Electoral district of Alfred Cove

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Alfred Cove
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 1996–present
MP Dean Nalder
Party Liberal
Namesake Alfred Cove
Area 16 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
Demographic South Metropolitan

Alfred Cove is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. The district is named for the southern riverside Perth suburb of Alfred Cove which falls within its borders.

History[edit]

Alfred Cove was created at the 1994 redistribution, created out of the northern riverside portions of the former seats of Applecross and part of Melville,[1] and was first contested in the 1996 election at which Liberal member and Court government minister Doug Shave, who had previously represented Melville since the 1989 election, was successful.[2] Alfred Cove, and Applecross before it, was regarded as very safe for the Liberal Party, but an Independent Liberal, Penny Hearne, who had formerly represented the Liberals against Kim Beazley in Brand at the previous federal election, had cut Shave's margin to just over 2%.

As Minister for Fair Trading, Shave was criticised over his department's handling of the so-called finance brokers' scandal in 1999-2000, where thousands of elderly investors faced losses estimated at over A$200 million. In particular, Shave was accused of giving preferential treatment to his own father-in-law to recover $100,000.[3] The electorate at the 2001 census, taken shortly after the elections, had a median age of 40 and 28.7% of its population were over 55 years of age, and hence was unusually affected by the consequences of the finance brokers' scandal.[4] The candidates at the 2001 election included Denise Brailey, an advocate for the elderly investors, and Dr Janet Woollard, the wife of former Australian Medical Association president Dr Keith Woollard who had started the Liberals for Forests party.[5] In the event, with Labor not contesting, each got over 20% of the vote, with Woollard winning on preferences when Brailey and the Greens were eliminated and their votes distributed.[6]

Woollard faced a strong opponent at the 2005 election in Liberal candidate and former Court government minister Graham Kierath, who had unexpectedly lost his seat of Riverton on a 10% swing to the Labor Party. Despite Kierath winning on primary votes, Woollard once again won on preferences.

Demographics[edit]

Alfred Cove is ranked amongst the highest electorates by socio-economic status in Western Australia according to the SEIFA indexes, with high scores on educational and employment opportunity. At the 2006 census, the median individual income in the Alfred Cove electorate, based on its 2005 boundaries, was $577 per week compared to $513 in the Perth metropolitan area, and the median weekly household income was $1,166 compared to $1,086 across Perth, although these figures did not reflect retirees with high asset bases. 46.2% of the working population were professionals or managers. 30.3% of Alfred Cove's residents were over 55—the highest percentage of any State electorate—and had a median age of 41 years.[7]

Members for Alfred Cove[edit]

Member Party Term
  Doug Shave Liberal 1996–2001
  Dr Janet Woollard Independent Liberal 2001–2013
  Dean Nalder Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2013: Alfred Cove[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dean Nalder 13,523 64.4 +19.4
Labor David Houston 3,532 16.8 –3.2
Independent Janet Woollard 2,114 10.1 –13.3
Greens Ros Harman 1,665 7.9 –2.0
Estelle Gom 161 0.8 +0.8
Total formal votes 20,995 95.2 –0.7
Informal votes 1,047 4.8 +0.7
Turnout 22,042 91.4
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Dean Nalder 15,445 73.6 +23.8
Labor David Houston 5,544 26.4 +26.4
Liberal gain from Independent Swing N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral Distributions Act 1947 - Division of the State into Six Electoral Regions and 57 Electoral Districts by the Electoral Distribution Commissioners". Western Australia Government Gazette. 28 November 1994. p. 1994:6135-6327. 
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth: Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. p. 10. ISBN 0-7309-8409-5. 
  3. ^ "Finance brokers scandal hampers Court's re-election chances". The 7.30 Report (ABC). 27 June 2000. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Alfred Cove (State Electoral District)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  5. ^ "WA politicians desperate to capture voter attention in close election". The 7.30 Report (ABC). 8 February 2001. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  6. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (12 March 2001). "District of Alfred Cove Results". Retrieved 2008-08-08. [dead link]
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Alfred Cove (South Metropolitan) (State Electoral Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
    * Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Perth (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Alfred Cove District Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

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