Jessica Stojkovski — Kingsley’s unlikely conqueror — says Labor’s success in the Liberal stronghold shows the mood for change was “extraordinarily strong”.
The northern suburbs was a bloodbath for the Government, with four seats switching to Labor on double-digit swings.
Kingsley is one of two seats in the red column, along with Murray-Wellington in the South West, that not even WA Labor strategists expected to fall their way.
The incumbent, Child Protection and Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell, is one of three ministers likely to lose their northern seats, along with Environment Minister Albert Jacob in Burns Beach and Local Government Minister Paul Miles in Wanneroo.
Mother-of-two Ms Stojkovski, whose father Tony O’Gorman held the seat of Joondalup for 12 years, was yesterday “quietly confident” of holding on to her lead after a 14.9 per cent swing towards her.
“I’m proud the whole Labor party has had a swing, but in Kingsley it was a massive swing and unbelievable,” she said.
Trailing by 317 votes with almost 75 per cent counted, a shell-shocked Ms Mitchell conceded the gap was probably too great to make up on postal votes.
In Burns Beach, Mr Jacob yesterday conceded defeat to his opponent Mark Folkard after a 14 per cent swing against him.