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What issues will a WA Senate re-vote be fought on?

Cook, I. (2014) What issues will a WA Senate re-vote be fought on? The Conversation, 19 February 2014 .

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It appears certain that Western Australians will vote in fresh Senate elections later this year. Following the initial vote last September and the recount – when 1375 votes were unable to be located – the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, declared yesterday that:

The only relief appropriate is for the election to be declared void.

While reserving its final judgment for Thursday, a new election to elect six senators seems to be an inevitability.

The court’s decision isn’t going to recast the political landscape. And yet it’s back to the polls that Western Australians will likely go. That means new candidates and new campaigns. And more fun – unless you’re feeling election fatigue (Western Australians did have state and local government elections as well as the federal election last year).

So, what will be the key issue areas a re-vote will be fought on?

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