Durack – Australia 2019

LIB 11.1%

Incumbent MP
Melissa Price, since 2013.

Geography
North of Western Australia. Durack covers a majority of Western Australia’s landmass, stretching from the northern Wheatbelt outside of Perth, covering the coast all the way to the Northern Territory border. Major towns include Geraldton, Broome and Port Hedland.

History
Durack was created in 2010, out of northern parts of O’Connor and Kalgoorlie.

Kalgoorlie had previously swung between Labor and Liberal, and was held by the ALP’s Graeme Campbell from 1980.

Campbell was expelled from the ALP in 1995, and was re-elected in 1996.

Campbell lost to the Liberal Party’s Barry Haase in 1998.

Haase moved to Durack in 2010, and won a fifth term.

Haase retired in 2013, and was succeeded by Liberal candidate Melissa Price, who was re-elected in 2016.

Candidates

Assessment
The Nationals have held ambitions to challenge for Durack, and managed to come second in 2013. This threat seems less credible now, and the Liberal Party is not in any real danger from Labor.

2016 result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Melissa Price Liberal 32,01141.7+3.6
Carol Martin Labor 19,86025.9+5.9
Lisa Cole Nationals 12,25716.0-7.4
Ian James Greens 7,71010.1+3.1
Mitchell SambellRise Up Australia2,8853.8+2.7
Grahame GouldAustralian Christians1,9662.6+1.3
Informal3,1223.9

2016 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Melissa Price Liberal 46,82361.1-4.0
Carol Martin Labor 29,86638.9+4.0

Booth breakdown

Booths have been divided into six areas. Those in the Geraldton urban area have been grouped together. The rest of the electorate was split into five areas. From north to south, these are Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid West and Wheatbelt.

The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all but one area, ranging from 52.5% in the Pilbara to 70.3% in the mid-west. Labor 54.4% in the Kimberley.

The Nationals came third, with a primary vote ranging from 7.8% in the Kimberley to 22.4% in the mid-west.

The Greens primary vote ranged from 6.9% in the mid-west to 17.5% in the Kimberley.

Voter groupGRN prim %NAT prim %LIB 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Geraldton9.713.261.414,04518.3
Other votes10.015.958.912,36916.1
Pilbara10.511.352.59,53012.4
Kimberley17.57.845.66,5148.5
Mid West6.922.470.35,9807.8
Gascoyne9.818.861.12,9003.8
Pre-poll10.713.161.215,04519.6
Wheatbelt6.429.175.210,30613.4

Election results in Durack at the 2016 federal election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes, Nationals primary votes and Greens primary votes.


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