Tim Hammond’s resignation leaves #Perth in political spotlight with by-election litmus test

Tim Hammond kisses his baby son's head while standing alongside his wife.If it already felt like election season in Western Australia, just wait to see what it looks like with a by-election on the horizon.

Key points:
Labor has held Perth since 1983, winning the seat with a 3.3 per cent margin in 2016
The Liberal Party is yet to confirm it will enter a candidate in the by-election
But provided it does, the long-running GST saga is set to play a key role
Even before Labor Member for Perth Tim Hammond’s shock resignation — a move that will spark a by-election for the seat in the near future — the state had already been looming as a key political battleground.

Now it emerges the scheduling of the by-election couldn’t come at a worse time for Labor or the Liberals thanks to a politically awkward report looming over the horizon — but more on that in a moment.

WA is crucial to the Liberals ahead of the next federal election, given ministers Christian Porter, Michael Keenan and Ken Wyatt all face potentially significant battles to hold onto their seats.

via Tim Hammond’s resignation leaves Perth in political spotlight with by-election litmus test – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)