IND vs LIB 0.2%
Janet Woollard, since 2001.
Inner Southern Perth. Alfred Cove lies on the southern shore of the Swan River. The seat covers northern parts of Melville local government area, including the suburbs of Applecross, Ardross, Attadale, Bicton and parts of Alfred Cove, Booragoon, Melville and Mount Pleasant.
There was a small change to the borders of Alfred Cove along the border with Fremantle. About 2000 voters were changed in each direction. This reduced Woollard’s margin from 1.0% to 0.2%.
The seat of Alfred Cove was created in 1996 as a notional safe Liberal seat, with a margin of over 20%.
In 1996, sitting Liberal Member for Melville Doug Shave decided to run for the new seat of Alfred Cove. He was challenged for preselection by Penny Hearne.
Shave narrowly defeated Hearne, and she resigned from the Liberal Party to run as an independent. Shave narrowly held on by a 2.4% margin.
In 2001, the ALP did not run in Alfred Cove, and a number of minor parties and independents targeted the seat.
Janet Woollard ran for the Liberals for Forests party, and polled just over 20% of the primary vote, while another independent also polled 20% of the vote. Shave’s vote fell to under 33%, and he lost to Woollard on preferences. Woollard achieved a 7.4% margin.
Woollard’s margin has been reduced at every election since 2001. The vote fell to 54.6% in 2005 and 51% in 2008. The recent redistribution reduced her margin further.
- Estelle Gom
- Ros Harman (Greens)
- Dean Nalder (Liberal)
- Janet Woollard (Independent)
- David Houston (Labor)
Janet Woollard’s margin has declined at every election since her first victory. In an environment where the Liberal Party is strengthening, it seems likely that she could lose her seat to the Liberal challenger.
2008 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into two halves, divided into east and west.
The vote for Janet Woollard was relatively consistent across the seat. The Liberal vote was much higher in the east, while the Labor and Greens vote was higher in the west.
|Voter group||LIB %||IND %||ALP %||GRN %||Total votes||% of ordinary votes|