Vanessa Goodwin (LIB), since 2009.
Eastern shore of the Derwent River. Pembroke covers the eastern suburbs of Hobart, separated from the majority of the urban area by the river. Pembroke covers the suburbs between Otago in the north and Tranmere in the south.
In the 2009 redistribution, Pembroke outwards, expanding north along the shore of the Derwent to Otago, and expanding inland to cover areas along the Meehan Range.
Pembroke has existed as a Legislative Council seat continuously since 1856. The seat was held by independents by over 130 years, but in recent decades has been one of the few seats to be contested by the major parties.
Three generations of the Murdoch family (James Sr, James Jr and John) consecutively held the seat from 1903 to 1936. James Jr and John both won the seat on the death of their father.
Ben McKay held the seat from 1959 until his death in 1976. He was succeeded by his son Peter.
Peter McKay was elected as an independent, but joined the Liberal Party in 1991. He served as a minister from 1996 to 1998.
McKay retired in 1999, and the by-election was won by Clarence mayor Cathy Edwards, defeating Lara Giddings (who went on to become Premier).
Edwards was defeated in 2001 by Labor candidate Allison Ritchie. Ritchie was re-elected in 2007 with 42.9% of the primary vote.
In 2009, Ritchie resigned from Parliament.
The 2009 by-election was won by Liberal candidate Vanessa Goodwin.
- Vanessa Goodwin (Liberal) – Sitting MLC.
- Wendy Heatley (Greens) – Candidate at 2009 by-election.
- Allison Ritchie – Former Labor MLC 2001-2009.
Goodwin is likely to be re-elected. Support for Labor has declined since the last election, while Liberal support has increased.
2007 result – after distribution of preferences
2009 by-election result
2009 by-election result – after distribution of preferences
Booths have been divided into three areas: North, Central and South.
The table and map for the 2007 election does not take into account the redistribution. The 2009 by-election used the redistributed boundaries.
In 2007, the ALP’s primary vote was relatively consistent, varying from 43.9% in the centre to 42.4% in the south. Independent candidate Richard James (who came second on primary votes) had his highest vote in the north, and his lowest in the centre. The Greens vote varied from 12.5% in the south to 14.3% in the centre.
In 2009, the Liberal vote was much higher, with almost 44% in the south, compared to 35% in the centre and north. James’ vote varied from 14% in the north to 9.4% in the south.
2007 election breakdown
|Voter group||ALP %||James %||GRN %||Total votes||% of votes|
2009 by-election breakdown
|Voter group||LIB %||GRN %||James %||Bacon %||Total votes||% of votes|