Kyran O’Donnell, since 2017.
South-eastern Western Australia. Most of the seat’s population is contained in the Kalgoorlie urban area, while the seat also covers the Coolgardie, Dundas, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Menzies, Laverton, Leonora and Ngaanyatjarraku council areas.
Kalgoorlie has existed continuously as a seat since 1904, and in that time was dominated by Labor MPs. The seat was held by Labor continuously from 1923 to 2001.
In 2001, Labor MP Megan Anwyl was defeated by the Liberal Party’s Matt Birney.
Birney was re-elected in 2005, and became Liberal leader following the election. He only led the party for one year, before being challenged by Paul Omodei in 2006 and moving to the backbench.
Birney retired in 2008. A redistribution saw the seat of Murchison-Eyre merged into another seat, and the sitting MP for Murchison-Eyre, John Bowler, ran for Kalgoorlie as an independent. Bowler had been elected twice as a Labor member and served in Alan Carpenter’s cabinet but had since moved to the crossbenches.
At the 2008 election, the ALP dropped to fourth place behind a strong performance by Nationals’ candidate Tony Crook. Bowler came first on primary votes, and defeated Crook by 3.6% after preferences. Crook had only come third on primary votes but overtook the Liberal thanks to Labor preferences.
Bowler retired in 2013, and the seat was won by Nationals candidate Wendy Duncan.
Duncan retired in 2017, and the Nationals dropped to third place, with Liberal candidate Kyran O’Donnell winning.
- Sam Rennie (Liberal Democrats)
- Jack Carmody (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
- Kyran O’Donnell (Liberal)
- Patrick Redreau (One Nation)
- Alex Wallace (Greens)
- Rustu Buyukcakar (Waxit)
- Enrico Piazza (No Mandatory Vaccination)
- Rowena Olsen (Nationals)
- Ali Kent (Labor)
There will be a close contest between the Liberal member and the Nationals challenger for which of them is the stronger conservative candidate. Normally that would make the winner of that contest the favourite, but a Labor landslide could see Labor overcome both.
|Richard Bolton||One Nation||1,846||12.1||+12.1|
|Mike Lucas||Shooters, Fishers & Farmers||622||4.1||+4.1|
2017 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts. Polling places in the town of Kalgoorlie, which make up a vast majority of the seat’s population, have been grouped together, and the remainder have been split into north and south.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in Kalgoorlie (57.6%) while Labor polled 50.8% in the north and 60.7% in the south.
The Nationals primary vote peaked in Kalgoorlie while One Nation’s vote was highest in the south.
|Voter group||NAT prim %||ON prim %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Kalgoorlie at the 2017 WA state election
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