Nola Marino, since 2007.
South-western corner of Western Australia. Forrest covers the towns of Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and Collie. Forrest is made up of Augusta-Margaret River, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey and Nanrup council areas.
Forrest was created for the 1922 election. It has been held predominantly by conservative parties, first by the Country Party before the Second World War and then the Liberal Party. It has only been won by the ALP at three elections.
John Prowse won Forrest in 1922 for the Country Party. Prowse had won the seat of Swan in 1919, before moving to the new seat in 1922. Prowse held the seat for two decades, until his defeat in 1943.
The ALP’s Nelson Lemmon won Forrest in 1943. He was re-elected in 1946, and was then appointed Minister for Works and Housing in the Chifley government, and he was responsible for the commencement of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. He lost Forrest in 1949.
The Liberal Party’s Gordon Freeth won Forrest in 1949. He was appointed to the Menzies government’s ministry in 1958, and served as a minister continuously until his defeat in 1969, when Forrest was won by the ALP’s Frank Kirwan.
Kirwan lost in 1972, going against the trend which saw the Whitlam government end 23 years of Liberal rule. He was defeated by Liberal candidate Peter Drummond. Drummond held the seat until his retirement in 1987.
Geoff Prosser won Forrest in 1987. He joined the Liberal frontbench in 1990, and was appointed as a minister in the Howard government after the 1996 election. He only lasted until 1997, when he was forced to resign due to breaches of the code of conduct. He served as a backbencher until his retirement in 2007.
Nola Marino was elected in 2007, and re-elected in 2010.
- John Borlini (Labor)
- Bev Custers (Family First)
- Nola Marino (Liberal)
- Mark Morien (Rise Up Australia)
- Wayne Barnett (Australian Christians)
- Gordon Tayler (Greens)
- Ian Tuffnell (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Michael Rose (Nationals)
- Edward Dabrowski (Palmer United Party)
Forrest is a safe Liberal seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into six areas. Polling places in Bunbury, Busselton, Collie and Harvey local government areas have been divided along council lines, with the remainder of the electorate split into “South” and “Central”.
The Liberal Party won a majority in five areas, varying from just under 52% in the south to 63.5% in Busselton. The ALP won a large 65.4% majority in the town of Collie.
The Greens vote varied from 7.5% in Collie to 27.1% in the south of the seat.
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