Division of Durack
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Durack (green) in Western Australia
|Namesake||Durack family of Western Australia|
|Area||1,587,758 km2 (613,036.8 sq mi)|
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. Sitting Kalgoorlie MP Barry Haase of the Liberal Party contested and won the seat. Haase announced he would not recontest Durack at the next election on 15 June 2013. Preselected candidates include Melissa Price, a resources lawyer from Perth, for the Liberal Party; Daron Keogh for the ALP, Shane van Steyn from the WA Nationals, Wheatbelt farmer Ian James for the Greens and former footballer Des Headland for the Palmer United Party.
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.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Durack|
|National||Shane Van Styn||17,145||23.16||+5.46|
|Palmer United||Des Headland||4,998||6.75||+6.75|
|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|
|Total formal votes||74,036||93.61||−1.53|
|National||Shane Van Styn||34,071||46.02||+46.02|