Thursday, December 16, 2010

Presiding Officers Ousted: Both Speaker and President lose office

Both the former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council were defeated in the November election.  The declaration of election results for the Western Metropolitan regions has resulted in Bob Smith being ousted from office along with Jenny Lindell. 

Bob Smith, who was previously the member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region, had  decided to forsake running as the ALPs third candidate in his old electorate and instead opted to run in Western Metropolitan in what was considered to be a safer seat. Had the previous State government not adopted optional preferential voting or voters filled in all preferences Bob Smith may have survived. As it turned out South Eastern was a better bet with the ALP retaining three upper house seats and Bob Smith as a result of the optional preferential rule change lost office.

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