Division of Durack

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Durack
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of DURACK 2016.png
Division of Durack in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created2008
MPMelissa Price
PartyLiberal
NamesakeDurack family of Western Australia
Electors97,294 (2016)
Area1,629,858 km2 (629,291.7 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of Durack is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Western Australia.

History[edit]

Dame Mary Durack, whose family is the division's namesake

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, Narembeen, 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]

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Barry Haase
(1945–)
Liberal 21 August 2010
5 August 2013
Previously held the Division of Kalgoorlie. Retired
  Melissa Price MP.jpg Melissa Price
(1963–)
Liberal 7 September 2013
present
Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

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 82.03 −6.89
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 26, corporateName=Australian Electoral Commission; address=50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2600; contact=13 23. "AEC redirection page" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Haase 'committed' to Goldfields". abc.net.au. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ "It's game on in Australia's biggest federal electorate". www.abc.net.au. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ Durack: the electorate bigger than many countries still finds it hard to get noticed, The Guardian, 14 May 2016
  5. ^ Taylor, Rob (26 June 2016). "In Australia, This Political Race Covers a Lot of Ground". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Durack, WA, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

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