Electoral district of Morley

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Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 1974–1996; 2008–present
MP Ian Britza
Party Liberal
Namesake Morley
Area 17 km2 (6.6 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan

Morley is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

Morley existed as an electoral district from 1974 to 1996, and was restored as an electorate name in 2008. Between 1983 and 1989 it was known was Morley-Swan.

The district is situated in the northern suburbs of Perth.


Situated in the densely populated inner northern suburbs of Perth, the district covers the entirety of the suburb of Noranda, most of Morley and Dianella and parts of Bedford, Beechboro and Kiara.


Morley was first created for the 1974 state election. At the 1983 state election, it was renamed Morley-Swan with the abolition of Swan. The district reverted to the name Morley at the 1989 state election and was abolished ahead of the 1996 state election.

The district was held by Labor at all times, with the exception of the period between 1991 and 1993, when former Labor MP Frank Donovan sat as an independent. The member at the time of Morley's abolition, Labor MP Clive Brown, went on to represent the newly created seat of Bassendean from 1996 to 2005.

A new district named Morley was created for the 2008 state election following the one vote one value reforms. The majority of the district's voters came from the abolished seat of Ballajura. Nearly all of the remainder of district's territory formerly belonged to Yokine and Maylands; a small part also came from Bassendean.

The new district was created with a Labor majority of 59.9% to 40.1% versus the Liberal Party.[1] However, Liberal candidate Ian Britza captured the seat at the 2008 state election, overcoming the large notional margin due in part to the candidacy of independent candidate and former MP for Ballajura John D'Orazio, who directed preferences to the Liberal candidate ahead of Labor candidate Reece Whitby.

Members for Morley[edit]

Morley (1974–1983)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Tonkin Labor 1974–1983
Morley-Swan (1983–1989)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Tonkin Labor 1983–1987
  Frank Donovan Labor 1987–1989
Morley (1989–1996)
Member Party Term
  Frank Donovan Labor 1989–1991
  Independent 1991–1993
  Clive Brown Labor 1993–1996
Morley (2008–present)
Member Party Term
  Ian Britza Liberal 2008–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2013: Morley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ian Britza 9,932 49.9 +14.7
Labor Reece Whitby 7,868 39.5 +1.7
Greens Sally Palmer 1,371 6.9 -3.2
Christians Ross Fraser 430 2.2 -1.2
Family First Greg Halls 305 1.5 +1.5
Total formal votes 19,906 90.5 -1.7
Informal votes 1,851 9.5 +1.7
Turnout 21,757 89.9
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Ian Britza 10,889 54.7 +5.5
Labor Reece Whitby 9,003 45.3 -5.5
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +5.5


  1. ^ Antony Green. "2008 Election profile: Morley". ABC. 
  2. ^ "Morley District Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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