Rick Wilson, since 2013.
- Candidate summary
- 2019 results
- Booth breakdown
- Results maps
Regional Western Australia. O’Connor is a massive electorate, covering the southern half of Western Australia away from the heavily-populated south-western corner of the state. O’Connor covers the major centres of Kalgoorlie, Albany and Esperance, as well as southern parts of the wheatbelt. The seat stretches as far west as Collie, Nannup and Manjimup.
O’Connor expanded to take in Boddington council area from Canning, Beverley council area from Pearce, Nannup council area from Forrest and a collection of fifteen council areas from Durack, as well as Wiluna Shire further north. These changes increased the Liberal margin from 14.5% to 15.4%.
A seat has existed with the name of O’Connor since 1980, but the boundaries were redrawn radically before the 2010 election. The neighbouring seat of Kalgoorlie was abolished, with northern parts of Kalgoorlie and O’Connor going into a new seat of Durack, with O’Connor taking in southern parts of Kalgoorlie.
O’Connor was won in 1980 by the Liberal Party’s Wilson Tuckey.
Tuckey served on the Liberal frontbench from 1984 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1996. He served as a minister in the Howard government from 1998 to 2003.
Tuckey developed a reputation as a maverick and a member of the Liberal Party’s far right. The ALP never threatened Tuckey’s hold on the seat, but in 2007 he was considered at risk of losing. The Nationals gained a large swing and came within 3% of overtaking the ALP, while Tuckey’s primary vote fell below 50%.
Kalgoorlie had traditionally been dominated by the ALP, but was won by the Liberal Party’s Barry Haase in 1998.
Haase ran for Durack in 2010, while Tuckey again ran for O’Connor.
Tuckey was defeated in a close race by the Nationals candidate, Tony Crook. Crook benefited from Labor and Greens preferences.
After one term, Crook retired in 2013, and Liberal candidate Rick Wilson was elected by a narrow margin over the Nationals candidate. Wilson won re-election in 2016 and 2019.
The Liberal Party is at no risk of losing O’Connor. In the past the Nationals have won this seat. They would need to significantly increase their vote, but it remains their most viable option in the state.
|Dean Smith||One Nation||7,252||8.4||+8.4||8.5|
|Nelson Blake Gilmour||Greens||7,245||8.4||-1.9||8.2|
|Ian ‘T Hart||Australian Christians||2,527||2.9||-1.1||2.7|
|Anthony James Fels||United Australia Party||1,598||1.9||+1.9||1.9|
|Peter Swift||Western Australia Party||1,279||1.5||+1.5||1.6|
|Nicholas Andrew Robinson||Great Australian Party||883||1.0||+1.0||0.9|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas, along local government areas. There are a large number of council areas in O’Connor. Booths in the north-east, including Kalgoorlie, have been grouped as Goldfields. Booths in the south-east include Esperance. The ‘Great Southern’ area includes Albany, and makes up over 40% of the election-day ordinary votes. The remainder has been split into Wheatbelt and South West.
The Liberal Party’s two-party-preferred vote (against Labor) ranged from 56.2% in the south-west to 78.6% in the wheatbelt.
The National primary vote ranged from 7.8% in the south-west to 26.5% in the wheatbelt.
|Voter group||NAT prim %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|