Minor parties field Perth-based candidates for Geraldton seat

Geoff Vivian & Liam BeattyGeraldton Guardian
Liberal candidate Rob Dines, Nationals MP Ian Blayney and Labor candidate Lara Dalton are the only Geraldton-based candidates.
Camera IconLiberal candidate Rob Dines, Nationals MP Ian Blayney and Labor candidate Lara Dalton are the only Geraldton-based candidates. Credit: Liam Beatty/Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton voters have a choice of nine candidates hoping to represent them in the WA Parliament after the March 13 election.

Unusually, only major party candidates Ian Blayney (Nationals), Lara Dalton (Labor) and Rob Dines (Liberal) gave Geraldton addresses when they nominated.

“They are mostly from Perth,” returning officer Michelle Harvey said. “All the minor parties put people up for the ballot papers but they are not from the district.”

Minor party candidates represent the WAXIT; Liberal Democrats; Shooters, Fishers and Farmers; Pauline Hanson's One Nation; No Mandatory Vaccination; and Greens parties.

There are no independents.

Ms Harvey determined the order in which they will appear on ballot papers in a random draw on Friday.

Of the major candidates, Mr Dines was drawn third, Ms Dalton sixth, and Mr Blayney eighth.

Other candidates on the ballot paper will be WAXIT candidate Bey Bey Kung (first); Liberal Democrat Party’s Andrew Genovese (second); Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s Chris Mellon; (fourth), PHON candidate Bruce Davies (fifth); No Mandatory Vaccination’s Mark James Long (seventh); and Greens candidate Matt Roberts (ninth).

Postal voting starts on Monday, February 22.

Voters can apply for a postal vote at elections.wa.gov.au/postal-vote-apply.

Early voting in person starts on Wednesday, February 24 and will be available in Geraldton at premises in Durlacher Street opposite the demolition site of the old Fire Station. Absentee voting will also be available at about 70 centres in regional WA and the Perth Metropolitan Area.

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