Electoral district of West Swan

West Swan is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia. It is located in the north-eastern suburbs of Perth.

West Swan
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of West Swan (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current2008–present
MPRita Saffioti
PartyLabor Party
NamesakeWest Swan
Electors32,247 (2021)
Area126 km2 (48.6 sq mi)
DemographicEast Metropolitan

West Swan was considered a safe Labor seat at its creation, but after a redistribution prior to the 2017 state election became notionally Liberal. After its creation prior to the 2008 election, ABC electoral commentator Antony Green calculated a theoretical margin of 10.6% favouring Labor Party over the Liberal Party in two party preferred terms.[1] Rita Saffioti won the seat in 2008, holding it again with a margin of 1.9 points after the 2013 election. A redistribution in 2015 saw the seat with a notional 0.9 point Liberal margin, however Saffioti retained the seat at the 2017 election which saw a large swing to Labor.

GeographyEdit

The roughly oblong-shaped district is dominated by the bushland of Whiteman Park and Cullacabardee. The voters of West Swan are situated towards the eastern, southern and western edges of the district. To the north-west is the suburb of Landsdale. To the south lies Ballajura, Malaga and part of Beechboro. The suburbs of Henley Brook and West Swan lie to the west; whilst Caversham is situated in the south-west corner of the district.

HistoryEdit

West Swan was first contested at the 2008 state election. It was a new seat created as a result of the one-vote-one-value reforms. A majority of the new district's voters came from the abolished district of Ballajura; with the remainder drawn in from Bassendean, Wanneroo and Swan Hills.

Members for West SwanEdit

Member Party Term
  Rita Saffioti Labor 2008–present

Election resultsEdit

2021 Western Australian state election: West Swan[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Rita Saffioti 20,635 77.9 +19.2
Liberal Dave Nesbit 3,122 11.8 −13.7
Greens Manjot Singh 1,038 3.9 −2.3
Christians Brian Warburton 823 3.1 +1.3
No Mandatory Vaccination Genevieve Cocliff 438 1.7 +1.7
WAxit Lucky Saini 421 1.6 +0.7
Total formal votes 26,477 95.7 +1.0
Informal votes 1,204 4.3 −1.0
Turnout 27,681 85.8 −3.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rita Saffioti 22,278 84.2 +15.7
Liberal Dave Nesbit 4,194 15.8 −15.7
Labor hold Swing +15.7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Antony Green. "2007 Western Australia Redistribution". ABC.
  2. ^ 2021 State General Election – West Swan District Results, WAEC

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