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

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Morley (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1974–1996; 2008–present
MPAmber-Jade Sanderson
Electors25,696 (2017)
Area18 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
DemographicEast Metropolitan

Morley existed as an electoral district from 1974 to 1996, and was restored as an electorate name in 2008. Between 1983 and 1989 it was known was Morley-Swan.

The district is situated in the northern suburbs of Perth.



Situated in the densely populated inner northern suburbs of Perth, the district covers the entirety of the suburbs of Nollamara and Noranda; and parts of Dianella and Morley.


Morley was first created for the 1974 state election. At the 1983 state election, it was renamed Morley-Swan with the abolition of Swan. The district reverted to the name Morley at the 1989 state election and was abolished ahead of the 1996 state election.

The district was held by Labor at all times, with the exception of the period between 1991 and 1993, when former Labor MP Frank Donovan sat as an independent. The member at the time of Morley's abolition, Labor MP Clive Brown, went on to represent the newly created seat of Bassendean from 1996 to 2005.

A new district named Morley was created for the 2008 state election following the one vote, one value reforms. The majority of the district's voters came from the abolished seat of Ballajura. Nearly all of the remainder of district's territory formerly belonged to Yokine and Maylands; a small part also came from Bassendean.

The new district was created with a Labor majority of 59.9% to 40.1% versus the Liberal Party.[1] However, Liberal candidate Ian Britza captured the seat at the 2008 state election, overcoming the large notional margin due in part to the candidacy of independent candidate and former MP for Ballajura John D'Orazio, who directed preferences to the Liberal candidate ahead of Labor candidate Reece Whitby.

Members for MorleyEdit

Morley (1974–1983)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Tonkin Labor 1974–1983
Morley-Swan (1983–1989)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Tonkin Labor 1983–1987
  Frank Donovan Labor 1987–1989
Morley (1989–1996)
Member Party Term
  Frank Donovan Labor 1989–1991
  Independent 1991–1993
  Clive Brown Labor 1993–1996
Morley (2008–present)
Member Party Term
  Ian Britza Liberal 2008–2017
  Amber-Jade Sanderson Labor 2017–present

Election resultsEdit

Western Australian state election, 2017: Morley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Amber-Jade Sanderson 10,946 51.4 +11.9
Liberal Ian Britza 6,860 32.2 −17.7
Greens Anne-Marie Ricciardi 2,017 9.5 +2.6
Christians Lois Host 580 2.7 +0.6
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Paul Longo 523 2.5 +2.5
Micro Business Nasim Boksmati 351 1.6 +1.6
Total formal votes 21,277 94.1 +2.6
Informal votes 1,340 5.9 −2.6
Turnout 22,617 88.0 −0.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Amber-Jade Sanderson 13,064 61.4 +16.2
Liberal Ian Britza 8,203 38.6 −16.2
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +16.2


  1. ^ Antony Green. "2008 Election profile: Morley". ABC.
  2. ^ Morley District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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