THE first job for Ed Husic will be to seek assurance from the new Coalition government that Mount Druitt will get the MRI scanner promised.
It’s business as usual after he was returned as Chifley MP, despite forming part of an opposition government.
Mr Husic received 53.32 per cent of first preference votes on election night, compared to Liberal candidate Isabelle White who received 31.74 per cent.
It increased to 61.14 after a two-party preferred vote.
‘‘I’m humbled to be re-elected as MP,’’ Mr Husic told the Star on Monday.
‘‘It’s not just a job. You get deeply involved personally, fighting for additional services and speaking up for your constituents.’’’
Day one of his second term involved spending family time with wife Bridget and son Sam, 1.
Mr Husic will write to the new health minister to request the $6 million allocated the Mount Druitt MRI recently promised by the former government is guaranteed.
‘‘It will be tough being in opposition but I’ll have more scope to do more in the area,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll be fighting to ensure families aren’t affected by cuts about to be unleashed by the Coalition.
‘‘I’ll be doing whatever I can to improve healthcare and broadband, boosting jobs in this area, particularly in the private business sector.’’
The mood around him and neighbouring Labor MPs who retained their seats remains high.
‘‘We’d be in a totally different situation if it wasn’t for Kevin Rudd,’’ Mr Husic said.
‘‘A lot of pundits thought we’d be wiped out. But people realised the quality and high calibre of MPs out here.
‘‘I feel sorry for David Bradbury [former assistant treasurer and Lindsay MP], who was a fighter for Penrith.
‘‘But the people have spoken.’’
It’s unknown whether the former parliamentary secretary will be part of the shadow ministry.
‘‘We’ll see what happens,’’ Mr Husic said.
‘‘I’m happy to play a role wherever needed but my main focus will always be on my electorate.’’
Informal voting in Chifley remains one of the highest in NSW, which increased to 13.17 per cent.
New Lindsay MP Fiona Scott is one of the new faces in the Coalition government with nearly 53 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.
Former Labor treasurer Chris Bowen held onto his seat of McMahon with 55.92 per cent of the two-party preferred vote against former police superintendent Ray King.