Division of Durack

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Durack
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Durack in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 2008
MP Melissa Price
Party Liberal
Namesake Durack family of Western Australia
Electors 97,347 (2016)
Area 1,629,858 km2 (629,291.7 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Durack is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Western Australia. The Division is named after the pioneering Durack family, upon whom Dame Mary Durack based her popular historical novels. Created to replace parts of the divisions of Kalgoorlie (which has been abolished) and O'Connor, it elected its first member at the 2010 election.[1] Sitting Kalgoorlie MP Barry Haase of the Liberal Party contested and won the seat.[2] Haase announced he would not recontest Durack at the next election on 15 June 2013.[3] The seat was won at the 2013 election by Liberal candidate Melissa Price.

Geography[edit]

Durack includes the northern parts of Western Australia, including the northern and central parts of the Wheatbelt, the Mid West, Gascoyne, Pilbara and the Kimberley regions. Populated areas include the city of Geraldton, Broome, Carnarvon, Derby, Dongara, Kalbarri, Karratha, Kununurra, Meekatharra, Merredin, Moora, Mukinbudin, Newman, Port Hedland and Tom Price.

At 1,629,858 km² (64 per cent of the landmass of Western Australia), Durack is the largest electorate in Australia by land area, the largest constituency in the world that practices compulsory voting, and the second largest single-member electorate in the world after Nunavut in Canada.[4] Although physically similar in size to Mexico, the electorate has only 300 settlements.[5]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Barry Haase Liberal 2010–2013
  Melissa Price Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Durack[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Melissa Price 32,011 41.74 +3.59
Labor Carol Martin 19,860 25.90 +5.87
National Lisa Cole 12,257 15.98 −7.42
Greens Ian James 7,710 10.05 +3.10
Rise Up Australia Mitchell Sambell 2,885 3.76 +2.69
Christians Grahame Gould 1,966 2.56 +1.25
Total formal votes 76,689 96.09 +2.49
Informal votes 3,122 3.91 −2.49
Turnout 79,811 81.99 −6.93
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Melissa Price 46,823 61.06 −3.98
Labor Carol Martin 29,866 38.94 +3.98
Liberal hold Swing −3.98

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Coordinates: 22°46′37″S 121°25′41″E / 22.777°S 121.428°E / -22.777; 121.428