Ben Morton, since 2016.
- Candidate summary
- 2019 results
- Booth breakdown
- Results maps
Southern Perth. Tangney includes a number of suburbs on the southern shore of the Swan River and Canning River. Tangney covers most of Melville council area and parts of Canning and Gosnells council areas. Suburbs include Alfred Cove, Attadale, Melville, Applecross, Mount Pleasant, Winthrop, Leeming, Willetton, Wilson, Canning Vale, Bicton, Willagee, Ferndale, Rossmoyne and Shelley.
Tangney was first won in 1974 by 27-year-old John Dawkins, running for the ALP. Dawkins only held the seat for one term, losing it in 1975. Dawkins later won the seat of Fremantle in 1977 and served as a cabinet minister in the Hawke government and then Treasurer in the Keating government until his retirement in 1993.
The Liberal Party’s Peter Richardson won Tangney in 1975. Richardson left the Liberal Party in 1977 and joined the minor Progress Party, a libertarian pro-market party founded by John Singleton. He ran for the Senate in 1977, but failed to win a seat.
Tangney was won in 1977 by Liberal candidate Peter Shack. He held the seat until 1983, when he lost the seat to the ALP’s George Gear. Gear only held the seat for one term, before transferring to Canning in 1984. He later served as Assistant Treasurer from 1993 to 1996, and lost Canning at the 1996 election.
In 1984, Tangney was won back by Peter Shack, after a major redistribution shifted Tangney into much safer Liberal territory. He held it for the next decade, before retiring in 1993.
Tangney was won in 1993 by barrister Daryl Williams, also from the Liberal Party. Williams was appointed Attorney-General upon the election of the Howard government in 1996. He served in the role until 2003, when he became Minister for Communications. He retired from Parliament in 2004.
In 2004, Tangney was won by Dennis Jensen. He is a prominent climate change skeptic, and was often the loudest voice criticising action on climate change in the Parliament. Dennis Jensen was re-elected three times, but before two of those elections, in 2006 and 2010, the local branch denied him preselection before he was given preselection by the state executive.
Jensen was finally defeated for preselection in 2016, and ran for Tangney as an independent. He came fourth, with Liberal candidate Ben Morton winning comfortably. Morton was re-elected in 2019.
|Scott Rodney Rafferty||One Nation||1,732||2.1||+2.1||2.4|
|Mark Staer||Australian Christians||1,695||2.0||-1.3||2.3|
|Chris Fernandez||United Australia Party||969||1.2||+1.2||1.3|
|Gavin Waugh||Western Australia Party||1,080||1.3||+1.3||1.2|
|Paul Stephen Waddy||Independent||307||0.4||+0.4||0.3|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts. Polling places in Melville council area have been split into “west” and “west central”, while those in the Canning and Gosnells council area have been split into “east” and “east central”.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 53.1% in the east to 62.2% in the west.
The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 9.2% in the east to 12.6% in the west.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|