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Australia McGowan summons Curtin at WA poll launch

19:52  21 february  2021
19:52  21 february  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Western Australia's premier has likened the coronavirus pandemic to World War II, positioning Labor as the safe choice at next month's election.

Mark McGowan standing in front of a sign: Mark McGowan: © Richard Wainwright/AAP PHOTOS Mark McGowan: "John Curtin said the nation looked to Labor and it did not look in vain."

Launching WA Labor's campaign, Mark McGowan on Sunday said the March 13 poll was about who would fight for West Australians' health and livelihoods.

"During World War II, our Western Australian wartime prime minister John Curtin steered Australia through its most terrifying challenge," he told the party faithful.

"John Curtin said the nation looked to Labor and it did not look in vain."

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"The people of Western Australia have seen my Labor government fight tooth and nail for their jobs and the health and lives of their loved ones.

"Western Australians looked to Labor and they did not look in vain."

The premier's extraordinary personal popularity has shown no signs of abating ahead of early voting beginning on Wednesday.


Video: Premier Mark McGowan launches re-election campaign (ABC NEWS)

A Newspoll published by The Weekend Australian showed WA Labor leading 68 to 32 per cent on a two-party preferred basis - a result which, if replicated on March 13, would reduce the Liberals to as few as two seats.

Mr McGowan was the preferred leader among 83 per cent of respondents, dwarfing first-term Liberal rival Zak Kirkup.

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"My message to you, if you're thinking about voting for me and WA Labor this election for the very first time - you should feel confident in that decision," Mr McGowan said.

"My promise to you - and every single Western Australian - is simple: I will lead a sensible, responsible, experienced government that will keep our promises and properly manage the finances.

"And we will always keep WA strong."

Mr McGowan unveiled the WA Jobs Plan, promising the government would create 125,000 jobs across its next term.

In a concession they stand little chance of winning, the Liberals have shifted their campaign message and urged voters not to let Labor "take control" of the parliament.

"The only way to keep those important checks and balances is by making sure there's a strong Liberal opposition," Mr Kirkup said on Sunday.

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