Gary Gray, since 2007.
Coastal towns south of Perth. Brand covers Kwinana and Rockingham council areas and northern parts of Mandurah council, with the seat stopping short of the centre of Mandurah.
Brand was created as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives for the 1984 election. It has always been held by the ALP.
Brand was first won in 1984 by Wendy Fatin. Fatin had won the seat of Canning off the Liberal Party in 1983, and moved to the safer seat of Brand in 1984. She served as a minister in the Hawke/Keating government from 1990 to 1993, and retired in 1996.
In 1996, Brand was won by Kim Beazley. Beazley had previously been elected to the marginal seat of Swan in 1980. Beazley served as a minister from 1983 in the Hawke government, first as Minister for Aviation, then as a cabinet minister from 1984 to 1996. Beazley was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1996. He moved to the safer seat of Brand in 1996
Beazley was elected Labor leader after their 1996 election loss, and led the ALP to the 1998 and 2001 elections. After losing in 2001 he stepped down as Labor leader. He challenged for the leadership twice in 2003, but lost first to Simon Crean and then to Mark Latham. After serving on Mark Latham’s frontbench in the lead-up to the 2004 election, he was elected Labor leader in early 2005. He served in that role until December 2006, when he was replaced by Kevin Rudd, and he retired from the seat of Brand at the 2007 election. Beazley is now the Australian Ambassador to the United States.
Brand was won in 2007 by Gary Gray. Gray had been employed as an election organiser for the Australian Labor Party national office from 1986 to 1999, and was National Secretary for the 1996 and 1998 elections.
Gray was re-elected in 2010 with his margin cut from 6% to 3.3%. Gray was promoted to Cabinet in March 2013 as Minister for Resources and Energy.
- Andrew Newhouse (Family First)
- Craig Lawrence (Palmer United Party)
- Gary Gray (Labor)
- Mick Le-Cocq (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Paul James Young (Australian Democrats)
- Gabrielle Lisanne Iriks (Rise Up Australia)
- Dawn Jecks (Greens)
- Bob Burdett (Australian Christians)
- Donna Gordin (Liberal)
Brand has always been held by the ALP, but has often come close to being lost. With the ALP doing very poorly in Western Australia at the moment, no Labor seat in the west is safe, and Brand could very well fall.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. Booths in Kwinana and Mandurah local government areas have been grouped together. Booths in Rockingham local government areas have been split between Rockingham in the north and Warnbro in the south.
The ALP won majorities in three areas, varying from 60% in Kwinana to 50.2% in Warnbro. The Liberal Party won a majority of 51.9% in Mandurah.
The Greens vote peaked at 17% in Kwinana and dropped to 11.7% in Mandurah.
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