#Perth Labor’s pick for Hasluck seat quits contest months before Federal election

LABOR’S candidate for WA’s most marginal Federal Government-held seat has quit just months out from the next election, leaving the party scrambling for a new nominee.

The Maritime Union of Australia’s pick to contest Hasluck, Lauren Palmer, had been campaigning in the key seat since she won preselection in December.But WA Labor confirmed yesterday that the former union official had tendered her resignation, citing health reasons.“Given the demands of campaigning in a marginal seat, and the uncertainty over the date of the next election, I cannot commit myself fully to campaigning at this time,” Ms Palmer said.

The departure deals a major blow to Bill Shorten’s quest to win government on the back of gains in WA, with Hasluck seen as one of the Government’s two most vulnerable seats.Ms Palmer officially quit only on Friday, but her silence on campaign social media accounts since last month had sparked speculation about whether she would stay on.

Source: Labor’s pick for Hasluck seat quits contest months before Federal election | PerthNow