Division of Perth

The Division of Perth is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. It is named after Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, where the Division is located.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Perth in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPPatrick Gorman
Electors101,413 (2019)
Area80 km2 (30.9 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


The city of Perth, the division's namesake

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It extends northeast along the north bank of the Swan River from Perth, including suburbs such as Maylands, Mount Lawley, Bayswater, Ashfield, Bedford, Morley, Beechboro and the Perth city centre. It is a primarily residential area, although contains an industrial area at Bayswater and major commercial centres in Perth and Morley.

Between the 1940s and 1980s, it was a marginal seat that frequently changed hands between the Liberals (and their predecessors) and Labor. Recent demographic changes have made it a fairly safe Labor seat.

As of the last federal election, Perth has held the strongest Greens vote of all seats in Western Australia, at 18.87%. The growing Greens vote in the seat has come largely at the expense of the Labor Party, whose primary vote has dropped by 11.93% since 1993, when the Greens first contested the division of Perth. The Greens won their first ever booth in the seat in 2019 when the party came first on primary vote in Northbridge. Additionally, the party came a close second in the Highgate booth based on primary vote and also achieved over 20% in 20 of the booths for the first time.


Perth is bordered by the Swan River to the south and east, the Mitchell Freeway and Kings Park to the west, and Noranda, Western Australia to the north. It includes the local government areas of the City of Perth (as of 2015), City of Vincent, City of Bayswater, Town of Bassendean and a small portion of the City of Stirling. Suburbs presently included are:[1]


Image Member Party Term Notes
    James Fowler
Labour 29 March 1901
June 1909
Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Commonwealth Liberal June 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
16 December 1922
    Edward Mann
Nationalist 16 December 1922
September 1929
Lost seat
  Independent Nationalist September 1929 –
12 October 1929
    Walter Nairn
Nationalist 12 October 1929
7 May 1931
Served as Speaker during the Menzies, Fadden and Curtin Governments. Lost seat
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
21 August 1943
    Tom Burke
Labor 21 August 1943
10 December 1955
Lost seat
    Fred Chaney
Liberal 10 December 1955
25 October 1969
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Menzies. Served as minister under Menzies and Holt. Lost seat
    Joe Berinson
Labor 25 October 1969
13 December 1975
Served as minister under Whitlam. Lost seat. Later elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 1980
    Ross McLean
Liberal 13 December 1975
5 March 1983
Lost seat
    Dr Ric Charlesworth
Labor 5 March 1983
8 February 1993
    Stephen Smith
Labor 13 March 1993
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
    Alannah MacTiernan
Labor 7 September 2013
9 May 2016
Previously held the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Armadale. Retired. Later elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 2017
    Tim Hammond
Labor 2 July 2016
10 May 2018
Resigned in order to retire from politics
    Patrick Gorman
Labor 28 July 2018

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Perth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jim Grayden 32,800 37.40 −4.91
Labor Patrick Gorman 30,207 34.44 −2.92
Greens Caroline Perks 16,552 18.87 +1.80
One Nation Mel Lownds 2,333 2.66 +2.66
Western Australia Jane Boxall 2,222 2.53 +2.53
United Australia Chas Hopkins 1,661 1.89 +1.89
Science Gary Davies 1,329 1.52 +1.52
VOTEFLUX.ORG Curtis Greening 602 0.69 +0.69
Total formal votes 87,706 95.41 −0.82
Informal votes 4,220 4.59 +0.82
Turnout 91,926 90.65 +2.61
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Patrick Gorman 48,176 54.93 +1.60
Liberal Jim Grayden 39,530 45.07 −1.60
Labor hold Swing +1.60


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Perth (WA)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. ^ Perth, WA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 31°54′36″S 115°54′18″E / 31.910°S 115.905°E / -31.910; 115.905