Written by TFM on 18/05/2019
From the NT NEWS
IT’S all over in Solomon. Luke Gosling has held the seat of Solomon for Labor and long standing Labor member in Lingiari Warren Snowdon looks like he could hold onto his seat but the mood in NT Labor is funeral-like.
The CLP’s Kathy Ganley has called Luke Gosling to concede the seat.
While the party is still on track to win both the NT seats, Mr Gosling and Mr Snowdon look certain to be in opposition with a favourable win to the Coalition
Mr Snowdon said while he was on tenterhooks every election he was pleased.
“I’m feeling good that I think we’ve retained the seat of Lingiari and the vote has held up really well in some places, we didn’t do too well in other places and the vote in the bush has been tremendous,” he said.
“That’s a really great reaffirmation of the work we have been doing for a really long time.
“It looks as though we may not win federally I hope we do, but at the end of the day I will be returned as the member for Lingiari I think with reduced majority.
“I always thought we would have a swing against us, not because of anything federally because we have a very high pull in the last election in terms of the urban vote in around the rural area of Darwin and that’s where we have gone backwards this time substantially.”
While win or lose tonight, Ms Price said she would be making a formal complaint to the Australian Election Commission about “undemocratic tactics” used by Labor during the election.
“I’ve compiled evidence of Labor volunteers, staffers … picking up vulnerable, elderly Aboriginal people off the streets putting them in buses and dropping them off at polling booths.
“I saw plenty of them today coming out of the buses with Labor how-to-vote cards and they wouldn’t talk to anyone else.
“They should be able to vote without that kind of pressure.”