Liberals set to claim Durack
The Liberals' Melissa Price was on track towards claiming the Federal seat of Durack as the _Broome Advertiser _ went to press on Monday.
The Australian Electoral Commission had her leading with 54.17 per cent (30,109 votes) on a two-party preferred basis with 107 of 123 polling places returned versus nearest rival the Nationals' Shane Van Styn on 45.83 (25,478 votes).
On primary vote, Ms Price was at 21,363 against Mr Van Styn on 13,520 with 109 of 123 polling places returned.
Despite being in a good position on Monday, Ms Price refused to claim the seat.
"I'm very pleased that thousands more people in Durack have voted Liberal rather than National or Labor," she said.
"As a new candidate, not an incumbent, I'm very pleased to have achieved … at this stage I'm not prepared to claim victory while my opponent has not yet conceded defeat."
Broome-specific announcements during the election campaign included $500,000 for Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue and a push for federal funding for the Mumabulunjin Aboriginal Corporation to reinstate the Kullarri patrol.
Ms Price also announced she would fight for changes to live export rules and push for changes to the State Nationals' changes to pastoral leases.
"During the election I travelled about 40,000 kilometres across Durack and met many individuals and groups which all have genuine issues that need to be addressed," she said.
"I managed to get an early run on the board with a $500,000 commitment which will enable the Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue group to upgrade its boat and facilities to better serve the local community as well as tourists and businesses in the area. I have identified other Kimberley-specific issues … including funding for the Kullarri patrol, changes to the live export rules to make them better for producers, changes to the State's pastoral leases, and fighting for a greater defence presence."
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