Electoral district of Geraldton

Geraldton is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Geraldton (dark green) in Western Australia
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1890–present
MPIan Blayney
Electors25,874 (2019)
Area1,798 km2 (694.2 sq mi)

Geraldton was one of the original 30 seats contested at the 1890 colonial election. The district is based on the eponymous regional city.

Labor held throughout most of the twentieth century, Geraldton has since become a seat that has changed hands regularly in the last two decades.


The district has always been based on the regional coastal city of Geraldton. Electoral reform ahead of the 2008 state election necessitated an increase in the district's enrolment and thus an expansion of its boundaries, as it did for all non-metropolitan districts. This means the district now includes all outlying suburbs of the city, as well as adjacent rural areas. The district's current boundaries are identical with the former City of Geraldton-Greenough, itself a newly formed local government area.


Geraldton changed hands frequently between different members and parties during the early history of the seat in the late 19th and early 20th century. After 1914 however, the seat was held by the Labor Party for all but three of the next 77 years. The seat's longest serving and most famous member was John Willcock, member from 1917 to 1947 and Premier of Western Australia from 1936 to 1945.

A fairly safe to safe Labor seat for much of the 20th century, it became somewhat less safe for Labor in the 1980s. The resignation of Labor member Jeff Carr following his sacking as minister in 1991 triggered a by-election that was won by the Liberal Party's Bob Bloffwitch, the seat's first non-Labor member in more than four decades. Bloffwitch held the seat at the subsequent 1993 state election, when the Liberal Party won government. The seat changed hands with the next change of government at the 2001 state election when Labor candidate Shane Hill was elected. Hill held the seat for two terms before Liberal Ian Blayney won it with a change of government at the 2008 state election. In fact the redistribution prior to that election had turned the seat into a notionally Liberal seat.

Blayney seemingly consolidated his hold on the seat in 2013, with Labor falling to third place. However, he narrowly held on amid Labor's decisive victory in 2017, marking only the second time since World War I (Bloffwitch's 1991 by-election win being the first) that Labor has been in government without holding Geraldton.

Members for GeraldtonEdit

Member Party Term
  Edward Vivien Harvey Keane Non-aligned 1890–1891
  George Simpson Opposition 1891–1899
  Richard Robson Independent 1899–1900
  Robert Hutchinson Opposition 1900–1904
  Henry Carson Ministerial 1904–1906
  Thomas Brown Labor 1906–1908
  Henry Carson Ministerial 1908–1911
  Bronte Dooley Labor 1911–1913
  Samuel Elliott Liberal 1913–1914
  Edward Heitmann Labor 1914–1917
  National Labor 1917
  Samuel Elliott Liberal 1917
  John Willcock Labor 1917–1947
  Edmund Hall Country 1947–1950
  Bill Sewell Labor 1950–1974
  Jeff Carr Labor 1974–1991
  Bob Bloffwitch Liberal 1991–2001
  Shane Hill Labor 2001–2008
  Ian Blayney Liberal 2008–2019
  Independent 2019
  National [1] 2019–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Western Australian state election: Geraldton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Lara Dalton 7,071 33.7 +16.6
Liberal Ian Blayney 5,808 27.7 −19.9
National Paul Brown 3,669 17.5 −8.9
One Nation Wayne Martin 1,979 9.4 +9.4
Greens Paul Connolly 849 4.0 −2.4
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers David Caudwell 791 3.8 +3.8
Christians Greg Hall 413 2.0 −0.5
Independent Victor Tanti 394 1.9 +1.9
Total formal votes 20,974 95.7 +1.4
Informal votes 937 4.3 −1.4
Turnout 21,911 85.5 −2.5
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Ian Blayney 10,759 51.3 −21.5
Labor Lara Dalton 10,201 48.7 +48.7
Liberal hold Swing −21.5


External linksEdit

  • Antony Green. "2005 Election Profile: Geraldton". ABC.
  • Antony Green. "2008 Election Profile: Geraldton". ABC.
  • "Map of Geraldton (1996–2005)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]
  • "Map of Geraldton (2005–2008)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]
  • "Map of Geraldton (2008–)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]