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Federal election 2022: Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt expected to lose seat in Coalition bloodbath

In what is looking like a historic bloodbath for the WA Liberals, even Ken Wyatt is expected to sensationally lose his seat.

The nation’s first Minister for Indigenous Australians had managed to previously stare down many challenges to continually retain the electorate of Hasluck, which he has held since 2010.

But late on Saturday night Labor challenger Tania Lawrence held a strong 55-45 advantage. While Labor had nominated Hasluck as a target early in the its campaign the seat was not widely viewed as a serious chance of turning red, based largely on Mr Wyatt’s personal popularity as a well-known and respected local member.

Thirteen years ago Mr Wyatt became the first Aboriginal person to be elected to Australia’s Lower House.

Ms Lawrence suggested Scott Morrison’s tenure as prime minister caused Liberal backlash among voters and contributed towards her likely victory.

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