Division of Moore

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MOORE 2016.png
Division of Moore in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Ian Goodenough
Party Liberal
Namesake George Fletcher Moore
Electors 99,916 (2016)
Area 90 km2 (34.7 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Moore is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. Eligible voters within the Division elect a single representative, known as the member for Moore, to the Australian House of Representatives. The Division was named after George Fletcher Moore, the first Advocate-General of Western Australia, and is at present a safe Liberal seat held by Ian Goodenough since the 2013 federal election, having changed significantly throughout its history in both geographical area and in political character.


Due to significant demographic change, the seat's boundaries and constituency has evolved considerably since it was proclaimed at the 11 May 1949 redistribution. At that time, it was basically a rural electorate, which included parts of the Wheatbelt along the Indian Ocean coast to the north and east of Perth, the state capital — a similar region to that presently covered by the state seat of Moore. At the 1949 election, it was won by the Country Party. The seat maintained its rural character over the years, even though construction of the northern suburbs of Perth from the 1960s onwards meant that its southern boundary was eventually sited inside the urban fringe.

The 28 February 1980 redistribution moved much of the electorate's rural hinterland into the new seat of O'Connor, and the creation of Cowan four years later, in the suburbs north of Reid Highway to Whitfords Avenue, meant that Moore was transformed into a safe Labor seat, with a population centred on Midland, but still including the shires of Chittering, Gingin and Dandaragan to the north.

The creation of Pearce at the 31 March 1989 redistribution pushed Moore into the now heavily urban and relatively affluent coastal areas north of the Reid Highway, removing areas like Midland and Beechboro completely, and making it a notionally Liberal seat.[1] The Liberals won it at the 1990 election and have held it ever since, apart from the period between the 1996 and 1998 federal elections, when the member, Paul Filing, was disendorsed by the Liberal Party and was elected as an Independent. The Liberal candidate, Mal Washer, regained the seat for his party at the 1998 election.


The seat presently contains the majority of the City of Joondalup, in the northwest metropolitan area of Perth. Suburbs presently included are:[2]


Member Party Term
  Hugh Leslie Country 1949–1958
  Hugh Halbert Liberal 1958–1961
  Hugh Leslie Country 1961–1963
  Don Maisey Country 1963–1974
  John Hyde Liberal 1974–1983
  Allen Blanchard Labor 1983–1990
  Paul Filing Liberal 1990–1995
  Independent 1995–1998
  Mal Washer Liberal 1998–2013
  Ian Goodenough Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Moore[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ian Goodenough 48,133 54.98 +1.01
Labor Tony Walker 25,118 28.69 +2.88
Greens Daniel Lindley 11,100 12.68 +2.81
Christians Maryka Groenewald 3,194 3.65 +1.85
Total formal votes 87,545 96.80 +1.14
Informal votes 2,891 3.20 −1.14
Turnout 90,436 90.51 −5.09
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Ian Goodenough 53,416 61.02 −1.42
Labor Tony Walker 34,129 38.98 +1.42
Liberal hold Swing −1.42


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Moore (WA)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Moore, WA, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 31°44′20″S 115°45′29″E / 31.739°S 115.758°E / -31.739; 115.758