Tom Stephens, since 2008. Previously Member for Central Kimberley-Pilbara 2005-2008.
Northern Western Australia. Pilbara covers East Pilbara, Port Hedland and Roebourne council areas.
The major centres are Port Hedland, Dampier and Roebourne.
While the seat stretches from the coast to the Northern Territory border, almost the entire population lies in the eastern half of the electorate.
Pilbara’s boundary with North West Central was reshuffled, gaining the Shire of Roebourne and losing the balance of the Shire of Ashburton. The seat also lost a sparsely populated part of the Gibson Desert to Kalgoorlie. The ALP’s margin was increased from 3.6% to 7.2%.
Pilbara existed as a seat continuously from 1894 until 2005. For one term the seat was renamed as Central Kimberley-Pilbara before reverting to its original name in 2008. The seat has been dominated by the ALP for most of the twentieth century.
The ALP held Pilbara continuously from 1939 to 1974. Brian Sodeman won the seat as a Liberal in 1974, and held it until 1983.
In 1983, Pam Buchanan won the seat back for Labor. She moved to a new seat of Ashburton in 1989, and was replaced in Pilbara by Larry Graham.
Graham was re-elected in 1993 and 1996 for the ALP, but was defeated for preselection in 1999 and resigned to serve as an independent. He was re-elected as an independent with over 50% of the primary vote in 2001.
Graham retired in 2005, and the ALP’s Tom Stephens won the seat back.
In 2008, Stephens was re-elected with a smaller margin. Traditionally the conservative option in Pilbara was the Liberal Party, but in 2008 the Nationals ran and outpolled the Liberal Party.
Sitting Labor MP Tom Stephens is not running for re-election. The Nationals leader, Brendon Grylls, is moving from his safe seat of Central Wheatbelt to run in Pilbara.
The Labor candidate, Kelly Howlett, has served as Mayor of Port Hedland since 2009 and ran as the Greens candidate in 2005 and 2008.
- George Levissianos (Liberal)
- Julie Christine Matheson (Greens)
- Bruce Richards (Australian Christians)
- Brendon Grylls (Nationals)
- Kelly Howlett (Labor)
- Brent McKenna (Independent)
Normally the ALP would be considered the favourite in a seat held by a 7.2% margin. However the loss of Stephens’ personal vote, combined with the high-profile candidacy of Nationals leader Brendon Grylls, change the dynamics in this seat. The Nationals have made this seat a high priority, and will be likely to win.
2008 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts, according to local government boundaries.
The ALP vote peaked at 49% in Port Hedland, with no other party polling over 20%. The Labor vote was lowest in East Pilbara, where the combined conservative vote was over 50%.
The Greens vote peaked at 12.2% in Port Hedland.
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