A by-election in the Federal seat of Perth is imminent following the retirement of incumbent Labor MP Tim Hammond, citing family reasons. The seat covers the central suburbs of Perth and extends into the north eastern suburbs.
It is a seat that has been reliable, albeit marginal, for the Labor Party over the last few decades. The Liberal Party have however been chipping away at the Labor vote in recent elections and are within striking distance of taking the seat. However, the Liberals are generally on the nose across the board and polling has shown that they are tracking particularly poorly in Western Australia. This by-election will be a test of just how on the nose they are.
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