Electoral district of Southern River

Southern River is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the state of Western Australia.

Southern River
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Southern River (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1996–present
MPTerry Healy
NamesakeSouthern River
Electors27,919 (2019)
Area35 km2 (13.5 sq mi)
DemographicSouth Metropolitan

The district is a marginal seat based in the southern suburbs of Perth.


Southern River is an electorate situated in Perth's southern suburbs. The district includes the suburb of Southern River, large parts of the suburbs of Canning Vale and Huntingdale, as well as small parts of the suburbs of Thornlie and Gosnells.


Southern River was first contested at the 1996 state election. The seat was won by Liberal Party candidate Monica Holmes who defeated Labor candidate Judyth Watson, the latter being at the time member for the abolished Kenwick. Holmes was defeated at the 2001 state election by Labor candidate Paul Andrews.

The redistribution ahead of the 2005 state election shifted Southern River eastward, making the seat safer for the Labor Party. That election saw Paul Andrews defeat Monica Holmes a second time, with a much wider margin in large part due to the redistribution changes. The next redistribution saw much of the previous changes reversed, making Southern River once again a marginal seat. With Labor's hold on the seat now much more tenuous, Andrews was defeated at the 2008 state election by Liberal candidate Peter Abetz. Abetz held the seat through the 2013 state election but lost to Labor's Terry Healy at the 2017 state election.

Members for Southern RiverEdit

Member Party Term
  Monica Holmes Liberal 1996–2001
  Paul Andrews Labor 2001–2008
  Peter Abetz Liberal 2008–2017
  Terry Healy Labor 2017–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Western Australian state election: Southern River[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Terry Healy 11,311 49.7 +15.7
Liberal Peter Abetz 8,853 38.9 −17.1
Greens Toni Pikos-Sallie 1,443 6.3 +0.5
Independent Steven Secker 311 1.4 +1.4
Independent Craig Harley 252 1.1 +1.1
Micro Business Aman Singh 227 1.0 +1.0
Matheson for WA Ash Srivastava 222 1.0 +1.0
Liberal Democrats David Fishlock 146 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 22,765 95.2 +1.8
Informal votes 1,145 4.8 −1.8
Turnout 23,910 88.0 +1.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Terry Healy 13,170 57.9 +18.8
Liberal Peter Abetz 9,591 42.1 −18.8
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +18.8


  1. ^ Southern River District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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