Gosnells – WA 2013

ALP 4.8%

Incumbent MP
Chris Tallentire, since 2008.


Southern Perth. Gosnells includes most of the suburbs of Gosnells and Thornlie, south of the Canning River. The entire seat lies in Gosnells council area.

Gosnells’ boundary with Southern River was modified to follow suburb boundaries. Gosnells gained the remainder of Gosnells and Thornlie, and lost Huntingdale. The ALP’s margin was reduced from 5.5% to 4.8%.

Gosnells was created at the 2008 seat. The seat name was previously used from 1977 to 1989. The seat has always been won by Labor.

The seat was created with a notional 11.4% margin for the ALP, which was cut to 5.5% at the 2008 election, when the seat was won by Labor candidate Chris Tallentire.


Gosnells is a marginal seat, although that came after a large swing in 2008. Tallentire should benefit from a personal vote that, along with a 4.8% margin, could protect him from a statewide Liberal swing.

2008 result

Chris TallentireALP7,87442.9-9.1
Chris FernandezLIB6,45335.2+6.1
Luke EdmondsGRN2,25112.3+6.1
Madeleine GoiranCDP9235.0+0.7
Dave BoltFF8464.6+0.7

2008 two-candidate-preferred result

Chris TallentireALP10,17255.5-5.9
Chris FernandezLIB8,16244.5+5.9


Polling booths in Gosnells at the 2008 WA state election. East in blue, West in orange.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into two halves, divided east and west.

The ALP polled a higher primary vote in both areas. The margin over the Liberal Party was wider in the east.

Voter groupALP %LIB %GRN %Total votes% of ordinary votes
Other votes41.1937.6712.093,525
Labor primary votes in Gosnells at the 2008 WA state election.
Liberal primary votes in Gosnells at the 2008 WA state election.
Greens primary votes in Gosnells at the 2008 WA state election.


  1. This one might depend on the overall swing. If the result really is 57-43 there will be some surprise Liberal gains, and this could be one of them.

  2. I couldn’t see the swing in Gosnells being as high as the Statewide swing or with what polls are suggesting – Labor retain

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