Peter Watson, since 2001.
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.
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.
- Barry Critchison (Family First)
- Hans Vermeulen (Australian Christians)
- Robert Sutton (Nationals)
- Peter Watson (Labor)
- Diane Evers (Greens)
- Trevor Cash (Liberal)
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 two-candidate-preferred result
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.
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