Existential crisis: Labor may be overtaken by the Greens, veterans warn

Veteran WA Labor senator Mark Bishop has warned that his party could be overtaken by the Greens as the dominant progressive party in that state in the wake of its “disastrous” WA Senate performance.

Former WA premier Geoff Gallop issued a similarly bleak warning on Monday, saying Labor faces an “existential crisis” and will never again govern in its own right without major party reform.

Labor suffered a 5 per cent swing against it at Saturday’s WA Senate re-run, leaving the party languishing on a primary vote of 22 per cent. The party may be left with only three senators in WA - sitting senators Sue Lines and Glenn Sterle, and former union boss Joe Bullock - if current senator Louise Pratt misses out.

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