Meet the Five Women Labor Hope will Defeat Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal Party at Next Federal Election

These are the five Labor women hoping to tear down the Turnbull government in WA and deliver victory to Bill Shorten at the next election.

From a decorated police officer to a former union official, each woman brings her own life experience to the role, but all have the same aim: to win one of the five seats targeted by the Labor Party as “winnable” at the next federal election.

In the Opposition’s sights are the marginal seats of Hasluck, Swan and Pearce, and further up the pendulum, the seats of Stirling and Canning – all held by men.

“I say, take notice, you are on notice,” candidate for the seat of Canning, Mellisa Teede, says to government MPs, including Andrew Hastie who holds Canning on a 6.8 per cent margin.

“The women of Labor are now leaning in, and we are going to be there, we are going to keep you accountable in these electorates. Watch this space.”

For Canning, Ms Teede lists job creation, infrastructure and quality education as the key issues of concern to votes, while other candidates nominate health, aged care and the “debacle” of the NBN.

Hannah Beazley, daughter of former Labor leader Kim, said that the candidates would be focused on delivering a “fair go” for WA, including better services and infrastructure.

“I think it is the first time in a long time that WA will play a very decisive role in the election and that is great for the people of WA,” she said.

“Our candidates here ….are incredibly important for a Shorten Labor government.”

Ms Beazley is hoping to snare the seat of Swan, held by long-serving Liberal MP Steve Irons on a 3.6 per cent margin when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull decides to go to the polls, expected early next year.


On the GST crisis that has seen federal Labor at odds with the McGowan government, all five of the candidates said they were happy to be campaigning on the $1.6bn Fair Share for WA Fund which will lift the state’s payments to a 70 cent floor equivalent.

“We have already looked at the problems in WA as far as a fair share goes, and we have put in a resolution of a $1.6b fund that is more significant to me than any hypothetical response to a delayed report,” Kim Travers, the candidate for the seat of Pearce says.

Melita Markey, chief operating officer of the Asbestos Diseases Society, said she did not believe the party’s resistance to changing the GST distribution formula would be a problem, even if the government did decide to change the carve-up to give WA a better deal.

“I am happy with what Bill Shorten is doing, she said.

Lauren Palmer, who grew up in a political family attending rallies and has recently worked for the Maritime Union as a policy adviser, said running for the seat of Hasluck felt like a “natural progression” for her.

“It is an incredible honour to be included in the strong female candidates that Labor has chosen,” she said.