The State Liberals have today claimed victory after the by-election in Frome – and are now focussed on the 2010 State election.
turned their backs on Labor and Mike Rann – who campaigned heavily in
the seat - with their vote crashing to 26.2 per cent last week. This is
down from 41.0 per cent at the 2006 State election.
In claiming victory, Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith said Terry Boylan will be an outstanding Liberal Member for Frome.
“Terry Boylan is a hard worker who will be a strong voice for the people of Frome in Parliament,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
“I congratulate Terry and the Liberal team who worked together magnificently on the campaign.
“I want to thank the people of Frome for their support and renewed faith in the State Liberals.
“Our task now is to present a case to South Australia that we deserve to be considered as the alternative and the next Government in March 2010.”
Hamilton-Smith said Frome was always going to be a difficult seat to
retain given the retirement of a popular local member and the
constellation of other candidates in the race, who directed their
preferences away from the Liberal Party.
“The result sends a strong message to Labor, particularly marginal seat MPs,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
“Fourteen months out from a State election, Labor MPs will be eyeing the 15 per cent fall in Labor’s primary vote with concern.”
incoming Liberal Member for Frome Terry Boylan said: “I look forward to
joining the Martin Hamilton-Smith team and fighting for the future of
Rann’s failure to deliver meaningful action on health, water and jobs
in the electorate means that my work has only just begun.”