Melissa Price, who will continue leading an electorate that includes some of the most impoverished areas of the State, made the startling claim that cost of living was not an election issue. Before casting her vote on Saturday, Durack’s Liberal incumbent Melissa Price said residents in her sprawling electorate — the second biggest in the world which stretches from Kununurra to the outskirts of Perth — had not raised the problem during her campaign. “People aren’t talking to me about the cost of living,” she said. “I think people appreciate that in our last Budget that we have given people some assistance. “I have no doubt there are some people who are experiencing cost-of-living pressures . . . but by and large people are feeling hopeful about the future.” The Durack electorate, spanning the Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid West and areas on the outskirts of Perth, have long been affected by higher costs for basics such as petrol and food. Labor’s Durack candidate Jeremiah Riley did not know why Ms Price made those comments. “Maybe the people speaking to her didn’t raise it, but I found it was one of the biggest issues across the electorate during the campaign,” he said. “Living in the north of the State people have always had a higher cost of living and struggled a bit more, but it to say it isn’t an issue raised by voters — I don’t know why she would say that. “It’s not what I was hearing throughout my campaign.” Mr Riley said childcare accessibility and cost of living were the two biggest issues for voters in Durack. Ms Price said much of her electorate appeared to be suffering from election fatigue. “No one is really talking about what the issues are, they have had enough of politics, they have had enough of politicians, they just want to get in and vote and get on with their lives,” she said. Out of the three Federal regional seats, all the Liberals incumbents hung on to retain them despite a significant Labor swing.