North Metropolitan Province

The North Metropolitan Province was a two-member electoral province of the Western Australian Legislative Council, located in metropolitan Perth. It was one of several metropolitan seats created following the enactment of the Constitution Acts Amendment Act (No.2) 1963, and became effective on 22 May 1965. At each election, held every three years, one of the two seats was vacated, and the trend in North Metropolitan reflected statewide trends and swings rather than being safe for either of the major parties.

In 1989, the province was abolished by the Acts Amendment (Electoral Reform) Act 1987, and with two others became part of the North Metropolitan Region under the new proportional voting system.

GeographyEdit

The province was made up of several complete Legislative Assembly districts, which changed at each distribution.

Redistribution Period Electoral districts Electors % of State
1963–64 22 May 1965 – 22 May 1968

Balcatta, Karrinyup, Mount Hawthorn, Wembley

41,328 11.15
1966 22 May 1968 – 22 May 1974

Balcatta, Karrinyup, Mount Hawthorn, Mount Lawley, Wembley

55,919 13.52
1972 22 May 1974 – 22 May 1977

Balga, Karrinyup, Mount Hawthorn, Mount Lawley, Scarborough

76,507 13.89
1976 22 May 1977 – 22 May 1983

Balcatta, Karrinyup, Mount Hawthorn, Scarborough, Whitford

77,524 12.34
1982 22 May 1983 – 22 May 1989

Joondalup, Karrinyup, Scarborough, Whitford

64,044 9.01

RepresentationEdit

MembersEdit

Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term
Arthur Griffith   Liberal 1965–1977 Herbert R. Robinson   Liberal 1965–1968
Roy Claughton   Labor 1968–1980
Bob Pike   Liberal 1977–1983
Peter Wells   Liberal 1980–1986
Graham Edwards   Labor 1983–1989
John Halden   Labor 1986–1989

ReferencesEdit

  • Black, David (1991). Legislative Council of Western Australia : membership register, electoral law and statistics, 1890-1989. Perth: Parliamentary History Project. ISBN 0-7309-3641-4.