Steve Irons (Liberal Party), since 2007.
Swan covers suburbs in the inner south of Perth. This includes South Perth, Victoria Park and parts of Belmont and Canning LGAs. Swan goes as far east as the airport.
The seat expanded slightly to the south to take in Ferndale, Lynwood and Langford. The redistribution saw the 0.1% margin for the Liberals become a 0.6% margin for the ALP.
Swan is an original federation electorate. It was first held by John Forrest for the Protectionist party from 1901. Forrest was the first Premier of Western Australia and moved to federal politics in 1901. He served as a minister in various governments, including four stints as Treasurer, the last being in the year up until his death in 1918 under Billy Hughes.
The ensuing by-election was won by 21-year-old Labor candidate Edwin Corboy when the Nationalist and Country Party candidates split the conservative vote. This led to the government introducing preference voting, and he lost the seat at the 1919 election to John Prowse of the Country Party. The Country part held the seat until 1943, first John Prowse then Henry Gregory and Thomas Marwick. Marwick was defeated by the ALP’s Donald Mountjoy in 1943, and Mountjoy was defeated by the Country Party’s Leonard Hamilton in 1946.
The Parliament was expanded in 1949 and Hamilton moved to the new seat of Canning, and the Liberal Party’s Bill Grayden won the seat. The ALP’s Harry Webb won the seat in 1954 and held it for one term until 1955, when he moved to the new seat of Stirling. Richard Cleaver of the Liberals won the seat in 1955 and held it until his defeat in 1969.
Adrian Bennett held the seat for the ALP from 1969 until 1975, when John Martyr won the seat for the Liberals. Martyr was a former state secretary of the Democratic Labor Party. He was defeated in 1980 by Kim Beazley.
Beazley held the seat until 1996, when he moved to the safer seat of Brand. Don Randall won the seat for the Liberals in 1996 and was defeated in 1998. He later moved to the nearby seat of Canning and has held it since 2001.
ALP candidate Kim Wilkie won Swan in 1998. He held the seat until the 2007 election, when he was the only sitting Labor MP to be unseated, losing to Steve Irons.
- Tim Hammond (Labor)
- Joe Lopez (Socialist Equality Party)
- Rebecca Leighton (Greens)
- Steve Klomp (Christian Democratic Party)
- Barry Drennan (Family First)
- Steve Irons (Liberal) – Member for Swan since 2007.
- Bret Treasure (Sex Party)
Swan is an incredibly vulnerable seat, and Steve Irons will be in great danger of losing if there is any swing away from the Liberals. It is the Liberals’ most vulnerable seat in Western Australia, where the Liberals currently hold a majority of seats. Once you take into consideration the redistribution improving Labor’s position, this seat will be very interesting.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
I have divided the booths into four areas according to the four main local government areas in the seat. Booths have been sorted according to those in Victoria Park, South Perth, Canning and Belmont LGAs. A small part of the seat is in Gosnells LGA and these have been included with Canning.
Most of the area in the seat is slightly pro-Labor, with three of the four areas (which are of similar size) voting for the ALP by 54-7%. These areas, however, have been outweighed by the very strongly pro-Liberal areas in South Perth, where the Liberals won over 62%.
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