Electoral district of Geraldton
Western Australia—Legislative Assembly
Location of Geraldton (dark green) in Western Australia
|Area||1,798 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
|Edward Vivien Harvey Keane||Non-aligned||1890–1891|
|One Nation||Wayne Martin||1,979||9.4||+9.4|
|Shooters, Fishers, Farmers||David Caudwell||791||3.8||+3.8|
|Total formal votes||20,974||95.7||+1.4|
- Geraldton District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.
- 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]