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Independent Chaney ‘not expecting result’ in Curtin tonight

The Liberal stronghold of Curtin could come down to the wire, with the independent challenger telling The West she was not expecting a result tonight.

At her election night party ahead of results, Liberal MP Celia Hammond who held the seat on a margin of 13.9 per cent said she had “given it my all” and was “exhausted.”

“It’s been a gruelling campaign and I’m grateful for the work of everyone in our team in Curtin,” she said.

Ms Hammond said she would wait for more results before commenting on predictions the Coalition had lost its majority.

“I’m exhausted. All I can focus on is what my team has done and what the Morrison government has delivered. I am really proud of that,” she said.

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“It’s been a privilege to represent the seat since 2019 and whether I am able to again for another three years, the dye is cast and its in the hands of the voters.”

It covers the western suburbs of Perth and, following the abolition of the seat of Stirling, has been extended north to include the rest of Scarborough and Trigg as well as the suburbs of Karrinyup and Gwelup.

Ms Hammond has been the MP since 2019, taking over from Julie Bishop after more than 20 years.

But so-called ‘teal’ independent Kate Chaney has mounted a serious challenge to the blue-ribbon electorate, running on a platform of greater action on climate change and restoring integrity to federal politics.

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