Electoral district of Victoria Park

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Victoria Park
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 1930–present
MP Ben Wyatt
Party Labor
Namesake Victoria Park
Area 31 km2 (12.0 sq mi)
Demographic South Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Victoria Park is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. Victoria Park is named for the inner southeastern Perth suburb of Victoria Park which falls within its borders.

History[edit]

Victoria Park was created at the 1929 redistribution, at which five new metropolitan electorates were created to replace former Goldfields seats in Parliament.[1] The seat is considered a safe Australian Labor Party seat, and has been held by the party between 1930 and 1945, and since the 1953 state election, with independent William Read holding the seat in the interim.[2] From 1961 until 1986 it was held by Ron Davies who served as Opposition Leader from 1978 until 1981 when he was replaced by Brian Burke, who mounted a successful campaign for the 1983 election. Ron Davies left Parliament in 1986 after his appointment as Agent-General of Western Australia in London, and at the resulting by-election on 7 June 1986, Dr Geoff Gallop, a lecturer at Murdoch University, was elected. In 1996, he followed his predecessor into the role of Opposition Leader, and just over four years later, became Premier after Labor's victory at the 2001 election. He retired from politics and as Premier on 16 January 2006 in order to aid his recovery from depression, and that "in the interests of my health and my family, I've decided to rethink my career."[3] Labor's Ben Wyatt won the resulting by-election, with a 5% swing to the opposition Liberal candidate.

Of the five times the seat has changed members, four of them have occurred at by-elections (all except Hugh Andrew's win at the 1953 election), two of which have been caused by the death of the incumbent in office (Howard Raphael and Hugh Andrew). No incumbent member has ever been defeated.

Geography[edit]

Victoria Park is bounded by the Swan River to the north, Orrong Road to the northeast, Mills and Burton Streets to the southeast, Manning Road to the south, and Kent Street, Banksia Terrace and Hurlingham Road to the west. It includes the suburbs of Bentley, Burswood, Carlisle, East Victoria Park, Lathlain, St James, Victoria Park and parts of Kensington and Welshpool.[4]

In the 2007 redistribution, the seat lost Cannington, Queens Park, Wilson and parts of Welshpool, while gaining parts of Kensington and all sections of East Victoria Park west of Berwick Street and Hill View Terrace.[5]

Members for Victoria Park[edit]

Member Party Term
  Howard Raphael Labor 1930–1944
  William Read Independent 1945–1953
  Hugh Andrew Labor 1953–1961
  Ron Davies Labor 1961–1986
  Dr Geoff Gallop Labor 1986–2006
  Ben Wyatt Labor 2006–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2013: Victoria Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Ben Wyatt 8,978 44.7 –2.1
Liberal Haider Zaman 8,591 42.7 +8.3
Greens Sarah Newbold 2,528 12.6 –1.4
Total formal votes 20,097 93.5 -1.8
Informal votes 1,402 6.5 +1.8
Turnout 21,499 85.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Ben Wyatt 10,865 54.1 –4.9
Liberal Haider Zaman 9,226 45.9 +4.9
Labor hold Swing –4.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Government of Western Australia (1930). "Redistribution of Seats Act (No 1 of 1929)". Statutes of Western Australia, 1929-1930. pp. 1–56.  Given assent on 15 April 1929.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996 : listed alphabetically by constituency. Western Australian Parliamentary History Project. pp. 332–336. 
  3. ^ Yaxley, Louise (16 January 2006). "WA Premier Geoff Gallop resigns". ABC ("PM" program). Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (29 October 2007). "2007 Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - South Metropolitan - Victoria Park". Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  5. ^ Western Australia Electoral Commission (4 August 2003). "Victoria Park Electoral District". Retrieved 2007-04-25. 

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