Division of Pearce

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Pearce 2010.png
Division of Pearce (green) in Western Australia
Created 1989
MP Christian Porter
Party Liberal
Namesake George Pearce
Electors 101,324 (2013)
Area 14,401 km2 (5,560.3 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Pearce is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. A hybrid urban-rural seat located to the east and north of Perth, it takes in the far northern suburbs of the metropolitan area before fanning inland from the Indian Ocean to take in portions of the Wheatbelt southeast, east and northeast of the capital.

It includes the Perth suburbs of Mundaring, Mount Helena, Chidlow and Yanchep and the 'Avon Arc' Wheatbelt towns of Gingin, Northam, York, Toodyay, Chittering and Beverley.

The division was named after Rt Hon Sir George Pearce, a founder of the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, and the longest-serving member of the Australian Senate. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 31 March 1989, and was first contested at the 1990 federal election. It has been held by the Liberal Party of Australia for its entire existence, and has usually been fairly safe for that party.

On 12 June 2012, Western Australian state cabinet minister Christian Porter announced he would contest the federal seat of Pearce during the 2013 federal election due to the retirement of Judi Moylan. Porter retained the seat for the Liberal Party.


Member Party Term
  Fred Chaney Liberal 1990–1993
  Judi Moylan Liberal 1993–2013
  Christian Porter Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Pearce
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Christian Porter 40,275 45.67 −4.24
Labor Madeleine West 22,827 25.88 −3.64
Greens Sarah Nielsen-Harvey 9,901 11.23 −2.01
Palmer United Frank Hough 6,587 7.47 +7.47
National Craig McAllister 4,326 4.91 +2.37
Christians Danielle Canas 1,746 1.98 +1.98
Rise Up Australia Diane Davies 791 0.90 +0.90
Katter's Australian Eddie Richards 727 0.82 +0.82
Democrats Matthew Corica 572 0.65 +0.65
CEC Norman Gay 439 0.50 −0.08
Total formal votes 88,191 94.10 −0.19
Informal votes 5,528 5.90 +0.19
Turnout 93,719 92.49 −0.63
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Christian Porter 51,206 58.06 −0.80
Labor Madeleine West 36,985 41.94 +0.80
Liberal hold Swing −0.80


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Coordinates: 31°39′18″S 116°17′56″E / 31.655°S 116.299°E / -31.655; 116.299