Electoral district of Cottesloe

Cottesloe is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. Cottesloe is named for the western Perth suburb of Cottesloe which falls within its borders. Its previous member, Colin Barnett, was the 29th Premier of Western Australia. The current member, David Honey, was elected in a by-election after Barnett resigned in 2018.

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Cottesloe (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1950–present
MPDavid Honey
Electors29,433 (2019)
Area35 km2 (13.5 sq mi)
DemographicNorth Metropolitan


Cottesloe was created at the 1948 redistribution, at which three new metropolitan electorates were created to replace former northern and agricultural seats in Parliament.[1] Its first member was elected at the 1950 election, and it has always been a safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors.[2]

It has only had four members. The first, Sir Ross Hutchinson, served as a senior minister in the Brand government. He was succeeded in 1977 by Bill Hassell, who served as Opposition Leader to Premier Brian Burke in 1984–1986. Hassell retired in 1990, and was succeeded by Colin Barnett at a by-election. Barnett served as Deputy Premier, Minister for Energy and, after 1995, Education during the Court government in 1993–2001, and Opposition Leader in 2001–2005. Barnett, seen as a moderate within Liberal ranks, resigned the leadership after the 2005 election. He had originally planned to retire at the 2008 election, but after the troubled seven-month leadership of Troy Buswell and generally poor opinion polls, Barnett was persuaded to reconsider (the nominated candidate for Cottesloe, Deidre Willmott, stood aside), and regained the leadership on 6 August 2008 on a unanimous party vote, one day before the 2008 election was called.[3][4] At this election, Barnett became Premier of a minority Liberal-National government.

Barnett led the Liberals to a decisive victory in 2013, but was heavily defeated in 2018 and returned to the backbench. As a measure of how safe this seat has been for the Liberals, Barnett suffered a swing of 7.8 percent but still retained it with a comfortable margin of 63.3 percent, making Cottesloe the Liberals' safest metropolitan seat and the second-safest statewide. He retired later in 2018, and businessman David Honey easily retained the seat for the Liberals with a healthy swing in his favour.


As at the 2007 redistribution, Cottesloe is bounded by Loch Street and Brockway Road to the east, Perry Lakes and Bold Park to the north, the Indian Ocean to the west, and the Swan River to the south and southeast. It includes the suburbs of Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Mount Claremont, North Fremantle, Peppermint Grove and Swanbourne.[5] Major features within the electorate include Campbell Barracks (Australia), The Grove Library and The Grove Community History Library, Cottesloe Beach and several private schools including Scotch College, Christ Church Grammar School, Methodist Ladies' College and Presbyterian Ladies' College.

Prior to the redistribution, it had additionally contained sections of City Beach and Floreat, which were moved north into neighbouring Churchlands.


Cottesloe and the neighbouring electorates of Churchlands to the north and Nedlands to the east comprise the affluent western suburbs of Perth—the Australian Bureau of Statistics's SEIFA index (2001) ranked them as the highest three electorates by socio-economic status in Western Australia, with high scores on educational and employment opportunity. At the 2006 census, the median individual income in the Cottesloe electorate, based on its 2005 boundaries, was $639 per week compared to $513 in the Perth metropolitan area, and the median weekly household income was $1,416 compared to $1,086 across Perth. 56.8% of the population were professionals or managers.[6]

Members for CottesloeEdit

Member Party Term
  Sir Ross Hutchinson Liberal Country League 1950–1968
  Liberal 1968–1977
  Bill Hassell Liberal 1977–1990
  Colin Barnett Liberal 1990–2018
  David Honey Liberal 2018–present


2018 Cottesloe state by-election[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Honey 10,872 59.9 +3.2
Greens Greg Boland 3,555 19.6 +7.5
Western Australia Ron Norris 1,636 9.0 +9.0
Independent Michael Tucak 977 5.4 +5.4
Micro Business Cam Tinley 605 3.3 +3.3
Independent Michael Thomas 402 2.2 +2.2
Independent Dmitry Malov 112 0.6 +0.2
Total formal votes 18,159 98.0 +1.4
Informal votes 364 2.0 −1.4
Turnout 18,523 66.6 −21.8
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal David Honey 12,738 70.2 +6.9
Greens Greg Boland 5,416 29.8 +29.8
Liberal hold Swing +6.9
2017 Western Australian state election: Cottesloe[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Colin Barnett 13,264 56.7 −8.1
Labor Caitlin Collins 5,280 22.6 +10.4
Greens Greg Boland 2,826 12.1 +1.8
Independent Alida Lancee 1,332 5.7 +5.7
Christians Riaan Groenewald 226 1.0 −0.3
Micro Business Nicole Poppas 198 0.8 +0.8
Michael Watson 176 0.8 +0.8
Independent Dmitry Malov 103 0.4 +0.4
Total formal votes 23,405 96.6 +0.1
Informal votes 819 3.4 −0.1
Turnout 24,224 88.4 +0.1
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Colin Barnett 14,799 63.3 −7.8
Labor Caitlin Collins 8,590 36.7 +7.8
Liberal hold Swing −7.8


  1. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947 – Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 21 December 1948. p. 1948:3027–3036.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890–1996. Perth: Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. pp. 72–75. ISBN 0-7309-8409-5.
  3. ^ "Carpenter calls September poll". ABC Online. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  4. ^ Spagnolo, Joe (5 August 2008). "Colin Barnett accepts Liberal leadership". PerthNow (News Limited). Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  5. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (29 October 2007). "2003 Electoral Distribution – Final Boundaries – North Metropolitan – Cottesloe". Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Cottesloe (North Metropolitan) (State Electoral Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
    * Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Perth (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  7. ^ 2018 Cottesloe By-election, WAEC.
  8. ^ Cottesloe District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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