West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is set to choose his new cabinet ministers after leading Labor to a blowout election victory.
Labor is predicted to claim up to 53 of 59 lower house seats on the back of a remarkable 16.9 per cent swing in Saturday’s election.
It is a generational defeat for the Liberals, who are set to be reduced to as few as two MPs and lose their opposition status to the Nationals.
The Labor caucus will meet this week to sign off on ministerial appointments, including the retired Ben Wyatt’s replacement as treasurer.
Deputy Premier Roger Cook could switch from the health portfolio while Transport Minister Rita Saffioti is another strong option.
The new cabinet is likely to be sworn in on Friday.
With 43 per cent of lower house votes counted, Labor has almost three times the number of first-preference votes of the Liberal party.
No government in WA has enjoyed such a parliamentary majority, and there is still a possibility Labor could also win control of the upper house.
Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup is among the raft of Liberal casualties, becoming the first WA Liberal leader to lose their seat since the 1930s.
Deputy leader Libby Mettam and David Honey have retained their safe seats of Vasse and Cottesloe respectively.
But Labor remained ahead on Sunday in close races for the blue-ribbon Liberal seats of Nedlands and Churchlands.
That the leafy western suburbs of Nedlands could swing to Labor would have been unthinkable even 12 months ago.
Nationals leader Mia Davies is on track to become WA’s opposition leader, with her party predicted to hold four or five lower house seats.
Mr McGowan said he was yet to speak with Ms Davies and it was too soon to know whether the Nationals would claim opposition status.
He said voters had rewarded his government’s strong management of the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been a long road for me – I’ve been in parliament for 24 years,” he said.
“The last two and half months for this election campaign were a pretty hard road but it’s all worth it because at the end of the day I’m here to serve.
“The people of this state have been wonderful to me and I want to ensure I continue to give something back.”