Ian Britza (LIB), since 2008.
North-eastern Perth. Morley is split evenly between parts of Bayswater and Stirling local government areas. The seat covers the suburbs of Nollamara, Noranda, Dianella and Morley.
Morley moved towards the west in the redistribution. Morley lost a strip on the eastern edge and part of the southern end of the seat, and gained territory at the western end of the seat.
The Liberal Party won the seat in 2008 with a margin of 0.9%, which has been shifted to a margin of 0.8% for the Labor Party.
The seat of Morley in its current form was created at the 2008 election. A previous seat using the name Morley existed from 1974 until 1996, although the seat was renamed as Morley-Swan from 1983 to 1989.
The previous seat was won by the ALP at every election from 1974 to 1993. Clive Brown won the seat in 1993, and moved to the new seat of Bassendean in 1996.
Morley was recreated in the 2008 redistribution, with the majority of the seat coming from the abolished seat of Ballajura.
John D’Orazio had held Ballajura since 2001 for the ALP. He served briefly as a minister from 2005 to 2006. He was forced to resign due to driving offences, and he became an independent.
D’Orazio was restored to the ALP in 2008, but resigned after losing preselection in Morley.
D’Orazio ran as an independent against the ALP’s Reece Whitby and the Liberal Party’s Ian Britza.
Whitby polled the highest primary vote, but D’Orazio directed preferences to the Britza, giving the seat to the Liberal Party.
- Sally Palmer (Greens)
- Ross Fraser (Australian Christians)
- Ian Britza (Liberal)
- Reece Whitby (Labor)
- Greg Halls (Family First)
Morley has a sitting Liberal MP, but is a notional Labor seat. With polls showing the Liberal Party in the lead, it seems likely that the Liberal Party will gain the small swing needed to retain the seat, particularly considering the new personal vote for Ian Britza.
Having considered that, the 2008 result was an anomaly, with a sitting Labor MP taking a large chunk out of the ALP’s vote and directing preferences to the Liberal Party. Whitby and D’Orazio polled a majority of the vote between them, and if Labor can regain most of D’Orazio’s vote it will likely overcome any swing or personal vote for the Liberal Party.
Morley is a likely candidate for a seat that will move against statewide trends on March 9.
2008 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts: Central, East and West. Booths in the west were not contained in Morley at the 2008 election.
The Liberal Party topped the poll in the centre of the electorate, while the ALP topped the poll in the east. The ALP polled over 50% in the west. Independent candidate John D’Orazio polled almost 20% in the east, compared to 15.9% in the centre.
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