Libby Mettam, since 2014.
South-western Western Australia. Vasse covers the town of Busselton and surrounding areas. Vasse covers the entirety of the Busselton council area, and northern parts of the Augusta-Margaret River council area. The electorate’s southern border runs close to the town of Margaret River but does not actually cover the town.
Vasse expanded on its north-eastern border by taking in territory from Collie-Preston. This made no difference to the margin.
The electorate of Vasse has existed since 1950, and has been won by the Liberal Party at every election in its history. The seat was first won in 1950 by the Liberal and Country League’s William Bovell in 1950. The LCL was the state branch of the Liberal Party, and was renamed as the ‘Liberal Party’ in 1968.
Bovell retired in 1971, and was succeeded by Barry Blaikie. Blaikie held Vasse as a Liberal MP from 1971 to 1996.
Bernie Masters won Vasse in 1996, and was re-elected in 2001. After the Liberal Party lost power in 2001, Masters joined the opposition frontbench.
In 2004, Masters was defeated for Liberal preselection by Busselton Shire President Troy Buswell. Masters resigned from the Liberal Party and served his final year as an independent. In 2005, Buswell defeated Masters, running as an independent.
Buswell was elected deputy leader of the Liberal Party in October 2005, after only eight months in Parliament.
Buswell was elected Leader of the Liberal Party in January 2008, after challenging then-leader Paul Omodei.
Buswell’s short tenure as Opposition Leader was marred by controversy, with a number of examples of embarrassing behaviour emerging. He resigned as Liberal leader in August 2008, and was replaced by former leader Colin Barnett. An early election was called by Labor Premier Alan Carpenter shortly after Barnett resumed the Liberal leadership, and in September 2008 the Liberal Party and National Party won the election.
Buswell served as Treasurer in the new government until early 2010, when he moved to the backbench due to a sex scandal involving another MP.
In December 2010, Buswell returned to the cabinet, and was reappointed Treasurer in July 2012.
He was re-elected to a third term in Vasse in March 2013. In March 2014, Buswell resigned as Treasurer after revealing that he suffers from bipolar disorder, and had suffered a breakdown. In September 2014 he resigned from Parliament.
The 2014 Vasse by-election was won by Liberal candidate Libby Mettam. Mettam was re-elected in 2017.
- Mia Krasenstein (Greens)
- AW Judd (No Mandatory Vaccination)
- Libby Mettam (Liberal)
- Cameron Van Veen (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
- Neridah Rich (Independent)
- Chris Hossen (Labor)
- Brad Satchell (Sustainable Australia)
- Jackson Wreford (One Nation)
- Peter Gordon (Nationals)
- Nicolas Oancea (Waxit)
Vasse is the safest Liberal seat in the state. The Liberal Party will probably hold this seat but no Liberal seat is safe if there is a massive Labor landslide.
2017 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts: Busselton, north and south.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 56.5% in the south to 66.1% in the north.
The Nationals came third, with a primary vote ranging from 16.7% in the north to 22.2% in the south.
The Greens came fourth, with a primary vote ranging from 11.9% in Busselton to 25.2% in the south.
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Election results in Vasse at the 2017 WA state election
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