Division of Stirling

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Stirling
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Stirling (green) in Western Australia
Created 1955
MP Michael Keenan
Party Liberal
Namesake James Stirling
Electors 96,289 (2013)
Area 77 km2 (29.7 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Stirling is an Australian electoral division in the inner northern and beachside suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. It includes the suburbs of Balcatta, Balga, Carine, Innaloo, Nollamara, North Beach, Scarborough, Stirling, Trigg and Yokine.

The electorate was created in the Western Australia redistribution of 10 August 1955, and was named after Sir James Stirling, the 19th-century founding lieutenant governor and governor of Western Australia. Stirling covers a demographically diverse area, including several affluent beachside suburbs, as well as some poorer areas further inland. As a result, Stirling has often been a marginal seat, swinging between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party of Australia.

Unlike some marginal seats on the east coast, such as Eden-Monaro, Stirling has not often been seen as a barometer for winning government. Probably as a result of coincidence, while it has elected five government MPs, all but three of its members have spent some time in opposition.

Opinion polls in the leadup to the 2004 election had suggested a close result in Stirling, leaning towards the possibility of sitting Labor member Jann McFarlane retaining her seat. This had been thought to be more likely after Paul Afkos, the original Liberal candidate, was forced to resign after he was revealed to have borrowed money from a convicted drug dealer. A local businessman, Michael Keenan was brought in as his replacement, and maintained the close difference in polling. However, on election day, the swing to the Liberal Party statewide and nationwide was stronger than expected, and Keenan was ultimately successful in unseating McFarlane. The Stirling Times, a local newspaper, speculated in October 2006 that McFarlane, at that time a Stirling councillor, might contest the seat again in 2007. On 28 November 2006, former SAS officer and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War Peter Tinley accepted an offer from Kim Beazley to run as the ALP candidate in the 2007 election.[1] Ahead of the 2010 election, Labor preselected Louise Durack, a social worker and executive director of People With Disabilities (WA) and past candidate for the state seat of Ocean Reef, to run for the seat. Michael Keenan was re-elected at the 2010 federal election.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Harry Webb Labor 1955–1958
  Doug Cash Liberal 1958–1961
  Harry Webb Labor 1961–1972
  Ian Viner Liberal 1972–1983
  Ron Edwards Labor 1983–1993
  Eoin Cameron Liberal 1993–1998
  Jann McFarlane Labor 1998–2004
  Michael Keenan Liberal 2004–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Stirling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Keenan 43,039 51.82 +1.91
Labor Dan Caddy 23,531 28.33 −3.54
Greens Tim Clifford 9,359 11.27 −1.63
Palmer United Wayne Thompson 3,342 4.02 +4.02
Christians Kevin Host 1,704 2.05 +2.05
Independent Kim Mubarak 901 1.08 +1.08
Family First Matueny Luke 686 0.83 −0.21
Rise Up Australia Alison Rowe 498 0.60 +0.60
Total formal votes 83,060 94.34 −0.64
Informal votes 4,986 5.66 +0.64
Turnout 88,046 91.44 −1.03
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Michael Keenan 50,083 60.30 +4.75
Labor Dan Caddy 32,977 39.70 −4.75
Liberal hold Swing +4.75

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Coordinates: 31°52′37″S 115°49′05″E / 31.877°S 115.818°E / -31.877; 115.818