Western Australian state election, 2001

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Western Australian state election, 2001
Western Australia
1996 ←
10 February 2001 (2001-02-10)
→ 2005

All 57 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and all 36 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Council.
  First party Second party
  Geoffrey Gallop Midland.jpg
Leader Geoff Gallop Richard Court
Party Labor Liberal/National coalition
Leader since 8 October 1996 (1996-10-08) 12 May 1992 (1992-05-12)
Leader's seat Victoria Park Nedlands
Last election 19 seats 35 seats
Seats won 32 seats 21 seats
Seat change Increase13 Decrease14
Popular vote 538,759 479,209
Percentage 52.92% 47.08%
Swing Increase8.09 Decrease8.09

Premier before election

Richard Court
Liberal/National coalition

Elected Premier

Geoff Gallop
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 10 February 2001 to elect all 57 members to the Legislative Assembly and all 34 members to the Legislative Council. The two-term LiberalNational coalition government, led by Premier Richard Court, was defeated by the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader Dr Geoff Gallop.

The election produced the biggest change of seats at any election since 1911, with Labor winning 14 seats from the Coalition as well as an Independent-held seat, while losing the seat of Kalgoorlie for the first time since 1923 to Liberal candidate Matt Birney. Meanwhile, a minister in the outgoing Government, Doug Shave, lost his seat of Alfred Cove to Independent candidate Dr Janet Woollard, who was also a member of the Liberals for Forests party.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Western Australian state election, 10 February 2001[1]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled Voters 1,187,629
Votes Cast 1,075,556 Turnout 90.56% +0.57%
Informal Votes 48,836 Informal 4.54% +0.15%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 382,308 37.24% +1.42% 32 +13
  Liberal 319,927 31.16% –8.61% 16 –13
  One Nation 98,321 9.58% +9.58% 0 ± 0
  Greens WA 74,641 7.27% +2.54% 0 ± 0
  WA Nationals 33,450 3.26% –2.53% 5 – 1
  Democrats 27,102 2.64% –2.44% 0 ± 0
  Christian Democrats 9,893 0.96% +0.78% 0 ± 0
  Other parties 5,142 0.50% –0.38% 0 ± 0
  Independent[1] 75,936 7.40% –0.30% 4 + 1
Total 1,026,720     57  
Two-Party Preferred
  Labor 538,759 52.92% +8.09%
  Liberal/National 479,209 47.08% –8.09%

Notes:

1 At the 1996 election, Labor Party member Larry Graham won the Pilbara seat. He resigned from the party during the term of parliament, and won his seat as an independent in 2001. The retirement of Labor independent Ernie Bridge, whose seat of Kimberley was subsequently won at the election by Labor candidate Carol Martin, and Woollard's defeat of Shave in Alfred Cove kept the numbers of Independents at four.

Legislative Council[edit]

Western Australian state election, 10 February 2001
Legislative Council

Enrolled Voters 1,187,629
Votes Cast 1,077,186 Turnout 90.70% +0.56%
Informal Votes 28,434 Informal 2.64% –0.37%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 397,846 37.94% +6.88% 13 + 1
  Liberal 356,126 33.96% N/A[1] 12 – 2
  WA Nationals 25,204 2.40% N/A[1] 1 – 2
  One Nation 103,571 9.88% +9.88% 3 + 3
  Greens WA 83,883 8.00% +2.45% 5 + 2
  Democrats 38,968 3.72% –2.86% 0 – 2
  Christian Democrats 16,105 1.54% +0.86% 0 ± 0
  Other parties 1,436 0.14% –3.71% 0 ± 0
  Independent 25,613 2.44% –1.36% 0 ± 0
Total 1,048,752     34  

Notes:

1 At the 1996 election, the Liberals and Nationals ran a combined ticket in two regions, ran separately in a third, and the Liberals ran alone in the remaining three. The two parties received a combined vote of 46.45%. As such, the swing against the Coalition in the Legislative Council was 10.09%.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antony Green (June 2001). "Western Australian State Election 2001". Western Australian Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 24 April 2013.