Albany – WA 2013

ALP 0.2%

Incumbent MP
Peter Watson, since 2001.

Geography
The seat of Albany matches the boundaries of the City of Albany – a large regional council area in southern Western Australia. Most of the population is in the Albany urban area.

Redistribution
No change.

History
Albany has existed as an electoral district continuously since 1890.

The seat was held by the ALP from 1924 until 1936, then by the Country Party from 1936 until 1956. The ALP’s Jack Hall and Wyndham Cook held the seat from 1956 until 1974 in succession.

Leo Watt won the seat for the Liberal Party in 1974.  He held the seat for two decades, retiring in 1993.

The Liberal Party’s Kevin Prince saw off a fierce challenge from the National Party in 1993, and was re-elected in 1996.

In 2001, Prince was defeated by the ALP’s Peter Watson. Watson was re-elected in 2005 and 2008.

Candidates
Sitting Labor MP Peter Watson is running for re-election. The Liberal Party is running Trevor Cash. The Nationals are running Robert Sutton. The Greens are running Diane Evers.

Assessment
Albany is Labor’s most marginal seat in the state, and it will be a key target for the Liberal Party as they aim to gain a majority in their own right. The Nationals are also a presence in the seat, but would need a strong result to come in the top two.

2008 result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Peter Watson ALP 7,709 39.1 +2.5
Andrew Partington LIB 6,486 32.9 -2.7
Sam Harma NAT 2,628 13.3 +5.2
Diane Evers GRN 1,492 7.6 +1.7
Justin Moseley CDP 950 4.8 +0.8
Colin Pyle FF 431 2.2 -0.7

2008 two-candidate-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Peter Watson ALP 9,884 50.2 +2.5
Andrew Partington LIB 9,795 49.8 -2.5

 

Polling booths in Albany at the 2008 WA state election. East in yellow, West in red, King River in green, Albany in blue.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into four areas. Booths in the Albany urban area have been grouped together. A cluster of booths around the King River area north of Albany have also been grouped together.

The scattered regional booths have been divided into East and West.

The ALP polled over 40% in the Albany area, which makes up a majority of the seat. The Liberal vote varied from 30.8% in Albany to 36.8% in King River.

Voter group ALP % LIB % NAT % GRN % Total votes % of votes
Albany 41.20 30.77 13.00 7.15 10,804 54.85
King River 36.90 36.78 13.38 6.08 2,534 12.87
West 36.20 31.66 13.46 12.05 1,917 9.73
East 28.98 34.49 22.68 7.40 635 3.22
Other votes 37.97 36.89 12.69 7.54 3,806 19.32

Labor primary votes in Albany at the 2008 WA state election.

Labor primary votes in the Greater Albany area at the 2008 WA state election.

Liberal primary votes in Albany at the 2008 WA state election.

Liberal primary votes in the Greater Albany area at the 2008 WA state election.

Nationals primary votes in Albany at the 2008 WA state election.

Nationals primary votes in the Greater Albany area at the 2008 WA state election.