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☐ Returned Blaxland MP Jason Clare is congratulated by voters Bishop Peter Kekere, Joshua Mas and Mouhamed Codmani at Bankstown Station

THE voters have spoken and now it’s time to get on with the job, says Jason Clare, who was returned as the Labor MP for Blaxland, despite suffering a swing against him.

His fellow local incumbents – David Coleman (Banks), Linda Burney (Barton) and Tony Burke (Watson) – have also been returned following Saturday’s Federal Election.

DAVID Coleman and Linda Burney have strengthened the hold on their seats, while Jason Clare and Tony Burke will also be returned, despite suffering swings against them at Saturday’s Federal Election.

Mr Coleman retains the seat of Banks with more than a seven per cent swing to him, as will Ms Burney who received a swing of almost three per cent in her favour. Mr Clare and Mr Watson suffered a three percent and two percent swing against them.

With counting still continuing, it looks increasingly likely that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Coalition Government will win the Federal Election with a slight majority.

Mr Coleman said it was a great honour to be elected again as the Member for Banks, and thanked the community for its support.

“I will continue to work as hard as I can for our area,”

David Coleman

“I am looking forward to implementing a number of local projects, including work along the Georges River, the upgrade of King Georges Road, and improving facilities for our local sporting clubs.”

Mr Clare was also grateful to residents for re-electing him.

“It is an enormous privilege to represent all of us in the Australian Parliament,”

Jason Clare

“Unemployment in our local area is still high. Traffic congestion is massive and big improvements are needed to make sure kids in our local area get the education they need to get a great job in the future.

“I will keep fighting to fix all of these things.

“The result was really disappointing, but we just have to get back up, look at what we did wrong and learn from our mistakes.”

Mr Burke said he will continue to stand in the way of the “cuts and the chaos that we know a Morrison Government will try to deliver”. 

“I’ve stood side by side with the community for years, and I’m really honoured that the community has asked me to keep doing that into the future,” he said.