Alyssa Hayden, since 2018.
Eastern Perth. Darling Range is the outermost seat on the eastern edge of Perth, covering outer parts of Armadale and Rockingham council areas, and covering the entire Serpentine-Jarrahdale council area.
The seat covers Karragullen, Roleystone, Bedfordale, Harrisdale, Byford, Darling Downs, Oakford, Mundijong, Serpentine, Jarrahdale, Malmalling and parts of Kelmscott and Mount Richon.
Darling Range retracted to a smaller area, losing a slice of its south-western edge to Baldivis, and losing its northern end to Kalamunda and Swan Hills. This change slightly improved the position for Labor, increasing their margin on 2017 votes from 5.8% to 6.0%.
The seat of Darling Range has existed since 1950, with the exception of a single term in the 1970s when it was briefly abolished. The seat was originally a Country Party seat but has been won by the Liberal Party at all but one election since 1962.
Ray Owen held the seat for the Country Party from 1950 to 1962, followed by Liberal MP Kenn Dunn until 1971.
In 1971, the Liberal Party’s Ian Thompson won the seat. In 1974, the seat was renamed Kalamunda, and Thompson moved to that seat. He stayed in that seat until it was abolished in 1989, despite Darling Range being restored in 1977.
George Spriggs won Darling Range in 1977, and was followed by Bob Greig in 1987.
In 1989, the seat of Kalamunda was abolished and Ian Thompson returned to Darling Range. He was re-elected, but in 1990 he resigned from the Liberal Party to sit as an independent, and retired in 1993.
John Day won Darling Range in 1993. He held the seat for the next fifteen years. In 2008, the redistribution moved much of Darling Range back into the restored seat of Kalamunda while a large part of the abolished seat of Serpentine-Jarrahdale was moved into Darling Range.
Day moved to Kalamunda, and Tony Simpson, who had won Serpentine-Jarrahdale in 2005, moved to Darling Range. Day became a minister in the Liberal/National government after the 2008 election, while Simpson became a minister after the 2013 election.
Simpson lost in 2017 to Labor candidate Barry Urban. Later that year Urban resigned from the ALP after it emerged that he had been wearing a medal for overseas police service which he had not been awarded. Urban resigned from parliament in 2018.
The ensuing 2018 by-election was won by Liberal candidate Alyssa Hayden.
- Matthew Thompson (Liberal Democrats)
- Judith Maree Congrene (No Mandatory Vaccination)
- Alan Svilicic (Waxit)
- Brett Nathan Clarke (Western Australia Party)
- Alyssa Hayden (Liberal)
- Eric Eikelboom (Australian Christians)
- Anthony Fenech (One Nation)
- Dean Strautins (Independent)
- Hugh Jones (Labor)
- Matt Lacey (Greens)
Darling Range was a surprise win for Labor in 2017, and it was not a surprise that the Liberal Party regained the seat in 2018. In normal circumstances you would expect a Liberal win here, but current polls suggest Labor is on track for a landslide victory that would likely include Darling Range.
|Sharon Polgar||One Nation||2,313||8.7||+8.7||8.7|
|Derek Bruning||Australian Christians||1,174||4.4||-0.5||4.7|
|Stuart Ostle||Shooters, Fishers & Farmers||1,123||4.2||+4.2||4.2|
|Craig Ballinger||Micro Business||317||1.2||+1.2||1.2|
|Jake McCoull||Liberal Democrats||163||0.6||+0.6||0.6|
2017 two-party-preferred result
2018 by-election result
|Rod Caddies||One Nation||1,894||7.8||-1.0|
|Russell Goodrick||Western Australia Party||1,413||5.8||+5.8|
|Erick Eikelboom||Australian Christians||1,145||4.7||+0.3|
|Stuart Ostle||Shooters, Fishers & Farmers||1,112||4.6||+0.3|
|Jehni Thomas-Wurth||Animal Justice||803||3.3||+3.3|
|John Watt||Fluoride Free WA||106||0.4||+0.4|
2018 by-election two-party-preferred result
2017 booth breakdown
Booths used at the 2017 state election have been divided into three sub-areas within the new electoral boundaries for Darling Range: central, north and south. The “north” covers those booths in Armadale local government areas, while central and south covers those in Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 52.4% in the south to 56.9% in the centre.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
2018 by-election booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into three parts: central, north and south. Since these results are based on the 2017 boundaries they cover different areas to the breakdown of 2017 results. The “central” area covers those booths in Armadale council area while the “south” covers Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, winning the central area narrowly and winning over 55% in the north and south.
|Voter group||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Darling Range at the 2017 WA state election
Two-party-preferred votes at the 2018 Darling Range by-election