Albany – WA 2017

ALP 1.1%

Incumbent MP
Peter Watson, since 2001.

Geography
The seat of Albany covers the City of Albany and the neighbouring Shire of Jerramungup. Most of the population is in the Albany urban area.

Redistribution
The seat of Albany previously covered just the City of Albany, but has expanded to take in the Shire of Jerramungup, which was previously contained in Wagin. These changes cut the Labor margin from 2% to 1.1%.

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, 2008 and 2013.

Candidates

Assessment
Albany is a marginal Labor seat, but as a regional seat it is unlike most Labor seats. It is unclear how much of the growth in the Labor vote at a statewide level will benefit Labor in Albany.

2013 result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Peter Watson Labor 8,28439.3+0.238.4
Trevor Cosh Liberal 6,06128.8-4.128.5
Robert Sutton Nationals 4,35720.7+7.422.1
Diane Evers Greens 1,1375.4-2.25.4
Hans VermeulenAustralian Christians8313.9-0.93.9
Barry CritchisonFamily First3861.8-0.41.8
Informal8283.8

2013 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Peter Watson Labor 10,95752.0+1.851.1
Trevor Cosh Liberal 10,09448.0-1.848.9

Booth breakdown


Booths have been divided into four parts. Polling places in rural areas have been split into those to the east and west of Albany. The five polling places in the King River area near Albany have also been grouped together, with those in the Albany area (making up a majority of the seat’s population) have been grouped together.

Labor won over 54% of the vote after preferences in Albany, and a slim majority in western booths. The Nationals won a majority of the primary vote in the east, while the Liberal Party won a slim 51% majority in King River.

The Nationals primary vote ranged from 20% in Albany to 52% in the east of the seat.

Voter groupNAT %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Albany19.954.410,83850.0
King River21.249.13,06214.1
West22.450.92,0319.4
East52.230.31,0234.7
Pre-poll20.850.01,4446.7
Other votes21.148.83,25815.0

Election results in Albany at the 2013 WA state election
Click on the ‘visible layers’ box to toggle between two-party-preferred votes and Nationals primary votes.

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