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Federal election 2022: Scott Morrison to make last-ditch trip to Perth

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Camera IconPrime Minister Scott Morrison. Credit: AAP

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will make a last-minute dash to Perth ahead of Saturday’s Federal election.

With Labor targeting three seats in the State and pinning its hopes on WA helping to change the Government, Mr Morrison is due to land in WA on Thursday evening.

Mr Morrison will spend Friday — the last full day of the campaign — canvassing for votes in the key seats of Pearce, Hasluck, Swan and Cowan.

It’s not yet known if he will go to Curtin, where the incumbent Liberal Celia Hammond is facing a serious challenge from independent Kate Chaney as revealed by The West on Wednesday.

Mr Morrison was last in WA more than a week ago for an address to a Leadership Matters lunch on Friday May 6.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese on Tuesday gave an address to Leadership Matters where he outlined his vision as PM and said he would lead in the style of Premier Mark McGowan.

He made a point of campaigning alongside the popular leader but said that one thing was certain — if Labor won it wouldn’t be in the same landslide the Premier had last year.

Mr Morrison is expected to make his first stop on Friday in Pearce, where Liberal candidate Linda Aitken is battling against Labor’s Tracey Roberts.

It’s held on a margin of 5.2 per cent and was former Attorney-General Christian Porter’s electorate.

In Swan, former Michaelia Cash staffer Kristy McSweeney is running against Labor’s Zaneta Mascarenhas.

Current Swan MP Steve Irons, a long-time friend of the Prime Minister is retiring. The electorate is held on a margin of 3.2 per cent.

And Hasluck is held by Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt, who is facing a challenge from Labor’s Tania Lawrence.

Hasluck is on a margin of 5.9 per cent.

Meantime, the Liberal Party is mounting a challenge in the Labor-held seat of Cowan.

Vince Connelly, who lost his seat of Stirling in the redistribution, is challenging Labor’s Anne Aly who holds the seat on a margin of 0.9 per cent.

In 2019, Labor said it was targeting five seats in WA and managed to win none.

Sources close to the Coalition said it was “vital” the PM came back to WA before polling day.

With all polls pointing to Saturday’s election being tight and potentially a hung parliament, Mr Morrison is trying to shift every vote he can in WA.

Polls in WA will remain open for two hours after they close on the east coast so it could come down to how booths in WA vote as to whether a result is determined on Saturday night.

If the Liberal Party is able to hold most of its seats in WA and pinch Cowan, it will significantly impinge upon Labor’s seven-seat pathway to victory.

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