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Held by: Michael Keenan – retiring 2019

Party: Liberal Party

Since: 2004

Margin: LIB 6.1

Redistribution details: NA

Key Comments: Liberal Party candidate Vince Connelly was controversially preselected over four female candidates, against the wishes of retiring MP Michael Keenan and party powerbrokers. Stirling is WA’s smallest electoral division, but also one of the more ethnically diverse with 2016 ABS figures showing 45 per cent of the electorate was born overseas.

Stirling: Diverse and marginal

Edith Cowan University, Holly Edwards-Smith

The federal electorate of Stirling was first named and voted on in 1955. It was named after the first governor of the Swan River Colony, Sir James Stirling. Over its 64-year history it has had 18 elections and 12 of them have been won by a member of the Liberal party.

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Fighting for WA’s fair share

Edith Cowan University, Linton Price

The Western Australia Party may be a relative newcomer to the political scene, but candidate Elizabeth Re hopes a push for changes to WA’s GST share will help win the marginal seat of Stirling.

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Education and safety on agenda for Angus Young

Edith Cowan University, Alexia Allia

riven by a passion for safety and security, and hopes of creating a new education centre, Angus Young is running in the upcoming federal election as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation’s candidate for Stirling.

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Face-to-face campaign the key for Kevin Host

Edith Cowan University, Grace Flynn

Australian Christians’ Kevin Host will be hoping third time is the charm as he campaigns for the marginal seat of Stirling.

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Education, representation first for Labor’s Melita Markey

Edith Cowan University, Charlotte Robinson

A desire to see the people of Stirling represented regardless of “gender, race of financial situation” inspired Labor’s Melita Markey to stand in the marginal seat for the upcoming federal election.

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Education, Australia Day, farmers and feminism

Edith Cowan Univeristy, Jessica Emery

Better education for Stirling, empowering women in politics and tackling foreign land ownership in Australia agriculture lead the campaign promises of United Australia Party candidate, Dorothy Hutton.

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Renewable power to the people

Edith Cowan University, Nicholas Doyle

Perth could run solely on renewable power by 2030 under an ambitious strategy proposed by Greens candidate for Stirling, Judith Cullity.

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WA Election Wrap

Edith Cowan University, Kate Purnell

The federal election was campaigned relentlessly from all sides, however, Ipsos polls on the day showed the Australian Labor Party (ALP) ahead of The Liberal Party 52-48. Despite this, and all other polls leading up to the election showing a Labor victory, The Coalition secured themselves another term. When examining where Labor went wrong the ABC’s Patricia Karvelas noted Bill Shorten's shortage...

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Public schools left out by Federal promises: WASSEA

Edith Cowan University, Jaxon Bassett

A surge in the number of Catholic and independent schools on the back of increased Federal funding is “fracturing our society”, according to Western Australian Secondary Schools Executives Association president Armand0 Giglia.

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Franking credit changes: Winners and losers?

Edith Cowan University, Madelin Hayes

Labor’s proposal to remove refunds of unused imputation credits has reignited intense debate among Australian investors amid claims retirees and self-managed super fund members would be hardest hit.

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Safety in Stirling: Is it a safe bet?

Edith Cowan University, Grenville Francis

Safe homes in safe environments will hold just as much voting power as secure jobs and better pay packets in the polling booths of the not-so-safe seat of Stirling.

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