Labor MP Susan Templeman retained the Macquarie seat, delivering a victory speech to supporters in Springwood after 9pm on election night [May 21].
“We live in a special place and we have just shown tonight how special the people of Macquarie are. They have delivered beautifully and I want to thank everyone who has supported me so that we have taken Macquarie for the Labor Party,” she told the Royal. Hotel.
“I feel truly honored to have been elected for the third time. I think this is the first time in history that a Labor has held this seat, with these limits, for three terms.”
Liberal candidate Hawkesbury Councilor Sarah Richards said in a statement to the Gazette on election night: “Obviously, after working so hard for several years, tonight’s loss is incredibly disappointing.
“I congratulate my opponent on his victory.
“I want to thank the wonderful people who have supported me on this journey, especially my partner Matt who has been my rock, my three beautiful children, and my friends and family who have supported me.
“I also want to thank the loyal Liberal volunteers who supported our positive campaign.”
At 10 p.m. on election night, the Australian Electoral Commission predicted Labor would win 56.11% of the two-party preferred vote in Macquarie, with the Liberal Party taking 43.89%. This would represent a bipartisan swing to Labor of almost 6%.
That was a far cry from the 2019 federal election, when the result took 16 days to be decided and ended with a 0.2% victory for Susan Templeman, making Macquarie the most marginal seat in the country.
Ms Templeman made a statement to the media on Sunday. He said: “Thank you to all those people who have trusted me to represent this community in Canberra as part of an Albanian Labor Government.
“This outcome reflects years of consistent work by the team that supports me to serve the community. It also reflects real failures by the Morrison government, including caring for people on NDIS and the elderly, protecting Medicare and to take real action on climate change.
“I have no doubt that bringing about the many changes the Macquarie community expects and deserves will take time and hard work, and I can’t wait to get started so that we can see changes for the better over the next three years.
“As people know, whether you voted for me or not, I take my responsibility to represent the interests of our community and stand up for people very seriously. I have done that in opposition for years and I I will continue to do so in government.
“To everyone who helped me achieve this historic victory, the first time Labor has held Macquarie for three terms, I want to thank you. Whether you told people about your experience with me, whether you had my face on your fence or whether you returned to the polls, every contribution and commitment was appreciated and valued.
“And to those who listened: thank you.”
Sarah Richards posted a statement on her Facebook page on Sunday. He said: “Over the past 3 years I have had the pleasure of helping our community through difficult times. There are many moments of strength, resilience and courage in adversity, which I witnessed and will never forget.
“If we crossed paths, I hope the help I gave helped you in some way.
“As this election is now over, I am truly proud of the legacy my candidacy will leave. Head space in Katoomba and soon one for the Hawkesbury, funding for the Hawkesbury River Third Crossing, a wellness center for veterans in Scheyville and a multi-million dollar upgrade to Glenbrook Oval (among many others). I also note that my promises to fix the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains roads have been matched, so looking forward to seeing this too.
“None of the above would have been possible without the full support of the previous coalition government. To Marise, Alex, Scott and all the ministers and MPs who came to help Macquarie, my endless thanks for your guidance and above all , for your friendship. The opportunity to be part of your team is one that I will always remember.
“If anything can come out of this experience, I hope the local narrative of hate and aggression that consumes some people will finally come to an end. If there’s one thing I’d like to do moving forward, it’s to make laws around the abuse of social media, even such behavior has no place in our society and people need to be held accountable for malicious lies It’s time to lift the standards.
“To the MP for Macquarie, I wish you well in meeting the challenges ahead.
“To everyone who has supported this campaign – friends, family, colleagues and volunteers – your commitment has been second to none. I cannot name you all because the list here would be too long. You have all made sacrifices and played a part My sincere thanks for your efforts. A special thank you to my dear Matthew – your dedication, passion and drive, even though under constant personal attack, has been a blessing. I am proud to have you by my side.
“Right now it’s time to reflect, consider next steps, spend some quality time with Matt and hug my babies a little tighter and a little longer. They’re happy to be back together. their mom.”