John Hyde, since 2001.
Central Perth. The seat of Perth covers the Perth CBD and areas to the north. The seat covers most of Perth and Vincent local council areas, including the suburbs of West Perth, Mt Hawthorn, North Perth, Leederville, Highgate, Northbridge and parts of East Perth and Mt Lawley.
The seat of Perth gained a small area from Mount Lawley in the Highgate area. The ALP’s margin was reduced from 7.8% to 7.7%.
Perth existed as a seat from 1890 to 1950 and again since 1962. The seat has been won by the ALP at every election since 1968, and has only lost the seat at one election since the 1930s.
The seat was won by the Liberal Party’s Peter Durack in 1965. He lost the seat in 1968. He then went on to win a Senate seat in 1970. He served as Attorney-General from 1977 to 1983, and retired in 1993 after losing preselection.
Durack was defeated in 1968 by Terry Burke, son of former federal MP Tom Burke and older brother of Brian Burke. Brian Burke led the ALP to power in 1983, and served as premier until 1988.
Terry Burke held Perth for nineteen years, and resigned in 1987.
The 1987 by-election was won by Ian Alexander. He resigned from the ALP in 1991 during his second term and finished his term as an independent.
Diana Warnock won in 1993, and served two terms until 2001.
Since 2001, Perth has been held by John Hyde.
- John Hyde (Labor)
- Eleni Evangel (Liberal)
- Jonathan Hallett (Greens)
- Farida Iqbal (Independent)
- Kevin Host (Australian Christians)
Unless there is a large swing to the Liberal Party, Labor should hold on in this seat.
2008 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts: north, central and south. Booths in the City of Perth have been grouped as south, with booths in Vincent grouped as north and central.
The ALP polled over 40% of the primary vote and topped the poll in the north and the centre. The Liberal Party polled 48% in the south. The Greens vote varied from 22% in the centre to 14.3% in the south.
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