Don Randall, since 2001.
South of Perth. Canning covers urban fringe and rural areas to the south of Perth, including most of the Peel region. Canning covers the City of Armadale on the edge of Perth as well as the local government areas of Boddington, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Waroona in the Peel region. Canning also covers most of the coastal City of Mandurah.
Canning moved south, losing territory north of Armadale to Hasluck and Tangney, including the suburbs of Huntingdon and Canning Vale. Prior to the redistribution, Canning only covered those parts of Mandurah south of the Peel Inlet, and the redistribution saw Canning take in the Mandurah CBD. Canning also gained Boddington Shire from Pearce. The redistribution cut the Liberal margin from 5.6% to 4.3%.
Canning was first created for the expansion of the House of Representatives in 1949. For the early part of its history it was contested between the Liberal Party and the Country Party, and since the 1980s the seat has become much more of a Labor-Liberal marginal seat, usually being held by the party winning government.
The seat was first won in 1949 by Leonard Hamilton of the Country Party, who had previously held Swan since 1946.
Hamilton retired in 1961 and the seat was won by Liberal Neil McNeill, who was defeated by the Country Party’s John Hallett in 1963. Hallett held the seat until 1974, when the Liberal Party’s Mel Bungey defeated him.
The ALP’s Wendy Fatin won the seat in 1983 at the same time as the election of the Hawke government. Fatin transferred to the new seat of Brand in 1984, and the ALP’s George Gear transferred into Canning from Tangney, which he had held after the 1983 election.
Gear was defeated in 1996 by Ricky Johnston (LIB), who had previously ran against Gear at every election since 1984. Johnston was defeated herself by Jane Gerick (ALP) in 1998.
Gerick was defeated narrowly by Don Randall (LIB) in 2001, and Randall has held the seat ever since, holding it by a 5.6% margin in 2007.
- Alannah MacTiernan (Labor) – state MP for Armadale from 1996 to 2010 and former state Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.
- Don Randall (Liberal) – Member for Canning since 2001.
- Darren Vernede (Family First)
- Denise Hardie (Greens)
- Jamie Van Burgel (Christian Democratic Party)
- Ian Tuffnell (Citizens Electoral Council)
MacTiernan is a strong candidate, as state MP for a large proportion of the federal electorate and former minister. Randall has held the seat for over a decade but his margin is not particularly large.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
While the seat includes large rural areas, most of the population lives in two urban areas. Over 40% of votes in 2007 were cast in Armadale and over 30% cast in Mandurah. The Liberal Party won a majority in all regions, but only won a narrow majority in Armadale, winning larger majorities in the rest of the seat.
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