WA Labor leader Mark McGowan visits the Civmec Construction and Engineering company in Perth on Friday.
WA Labor leader Mark McGowan visits the Civmec Construction and Engineering company in Perth on Friday. DAN PELED

Barnett says Labor costings 'cobbled'

LONG-serving West Australian Premier Colin Barnett used his final election campaign media conference yesterday to blast Labor's election promise costings as flimsy, fake and cobbled together by "a couple of Labor mates”.

Despite criticism over WA's rising debt, Mr Barnett said the state had prospered through difficult times under his government and the economy was improving.

The 66-year-old said a vote for Labor in today's poll was " a vote for a return to Dullsville”.

Under pressure over the Liberal Party's controversial preference swap deal with One Nation, Mr Barnett admitted on ABC radio he was personally uncomfortable with the deal.

"But at the same time, can I say I accept the reality of that,” he said.

"Micro parties game the system. They game it and trade preferences.”

A firm favourite to become WA's next premier, Labor leader Mark McGowan has been endorsed by the state's only daily newspaper, The West Australian.



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