This election was meant to be close, but Western Australia had no doubts | Ben Raue

An analysis of Saturday’s results shows voters were overwhelmingly fed up with the Liberals, and not sold on One Nation

The state election in Western Australia was predicted to be close: Labor needed a large swing to tip out the Liberal-National Coalition government, which has led the state since 2008. It was anything but close. Labor easily gained the 10 seats it needed to form government, and looks likely to gain 10 more. The swing was massive in all parts of the state, with the Liberal vote dropping dramatically.

The election was also disappointing for One Nation, whose polling a month ago suggested it was on track to easily win a swathe of upper house seats without the need for preferences, and possibly challenge for some rural lower house seats. The party polled 7% in the upper house – higher than any other minor party other than the Greens – but that will likely translate into only one or two seats on a large crossbench.

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Liberal party defends preference deal with One Nation after WA election loss

Mathias Cormann refuses to rule out deal at federal level as Barnaby Joyce says agreement ‘a mistake’

One of the architects of the Liberal party’s preference deal with One Nation in Western Australia, the federal finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has defended the controversial arrangement, and he has refused to rule out a future preference deal at the federal level.

Cormann told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday the preference deal, which put One Nation ahead of the National party in some areas, was negotiated in an attempt to put a floor under the Liberal party’s declining primary vote, which he said was as low as 29% in internal party polling.

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Prison study reveals high rate of self-harm after release and mental health failures

Emergency departments are failing to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, researchers say

One in 15 newly-released prisoners attend hospital for self-harm but emergency departments are failing in their obligations to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, new research shows.

A groundbreaking study of former prisoners, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry this month, has revealed high rates of self-harm following release from prison.

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