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Australian PM Faces Uphill Battle in Struggling Mining Heartland

  • PM’s jobs and growth pledge rings hollow in Western Australia
  • Labor targeting Liberal seats in Perth in July 2 election
Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Turnbull.

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In the one-time engine room of Australia’s resources bonanza, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election pledge of creating jobs and growth is ringing hollow for many voters.

An economic downturn in Western Australia and claims the Liberal state government squandered the proceeds of the mining boom are a fillip for the opposition Labor party ahead of the July 2 election. Polls indicate Labor could make its first net gain in the state in almost two decades, loosening the prime minister’s grip on power nationally.