Electoral district of Mount Lawley

Mount Lawley is an electorate in the state of Western Australia. Mount Lawley is named for the inner north-eastern Perth suburb of Mount Lawley which falls within its borders.

Mount Lawley
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Mount Lawley (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1950–1989; 2008–present
MPSimon Millman
NamesakeMount Lawley
Electors28,133 (2019)
Area18 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
DemographicEast Metropolitan

The seat was created at the 2007 redistribution from parts of Yokine and Perth, and has a long history in an earlier incarnation which existed from 1950 until 1989 as a reasonably safe Liberal Party seat which was held for 22 years by Ray O'Connor, who served as Premier in 1982–1983, although is now a marginal seat.[1] It falls within the Electoral region of East Metropolitan.

As well as Mount Lawley, the suburbs of Yokine, Menora and Coolbinia are part of the district, as are sections of Dianella and Inglewood. Mount Lawley is bounded by Morley Drive, The Strand, Walter Road West, Eighth Avenue, Carrington Street, Central Avenue, Swan River foreshore, Summers Street, Lord Street, Walcott Street and Wanneroo Road.[2]


The original seat of Mount Lawley was created at the 1948 redistribution, at which three new metropolitan electorates were created to replace former northern and agricultural seats in Parliament.[3] Its first member was elected at the 1950 election, and it was always a safe seat for the Liberal Party.[4] At the redistribution, the neighbouring seat of North Perth became a Labor seat with booths from the abolished Perth electorate, so Arthur Abbott, the Liberal member for North Perth since 1939, contested and won Mount Lawley. He was ultimately defeated in the 1956 election by the Liberal member for Maylands, Edward Oldfield, who had resigned from the Liberal Party to contest the election. In the 1962 election, following another redistribution, Oldfield returned to Maylands, whilst North Perth MLA Ray O'Connor won in Mount Lawley. He was to serve the district for 22 years, and the State as a minister in the Court government and ultimately as Premier of Western Australia from 25 January 1982 until 19 February 1983. He resigned his seat the following year, and George Cash won the resulting by-election. The seat was abolished in the 1988 redistribution and divided between Maylands, Dianella and Perth.[5]

The seat was recreated in the 2007 redistribution on similar boundaries to its original incarnation. The seat of Yokine, which covered much of the original Mount Lawley's area, was held by Liberal minister Dr Kim Hames until the 2001 election, when he was defeated by the Labor candidate and former Assistant Police Commissioner Bob Kucera. After it became clear Kucera did not have Premier Alan Carpenter's support, Kucera did not contest Labor preselection for the 2008 election, and journalist Karen Brown won the nomination unopposed.[6] In June 2008, Kucera resigned from the Labor Party and expressed an intention to contest either Nollamara or Mount Lawley as an independent, though he ultimately contested neither.[7] The 2008 state election saw Brown defeated by Liberal candidate Michael Sutherland.

Members for Mount LawleyEdit

Mount Lawley (1950–1989)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Abbott Liberal Country League 1950–1956
  Edward Oldfield Independent Liberal 1956–1962
  Ray O'Connor Liberal Country League 1962–1968
  Liberal 1968–1984
  George Cash Liberal 1984–1989
Mount Lawley (2008–present)
Member Party Term
  Michael Sutherland Liberal 2008–2017
  Simon Millman Labor 2017–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Western Australian state election: Mount Lawley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Simon Millman 9,642 40.8 +7.8
Liberal Michael Sutherland 9,621 40.7 −13.3
Greens Matt Roberts 2,938 12.4 +2.6
Christians Janelle van Burgel 583 2.5 +0.3
Animal Justice Kandi Revian 497 2.1 +2.1
Micro Business Alexandra Farsalas 352 1.5 +1.5
Total formal votes 23,633 95.6 +2.0
Informal votes 1,099 4.4 −2.0
Turnout 24,732 88.1 +1.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Simon Millman 12,767 54.1 +12.9
Liberal Michael Sutherland 10,858 46.0 −12.9
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +12.9


  1. ^ Green, Antony (2 July 2007). "2007 West Australian Redistribution - Summary of Draft Boundaries". ABC. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  2. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (29 October 2007). "Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - East Metropolitan - Mount Lawley". Archived from the original on 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  3. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 21 December 1948. p. 1948:3027-3036.
  4. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth: Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. pp. 210–212. ISBN 0-7309-8409-5.
  5. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947-1985 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 29 April 1988. p. 1988:1339-1527.
  6. ^ "Premier concedes age affected pre-selection choice". ABC. 21 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Former health minister Bob Kucera quits politics". ABC. 11 August 2008.
  8. ^ Mount Lawley District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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