Mr Porter, who delivered a 3.2 per cent swing towards the Liberals, said every single commentator had written him off six months ago.
«What do you say when you’re looking into the face of political death? You say not today!» he said.
«I always believed that we would win this seat. Our campaign has been truly local – we believe in each other.
«We faced down everything they had to throw at us – every dollar that Get Up could raise from overseas – we stood by each other – we are neighbours and we are friends and we believe in what we do.
«I want to thank every single one of you in this room – we just appreciate it enormously.»
Just after 11pm, Mr Irons claimed victory in Swan with 52.2 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.
Hannah Beazley, the daughter of WA Governor Kim Beazley, struggled to improve Labor’s primary vote, despite reports the party was sinking more than half a million dollars into their campaign.
Ms Beazley did not concede defeat last night but said it was not the result she wanted.
«My number one aim was to get to today and leave no stone unturned, and we did just that,» she said.
In Canning, another seat Labor had hoped to win in WA, high profile MP Andrew Hastie was returned with a significant swing of 5 per cent towards the Liberals on the back of two years of local campaigning, especially in Mandurah.
He said he was shocked at the Coalition’s result.
«This is an incredibly humbling moment to be re-elected as your federal member for the next three years,» Mr Hastie said.
«It’s only happened because so many people in our community pitched in, worked hard for our country.
«It’s an overwhelming result, and a result we can all be proud of, and it’s exceptionally humbling.»
Ms Hammond paid tribute to Ms Bishop.
«Julie has obviously served this electorate of ours for the last 21 years superbly and people have said to me along the way you have big shoes to fill,» she said.
«And of course they are big shoes to fill; Julie did a magnificent job and she deserves praise and recognition for all that she did. I am extremely grateful that trust has been put in me to do it with my own shoes.
«I’ll be Celia. My shoes are a bit daggy, yeah, they all agree, but sincere thank you. I’m looking forward to the honour and privilege of representing everybody in the seat of Curtin.»
Nathan is WAtoday’s political reporter.