Mitch stays in MacKillop

THE State election is going right down to the wire, but there was no doubt about the result in the electorate of MacKillop.

Postal and absentee ballot papers are still being counted; however, as of Wednesday morning Liberal MP Mitch Williams had received 65.2 per cent of the MacKillop votes - 11,993 in total - making him a clear winner.

"I was very happy with the MacKillop result - I was quite chuffed," Mr Williams told the Herald.

"The electorate has been very kind to me over the years...this is my 17th year and it has been a privilege."

Currently the State Liberals (44.6 per cent) are out in front of Labor (36.6 per cent) on a two party preferred basis with votes still being counted.

Despite getting the majority of the vote, Labor is expected to hold 23 seats to Liberal's 22.

These figures are forecast based on the Liberal party holding leads in Hartley and Mitchell, while Labor leads in Ashford, Florey, Light, Colton, Elder and Newland.

It appears Independents Bob Such in Fisher and Geoff Brock in Frome will ultimately decide who will hold goverment.

Mr Williams said it was unfortunate there was no clear winner on the weekend.

"It's all up in the air, it's anybody's guess," Mr Williams said. "It is a great pity to have this hiatus. It's not good for the State, we need to get on with it."

A priority for Mr Williams will be looking into the electoral system which he said was "flawed" and did not reflect the views of the State as a whole.

"Most of the rural contingents are all Liberal and have been ignored by city-centric Labor," he said.

One Labor vote in the city is worth a lot more than one in the country. - Liberal Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams.

"One Labor vote in the city is worth a lot more than one in the country. It is unfair.

"I raised the issue over the last is something I feel very strongly about."

Mr Williams said he was delighted fellow Liberal Troy Bell secured the seat of Mount Gambier, which was previously held by independent Don Pegler.

"I think it's good that both seats in the SE are Liberal.

"It will enable the voice of the Liberals to be better heard in the party room."

Now re-elected, Mr Williams promised to focus his efforts on a number of key issues.

"The unconventional gas issue is causing a lot of concern and controversy, particularly around Penola," he said.

"I will be pushing for a parliamentary committee to inquire into it.

"We don't know at this stage who will be in power but I'll be working towards that whether in government or opposition.

"If the Liberals are in government it will happen very quickly."

Furthermore he will lobby for an increase in the provision of health services in the local area.

"It has really become an issue," he said. "It is one of those things which is absolutely essential."

The story Mitch stays in MacKillop first appeared on Naracoorte Herald.

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