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Epic Victory in Curtin May 28, 2022

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : AFR, Metaphor Online , trackback

Independent Kate Chaney has won the  blue-ribbon seat of Curtin, in Perth’s wealthy western suburbs, from one-term Liberal MP Celia Hammond.

On Saturday speaking to her supporters she refused to claim victory  before her supporters and expectant media as the vote turned to postal vote counting to clinch an amazing campaign.

On Thursday the vote was confirmed and independent Kate Chaney began the first four years of the job ahead of her.

Ms Hammond had held the seat on a safe margin of 13.9 per cent but could not hold back a massive swing towards Ms Chaney,

who campaigned on the issues of climate change, integrity in politics and inclusive communities.

Ms Chaney promised to hold the Albanese government to account on these issues.

On Thursday Ms Chaney claimed victory, saying she was very proud to stand as the first female West Australian independent elected to the House of Representatives.

Ms Chaney’s grandfather and uncle were both federal Liberal ministers, but she had become frustrated with the country’s leaders on both sides of politics.

Kate Chaney and husband Bill Keane at campaign headquarters Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Her uncle Fred Chaney was there to congratulate his niece on her epic victory.

Uncle Fred Chaney at Kate Chaney’s campaign headquarters Photo Bohdan Warchomij

She acknowledged the contribution  to a huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters.

“A huge thanks to not only my team but my family as well, for all the support they have given me over this incredible four-month experience.”

It is the beginning of a very new four year experience  for Ms Kate Chaney.

She was generous in her response to her Liberal opponent when she thanked Celia Hammond for her contribution the last four years.

“I think it is community reclaiming politics.”

Ms Chaney  paid tribute to Ms Hammond for representing Curtin during the difficult pandemic period.


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