Division of Durack

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Durack
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Durack 2010.png
Division of Durack (green) in Western Australia
Created 2008
MP Melissa Price
Party Liberal
Namesake Durack family of Western Australia
Electors 90,852 (2013)
Area 1,587,758 km2 (613,036.8 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Durack is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Western Australia. The Division is named after the pioneering Durack family, whose exploits were chronicled in Mary Durack's celebrated family history, Kings in Grass Castles and Sons in the Saddle. Created to replace parts of the divisions of Kalgoorlie (which has been abolished) and O'Connor, it elected its first member at the 2010 election.[1] Sitting Kalgoorlie MP Barry Haase of the Liberal Party contested and won the seat.[2] Haase announced he would not recontest Durack at the next election on 15 June 2013.[3] The seat was won at the 2013 election by Liberal candidate Melissa Price.

Geography[edit]

Durack includes the northern parts of Western Australia, including the northern and central parts of the Wheatbelt, the Mid West, Gascoyne, Pilbara and the Kimberley regions. Populated areas include the city of Geraldton, Broome, Carnarvon, Derby, Dongara, Kalbarri, Karratha, Kununurra, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mukinbudin, Newman, Port Hedland and Tom Price.

At 1,587,758 km² (62 percent of Western Australia's landmass), Durack is the largest electorate in Australia by land area and is the second largest single-member electorate in the world, after Nunavut in Canada.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Barry Haase Liberal 2010–2013
  Melissa Price Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Durack
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Melissa Price 28,143 38.01 −7.06
National Shane Van Styn 17,145 23.16 +5.46
Labor Daron Keogh 15,018 20.28 −3.75
Greens Ian James 5,227 7.06 −2.19
Palmer United Des Headland 4,998 6.75 +6.75
Christians Grahame Gould 972 1.31 +1.31
Rise Up Australia Shane Foreman 810 1.09 +1.09
Katter's Australian Aaron Todd 783 1.06 +1.06
Family First Ian Rose 763 1.03 −1.37
CEC Judy Sudholz 177 0.24 +0.24
Total formal votes 74,036 93.61 −1.53
Informal votes 5,056 6.39 +1.53
Turnout 79,092 87.04 −1.15
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Melissa Price 48,031 64.88 +1.21
Labor Daron Keogh 26,005 35.12 −1.21
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Melissa Price 39,965 53.98 −9.69
National Shane Van Styn 34,071 46.02 +46.02
Liberal hold Swing N/A

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Coordinates: 22°46′37″S 121°25′41″E / 22.777°S 121.428°E / -22.777; 121.428