Archive for February, 2013

Seat #31: Perth – WA 2013

Perth covers the Perth CBD and inner northern suburbs in the City of Vincent.

The seat has been held by the ALP for over 40 years, and has been held by Labor MP John Hyde since 2001.

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Seat #30: Pilbara – WA 2013

Pilbara is a Labor seat held by 7.2% in northern Western Australia, including the towns of Port Hedland, Dampier and Roebourne.

The seat has been dominated for the last century by Labor MPs. In 2008, the Nationals ran in the seat and overtook the Liberal candidate.

Labor MP Tom Stephens is retiring in 2013. Nationals leader Brendon Grylls is moving from his safe Central Wheatbelt seat to run in Pilbara. Despite the Labor margin, the Nationals are expected to gain Pilbara.

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Seat #29: Darling Range – WA 2013

Darling Range is a Liberal seat in the outer south-east of Perth. The seat has been won by the Liberal Party at every election for over 50 years. The seat is held by a margin of 7%.

In 2008, a redistribution saw the sitting member move to the new seat of Kalamunda, and Darling Range was won by Tony Simpson. Simpson’s former seat of Serpentine-Jarrahdale was also abolished.

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Seat #28: Kimberley – WA 2013

Kimberley is the northermost seat in Western Australia, covering Broome and Derby.

The seat has been held by indigenous Labor MPs since 1980. Carol Martin has held the seat since 2001, and is retiring in 2013. Labor holds the seat by a 6.8% margin.

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Seat #27: Girrawheen – WA 2013

Girrawheen is a traditionally safe Labor seat in northern Perth. The seat covers the suburbs of Darch, Girrawheen, Lansdale, Madeley and parts of Hamersley and Warwick.

Most of the seat lies at the southern end of the City of Wanneroo.

The seat is held by Labor frontbencher Margaret Quirk. The seat’s margin peaked at over 22% in 2005, but fell to 11.5% in 2008.

The seat’s boundaries were radically redrawn recently, cutting the ALP’s margin to 6.7%.

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Seat #26: Belmont – WA 2013

Belmont is a Labor seat in the inner east of Perth, covering Rivervale, Kewdale, Belmont, Cloverdale, Redcliffe, Ascot and part of South Guilford, all on the south side of the Swan River.

The seat has been held by Eric Ripper since 1989. Ripper served as Leader of the Opposition in the early 1990s and again for part of the last term, and in between served as ALP Deputy Leader under Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter. He is retiring at the election.

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Seat #25: Kalamunda – WA 2013

Kalamunda is a Liberal seat in eastern Perth. The seat covers the Darling Range suburbs of Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill, Lesmurdie, Walliston, Carmel, Darlington and Maddington between the Canning River and the Helena River.

The seat was restored at the 2008 election, after having been abolished in 1989. The current MP, John Day, who held the neighbouring seat of Darling Range from 1993 until 2008, when a large part of Darling Range was transferred into Kalamunda.

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Seat #24: Scarborough – WA 2013

Scarborough is a marginal Liberal seat in northern Perth.

The seat is held by Liberal MP Liza Harvey by a 5.2% margin. Harvey won the seat after it was created at the 2008 redistribution.

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Seat #23: Gosnells – WA 2013

Gosnells covers areas in southern Perth to the south of the Canning River, including the suburbs of Gosnells and Thornlie.

Gosnells is a marginal Labor seat. The margin of 11.4% was cut to 5.5% in 2008, and then cut further to 4.8% in 2013.

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Seat #22: Kingsley – WA 2013

Kingsley is a marginal Liberal seat in northern Perth.

Andrea Mitchell won the seat off the sitting Labor MP in 2008. The ALP won the seat for the first time in 2005, before quickly losing the seat at the next election.

Kingsley covers the suburbs of Woodvale, Kingsley, Greenwood and parts of Warwick.

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