Division of Pearce
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir George Pearce|
|Area||13,250 km2 (5,115.9 sq mi)|
The division was named after Sir George Pearce, a founder of the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, and the longest-serving member of the Australian Senate. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 31 March 1989, and was first contested at the 1990 federal election. It has been held by the Liberal Party of Australia for its entire existence. For most of its first quarter-century, it was usually a reasonably safe Liberal seat.
On 12 June 2012, Western Australian state cabinet minister Christian Porter announced he would contest the federal seat of Pearce during the 2013 federal election due to the retirement of Judi Moylan. Porter retained the seat for the Liberal Party. In his bid for re-election in 2016, however, Porter suffered a five-point swing, making Pearce a marginal seat for the first time.
A hybrid urban-rural seat located to the east and north of Perth, the division takes in the far northern suburbs of the metropolitan area before fanning inland from the Indian Ocean to take in portions of the Wheatbelt southeast, east and northeast of the capital.
|Liberal||24 March 1990 –
8 February 1993
|Previously a member of the Senate and Deputy Liberal leader. Retired|
|Liberal||13 March 1993 –
5 August 2013
|Served as minister under Howard. Retired|
|Liberal||7 September 2013 –
|Previously held the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Bateman. Served as minister under Turnbull. Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison|
|One Nation||Sandy Old||8,199||8.21||+8.21|
|United Australia||Rob Forster||2,495||2.50||+2.50|
|Shooters, Fishers, Farmers||Ross Williamson||2,125||2.13||+2.13|
|Western Australia||Michael Calautti||1,305||1.31||+1.31|
|Total formal votes||99,923||93.03||−2.42|
- Pearce, WA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.