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Former mayor tipped to be new MP

INVERLOCH’s Jordan Crugnale is looking likely to lead the Australian Labor Party to victory in Bass, while Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien has been returned with an increased margin, following Saturday’s state election.
While the outcome of the election may not be known until later this week, Ms Crugnale, the former Bass Coast Shire Council mayor, is tipped to topple first time MP, the Liberals’ Brian Paynter.
She led Mr Paynter yesterday (Monday) afternoon, with 52.17 percent of the two party preferred vote, compared to Mr Paynter’s 47.83 percent.
Ms Crugnale’s anticipated victory follows a spending spree in the electorate and multiple visits by Premier Daniel Andrews with Ms Crugnale by his side.
Labor has announced funding for a new Wonthaggi hospital, the new Bunurong Coastal Park and extending the George Bass Coastal Walk from Kilcunda to Inverloch, and will permit camping in the area.
This comes on top of the government funding the construction of a new senior campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College.
However Ms Crugnale will not celebrate victory until the final result is announced by the Victorian Electoral Commission, with more than 10,000 votes still to be counted by yesterday afternoon.
“While there are still many votes to count and we await the VEC to formally declare the seat either way, I want to take this opportunity to thank the voters for putting their trust in the Labor Government. Work has already started and together as a community we will achieve many great things,” she said.
As for Labor’s success state-wide, Ms Crugnale said, “People have gone for a positive plan and the positive politics of the Labor Government.”
Until she became a candidate, Ms Crugnale was the acting manager of a drop in centre with Uniting Victoria in Melbourne.
She is the partner of Mark Finsterer and a mother of two boys: Augustus, 10, and Luciano, eight.
The Star left a message with Mr Paynter.
In Gippsland South, Mr O’Brien had received 66 percent of the two party preferred vote as of yesterday afternoon.
“I’m pleased personally but very disappointed elsewhere,” he said of the Coalition’s dismal results state-wide.
He said there were shortcomings in the Liberals’ campaign, with the recent change in prime minister within the federal Liberal camp a factor.
“Given Labor made no commitments to Gippsland South, they have got a lot of catching up to do and I will expect them to honour the premier’s promise of governing for all of Victoria,” Mr O’Brien said.
He said the result in Bass would have been influenced by the arrival of 15,000 additional voters in the electorate since the last election that elected Mr Paynter.
Fish Creek’s Meg Edwards is looking unlikely to be elected as the third Coalition MP for Eastern Victoria Region within the Legislative Council.
However The Nationals’ MP, Melina Bath of Koonwarra, and Liberal Edward O’Donohue are likely to be elected, along with Labor’s Jane Garrett and incumbent MP Harriet Shing and possibly the Aussie Battler Party, according to Ms Bath.
Of the overall result, Ms Bath said, “I don’t think people want to change a government until they personally start to hurt and I do not think enough people are at this point.
“It’s the hip pocket and some sort of safety issues, and they just cannot see a reason to change.”

New MP?: former Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Jordan Crugnale of Inverloch is closer to being the new Member for Bass.

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