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ASHFORD, ELDER, WAITE l
VOTERS have sent Labor a strong
warning about their expectations for
the next four years, Ashford MP
Stephanie Key says.
With a predicted swing of almost 10
per cent to the Liberals after prefer-
ences (at presstime), Ashford was one
of several safe government-held seats
to take a hit at the polling booths.
Elder also suffered, with big shifts
away from Labor Minister Pat Con-
''It's good to have won, but I'm very
mindful of what the public has said
there,'' said Ms Key, who has held
Ashford since 1997.
''We need to re-set the agenda to
demonstrate to the SA public that we
will deliver on the things they think
Main issues in her seat included
securing flood mitigation work along
the Brownhill and Keswick creeks,
and improving pedestrian and cyclist
access around the Glenelg Tram over-
pass, she said.
A former Labor minister who was
dumped from cabinet after the 2006
election, Ms Key said she would again
''put up her hand'' to serve in that
capacity if given the opportunity.
''I did a good job last time and
there's no reason why I can't do it
again,'' she said.
Mr Conlon's media adviser Sam
Ion said the Transport Minister
would not make any public comment
before the official declaration.
Meantime, Martin Hamilton-
Smith returned Waite to a safe Lib-
eral stronghold on Saturday (March
20), increasing his marginal 4.3
per cent buffer to 13 per cent at
The former Liberal leader vowed to
fight against the two 23m-high deten-
tion basins proposed as part of the
$105 million Brown Hill and Keswick
Creek Stormwater project.
AHEAD: Grace Portolesi with daughter Allegra at their home on Sunday.
Picture: Helen Orr H0291168
Card saga overshadows Grace's win
BY JANE WHITFORD
THE Liberal Party at presstime had
refused to rule out taking action
against the ALP over the handing out
of ''dodgy'' how-to-vote cards in key
marginal seats, including Hartley,
during Saturday's election.
Former Liberal MP Joe Scalzi was
incensed at the move, saying it was
likely to have cost him vital votes in
the poll. At presstime, Hartley ap-
peared set to remain with sitting
member Grace Portolesi, despite a
3.7 per cent swing against her (as of
Sunday night). But Mr Scalzi, whom
Mr Portolesi defeated in 2006, was
refusing to concede defeat.
As reported by the Sunday Mail the
Liberals and Family First are
angered over the ''fake'' ALP-
authorised cards that urged Family
First voters to preference Labor, in-
stead of Liberal as Family First had
The Electoral Commission said
there was no ''technical breach'' of
the Electoral Act but, at presstime,
the Liberal Party was understood to
be weighing up its options. Mr Scalzi
said it was clearly a ''dodgy use'' of
how-to-vote cards, was ''disgraceful''
and aimed to confuse voters.
Meantime, Ms Portolesi said she
was keen to get to work right away,
with the future of the Chelsea Cinema
high on her list of priorities. ''I want
to keep it in the public's hands,'' she
Ms Portolesi said she would con-
tinue to push ETSA to find an alterna-
tive site for their proposed Glynde
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