Julie Bishop, since 1998.
Western Perth. Curtin covers those suburbs between the northern shore of the Swan River and the Indian Ocean, stretching east to just outside of the Perth CBD. Curtin stretches as far north as Doubleview and Joondanna. Key suburbs include Churchlands, Leederville, Wembley, Jolimont, Subiaco, Kings Park, Nedlands, Claremont, Swanbourne, Mount Claremont, Karrakatta, Floreat, Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park.
Some changes were made to Curtin’s northern border. It lost the northern parts of Joondanna, and gained southern parts of Scarborough. This slightly reduced the Liberal margin from 13.6% to 13.3%.
Curtin was created as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives at the 1949 election. It has been won by the Liberal Party at all but one election, having been won by an independent former Liberal MP in 1996.
It was first won in 1949 by Paul Hasluck. He was appointed as Minister for Territories in 1951, and served in ministerial roles for the next eighteen years, eventually becoming Minister for External Affairs. In 1969 he left Parliament when appointed as Governor-General, a role he served in until 1974.
The 1969 Curtin by-election was won by Victor Garland. He joined the ministry under Billy McMahon in 1971, serving until the 1972 election. He then served as a minister in the Fraser government from 1975 to 1976 and again from 1977 until the 1980 election. In 1981 he resigned from Parliament to serve as Australia’s High Commissioner in London.
The 1981 Curtin by-election was won by Liberal candidate Allan Rocher. Rocher had been a Senator since 1977, resigning to run for the by-election. Rocher briefly served as a shadow minister in the early 1990s, but in 1996 was defeated for preselection by Ken Court, son of former Premier Charles Court, and brother of the then-Premier Richard Court. The Court government won re-election shortly before the 1996 federal election, but was engulfed in scandals involving his brother, and Rocher, running as an independent, managed to defeat Court in Curtin, winning re-election as an independent.
Rocher lost Curtin in 1998 to Liberal candidate Julie Bishop. Bishop was appointed Minister for Ageing in the Howard government in 2003, and in 2006 was promoted to cabinet as Minister for Education.
After the defeat of the Howard government in 2007, Bishop was elected as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. She has served as Deputy to three successive leaders, serving as Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations under Brendan Nelson, then Shadow Treasurer, before moving to the Foreign Affairs portfolio.
- Julie Bishop (Liberal) – Deputy Liberal leader, Member for Curtin since 1998.
- George Crisp (Greens)
- Sophie van der Merwe (Labor)
- Pat Seymour (Christian Democratic Party)
Curtin is the safest seat in Western Australia. Bishop should have no trouble winning re-election.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
These results do not take into consideration the effects of the redistribution.
Curtin covers seven whole council areas, and parts of three others. Subiaco and Nedlands council areas have been kept separate, with the remainder grouped into the North, South and East areas.
The ALP only won a majority in the eastern part of the seat, closest to the Perth CBD, where they won a slim majority. The Liberal Party won solid majorities in the rest of the seat, winning just under 58% in Subiaco and well over 60% in the rest of the seat, polling around 69% in the southern parts of the seat, including Nedlands council.
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