Liberal MP Zak Kirkup holds press conference outside Peel Health Campus to discuss funding

With five days until the election, the pressure is on WA opposition leader Zak Kirkup as he fights to retain Liberal seats.

Joined by Liberal candidate for Mandurah Ryan Burns and Liberal candidate for Murray-Wellington Michelle Boylan, Mr Kirkup appeared outside of the Peel Health Campus on Monday to discuss hospital funding.

Mr Kirkup - who holds his seat of Dawesville by a margin of just 0.8 per cent - said he was there to discuss part of a "very important issue that's happening across Western Australia" - ambulance ramping.

"Ambulances are waiting longer than ever before to get patients out of the ambulance into emergency," he said.

"In January alone it was the worst record we've ever had of ambulance ramping with 4,111 hours of patients waiting to be transported into emergency."

Community residents and supporters of Mr Kirkup were visibly tense as reporters fired questions at the MP, with one shouting "go away" and another "go back and sell newspapers".

As Mr Kirkup gestured towards Peel Health Campus he said it was a hospital that has had "significant underinvestment".

"For years now the Labor government has ignored Mandurah and the Peel communities, and has failed to provide any meaningful funding to expand our hospital. Only on the dawn of an election does Labor actually stump up and put any money to it," he said.

"The Liberal party has been fighting incredibly hard to make sure that Peel Health Campus gets the attention that it deserves."

Mandurah MP David Templeman has slammed Mr Kirkup's claims in the past, saying the Labor government had a strong commitment to the hospital.

"What you have to remember before the last election is that the previous government...simply signed a renewal of a contract for five years, which essentially put that hospital on a holding pattern," Mr Templeman said.

"That was a very poor decision from the previous government and they did it just before the last election."

Premier Mark McGowan has also previously defended the state government's funding of the Peel Health Campus, calling criticism from Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup "the height of hypocrisy".

Mr Kirkup stated on Monday that he was in full support of mental health services and supported expansions to include much-needed eating disorder clinics in the Peel region.

"We've got a comprehensive mental health plan as the Liberal party - $316 million to provide more community-based mental health services. I understand the impact in particular that eating disorders have - particularly on younger Western Australians. We need to make sure that we invest in that, absolutely."

Mr Kirkup very much remained in the hot seat as reporters asked where he stood among controversial opinions and statements made by Liberal party members and members of parties placed in high positions on the 'how-to-vote' ballot.

When asked, his response to the One Nation Forrestfield candidate Roger Barnett's racially motivated social media remarks, Mr Kirkup responded "they are disgusting, they are vile, that gentleman should never have found his way onto a ballot paper".

Mr Kirkup will travel around Western Australia for his campaign in the next few days in the lead up to polling day.

Voters head to the polls on March 13 under WA's four-year fixed term system, with an eight per cent swing needed for Labor to lose office

Polls are predicting a strong Labor win which could reduce the Liberals to a handful of seats.


* Labor 40 (+19 from 2017)

* Liberals 13 (-18)

* Nationals 6 (-1)


* Labor 14

* Liberals 9

* Nationals 4

* Greens 4

* Pauline Hanson's One Nation 2

* Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 1

* Liberal Democrats 1

* Western Australia Party 1


* 1.7 million eligible voters

* 788 candidates and 19 political parties contesting the election

* More than a million votes expected to be cast before polling day.


* Incumbent premier and Labor leader Mark McGowan. Has enjoyed record approval ratings for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Opposition and Liberal leader Zak Kirkup. First-term MP who has held the top job for just four months and is battling to save his own seat.


* A Newspoll published by The Weekend Australian on February 20 showed WA Labor leading 68 to 32 per cent on a two-party preferred basis - a result which, if replicated on March 13, would reduce the Liberals to as few as two seats.


* The government's strong COVID-19 response, which has prevented any community transmission of the virus since last April.

* Concerns about when borders will reopen and what restrictions might remain beyond the pandemic.

* Creating jobs and diversifying the economy.

* Climate change and renewable energy.


* Dawesville (LIB) - Held by Liberal leader Zak Kirkup on a margin of just 0.8 per cent.

* Hillarys (LIB) - The most at-risk Liberal seat, held by Peter Katsambanis on a 0.4 per cent margin.

* Scarborough (LIB) - Former leader Liza Harvey's seat could fall to Labor for the first time in 30 years.

* Geraldton (NAT) - Three-way race with Labor and the Liberals challenging the Nationals incumbent.

* Bateman (LIB) - Fairly safe Liberal seat targeted by Labor during the campaign.