Division of Perth
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||80 km2 (30.9 sq mi)|
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:
|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|
|Total formal votes||87,706||95.41||−0.82|