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Federal election 2022: How Western Australia could decide who wins poll

At least three crucial marginal seats in Western Australia could hold the key to determining the next Prime Minister, and it appears both major parties still have a shot.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese spent a significant amount of time campaigning in WA — both alongside hugely popular Labor Premier Mark McGowan, clearly hoping to ride on his coat tails.

Labor even launched their campaign in WA, while Mr Morrison has repeatedly talked up his GST win for the state.

But just how much of their political spin is white noise for the general public?

PERTH , AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos - March 17 2022. Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan (left) meets Prime Minister Scott MOrrison at McCallum Park to make a Perth City Deal announcement together. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith
Camera IconScott Morrison has repeatedly tried to tell WA voters he works well with popular Premier Mark McGowan. NCA NewsWire/Sharon Smith Credit: NCA NewsWire

Election analyst William Bowe told NCA NewsWire that while Mr Morrison had endured backlash over cost of living pressures facing many people, Mr Albanese had not done himself any favours by making gaffes on the campaign trail.

“Mr Albanese has made his gaffes. I think that that probably limits the extent to which there’s going to be a kind of cost of living backlash against the government,” Mr Bowe said.

The most significant gaffe was on day one of the campaign when Mr Albanese failed to recall the cash and unemployment rates.

“I think that people always tend to think that the Liberals are probably going to manage the economy better than Labor and it was unhelpful that he seemed to reinforce that point,” Mr Bowe said.

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