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.
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.