Electoral district of South Perth

South Perth is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in Western Australia. The district is located in the suburbs immediately south of the Perth CBD.

South Perth
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of South Perth (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1901–1904; 1950–present
MPJohn McGrath
NamesakeSouth Perth
Electors28,405 (2019)
Area28 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
DemographicSouth Metropolitan

Although occasionally held by an independent, South Perth has typically been a safe Liberal seat. It has never been won by the Labor Party.


South Perth is made up of affluent waterside areas in Perth's inner south. The district is bounded to the north by the Swan River and to the west and south by the Canning River. A series of roads separates the electorate from neighbouring eastern districts. The seat includes the suburbs of Como, Karawara, Manning, Salter Point, Waterford, as well as parts of the suburbs of Kensington and South Perth.


South Perth was first created for the 1901 state election, largely replacing the abolished seat of Canning, and won by William Gordon. However, Canning was re-created for the 1904 election and South Perth abolished, with Gordon transferring to Canning.

South Perth was eventually revived for the 1950 state election and has existed continuously as an electorate since then. In 1950, it was won by Liberal candidate George Yates, previously the member for Canning. He was succeeded after one term by Bill Grayden, initially as an independent but soon after as a Liberal. Grayden had previously been the state member for Middle Swan and the federal member for Swan. Grayden was the member for South Perth for 37 years, finally retiring in 1993.

The seat's next MP was Phillip Pendal, first elected as a Liberal but twice re-elected as an independent. Upon Pendal's retirement at the 2005 state election, the seat returned to the Liberal fold when current member John McGrath was elected as its representative.

Members for South PerthEdit

South Perth (1901–1904)
Member Party Term
  William Gordon Ministerial 1901–1904
South Perth (1950–present)
Member Party Term
  George Yates Liberal Country League 1950–1956
  Bill Grayden Independent Liberal 1956–1959
  Liberal Country League 1959–1968
  Liberal 1968–1993
  Phillip Pendal Liberal 1993–1995
  Independent 1995–2005
  John McGrath Liberal 2005–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Western Australian state election: South Perth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John McGrath 11,899 50.0 −15.9
Labor Michael Voros 7,062 29.7 +7.0
Greens Mark Brogan 2,806 11.8 +2.7
Independent Fiona Reid 884 3.7 +3.7
Micro Business Jason St Martin 443 1.9 +1.9
Christians Rosemary Steineck 441 1.9 +1.9
Independent M. Francis 244 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 23,779 96.4 +1.5
Informal votes 897 3.6 −1.5
Turnout 24,676 86.7 −0.2
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal John McGrath 13,585 57.1 −12.9
Labor Michael Voros 10,187 42.9 +12.9
Liberal hold Swing −12.9


  1. ^ South Perth District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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