Simone McGurk, since 2013.
South-western Perth. The seat covers the centre of Fremantle, and stretches from Palmyra to North Coogee.
Fremantle lost part of the suburb of East Fremantle to Bicton. This made no difference to the seat margin.
The seat of Fremantle has existed continuously since 1890. The seat was held by the ALP continuously from 1924 to 2009.
The seat was held from 1980 to 1990 by David Parker. He served as Deputy Premier briefly from 1988 to 1989 and resigned in 1990.
The 1990 by-election was won by Jim McGinty, despite a large swing against the Labor government.
McGinty served as Labor leader from 1994 to 1996, and as Attorney-General from 2001 to 2008.
After the Labor government lost power in 2008, McGinty resigned and triggered the 2009 Fremantle by-election.
The Greens ran Adele Carles, who had polled over 27% at the 2008 election. The ALP ran former Fremantle mayor Peter Tagliaferri.
The ALP’s primary vote stayed steady, but a 16% swing to the Greens on primary votes put Carles on a 44% primary vote, and gave her 54% of the two-candidate vote.
Carles’ time as a Greens MP didn’t last. In 2010 she admitted to an affair with the Treasurer, Troy Buswell. Her relationship with the Greens broke down, and she resigned as a Greens member. She served out the remainder of her term as an independent.
Labor’s Simone McGurk recaptured Fremantle in 2013, with Carles coming a distant fourth.
McGurk was easily re-elected in 2017.
- Carl Schelling (Liberal Democrats)
- Sam Wainwright (Socialist Alliance)
- Miquela Riley (Liberal)
- Liberty Cramer (Greens)
- W Schulze (No Mandatory Vaccination)
- Rod Grljusich (Independent)
- Janetia Knapp (Western Australia Party)
- Simone McGurk (Labor)
Fremantle is probably not as safe as the margin suggests, but Labor are still strong favourites. The Liberal Party are weak here, but there is a history of the Greens taking a much larger share of the left vote, and if they encroached on that Labor vote the margin could shrink significantly. Despite this potential, it seems unlikely enough votes could shift in 2021 to turf out McGurk.
|Warren Duffy||One Nation||1,004||4.3||+4.3||4.2|
|Chris Jenkins||Socialist Alliance||482||2.1||+2.1||2.1|
|Gabrielle van der Linde||Australian Christians||453||1.9||+1.9||1.9|
|Janetia Knapp||Matheson for WA||160||0.7||+0.7||0.7|
|Andrew Ayre||Micro Business||144||0.6||+0.6||0.6|
2017 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts: central, north and south.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 71% in the south to 76% in the north.
The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 11.2% in the south to 24.2% in the north.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Fremantle at the 2017 WA state election
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