Division of Perth

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of PERTH 2016.png
Division of Perth in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Tim Hammond
Party Labor
Namesake Perth
Electors 98,758 (2016)
Area 80 km2 (30.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Perth is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. It is named after Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, where the Division is located. The division was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. It extends northeast along the north bank of the Swan River from Perth, including suburbs such as Maylands, Mount Lawley, Bayswater, Ashfield, Bedford, Morley, Beechboro and the Perth city centre. It is a primarily residential area, although contains an industrial area at Bayswater and major commercial centres in Perth and Morley.

Between the 1940s and 1980s, it was a marginal seat that frequently changed hands between the Liberals (and their predecessors) and Labor. Recent demographic changes have made it a fairly safe Labor seat.


Perth is bordered by the Swan River to the south and east, the Mitchell Freeway and Kings Park to the west, and Noranda, Western Australia to the north. It includes the local government areas of the City of Perth (as of 2015), City of Vincent, City of Bayswater, Town of Bassendean and a small poriton of the City of Stirling. Suburbs presently included are:[1]


Member Party Term
  James Fowler Labour 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  Edward Mann Nationalist 1922–1929
  Independent Nationalist 1929–1929
  Walter Nairn Nationalist 1929–1931
  United Australia 1931–1943
  Tom Burke Labor 1943–1955
  Fred Chaney Liberal 1955–1969
  Joe Berinson Labor 1969–1975
  Ross McLean Liberal 1975–1983
  Ric Charlesworth Labor 1983–1993
  Stephen Smith Labor 1993–2013
  Alannah MacTiernan Labor 2013–2016
  Tim Hammond Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Perth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jeremy Quinn 35,381 42.31 +0.20
Labor Tim Hammond 31,248 37.36 −1.02
Greens Tim Clifford 14,272 17.07 +5.10
Liberal Democrats Mark Walmsley 1,430 1.71 +1.71
Online Direct Democracy Andrew Chambers 1,300 1.55 +1.55
Total formal votes 83,631 96.23 +1.12
Informal votes 3,274 3.77 −1.12
Turnout 86,905 88.00 −2.83
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tim Hammond 44,602 53.33 +1.15
Liberal Jeremy Quinn 39,029 46.67 −1.15
Labor hold Swing +1.15


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Perth (WA)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Perth, WA, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 31°54′36″S 115°54′18″E / 31.910°S 115.905°E / -31.910; 115.905