat of Warren-Blackwood will be one of the most intriguing seats in the upcoming State election, particularly for those in agricultural circles, as they watch to see how Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman fares.

Just how much of an impact the redistribution, the GM issue and WA Labor preferences has on Mr Redman is the big question in Warren-Blackwood and it is anybody's guess.

It is seen by many as still leaning slightly in favour of Mr Redman as he won the seat in 2008 by a two-party preferred margin of 17.3 per cent.

But with the redistribution, Mr Redman lost the National stronghold shires of Cranbrook and Plantagenet to Wagin, while he gains the supposedly Labor/Green region of Donnybrook-Balingup Shire from Collie-Preston and some area around Margaret River from Vasse.

It is estimated his two-party preferred was cut to a still healthy 10.2pc margin.

But with Labor preferences announced officially on Tuesday to go to Liberal candidate Ray Colyer, it has thrown the door wide open.

At the last election, Mr Redman received preferences from both Labor and the Greens.

The debate surrounding GM has been there for a number of years and at one stage Newdegate farmer and anti-GM campaigner Julie Newman was prepared to run for the seat almost solely on that issue, but has since elected not to run.

Mr Colyer, has been a farmer in the area for 50 years and is the current shire president of Augusta-Margaret River and is believed to have a reasonably strong supporter base, particularly on the back of his role on the recent Margaret River coal mining issues.

The preferences from Labor could also help see Mr Colyer over the line.

Greens candidate Nerilee Boshammer and Labor candidate John Thorpe are expected to have a tight contest for third.

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22/02/2013 2:44:17 PM, on Farm Weekly

The wrath of the electorate will pay Terry back for choosing the GM path against massive public rejection.
22/02/2013 3:49:25 PM, on Farm Weekly

Yes we do exist down here despite the election being about trains & football .
22/02/2013 6:34:33 PM, on Farm Weekly

What will Terry be remembered for? Facilitating a Muresk solution, advocating for "the right to farm", resolving clearing regulation issues, pushing hard for a Tier 3 resolution, improving DAFWA farmer relationships, dealing with fundamental farming terms of trade issues - I THINK NOT, The Nats have missed a once in a lifetime opportunity to really be the voice of Ag and to bring about fundamental change in regulation, policy etc- THEY HAVE STUFFED IT UP! and their leader is running away to the north.
22/02/2013 7:38:42 PM, on Farm Weekly

Just another politician with his snout in the trough...


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