Electoral district of Darling Range

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Darling Range
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Darling Range (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current 1950–1974; 1977–present
MP Alyssa Hayden
Party Liberal
Namesake Darling Range
Electors 32,571 (2018)
Area 1,949 km2 (752.5 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan

Darling Range is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

The district is based to the east and south-east of Perth.

Geography[edit]

Darling Range is situated in the outer east and south-east of Perth. It is a mixture of suburbia and hinterland, falling inside the Metropolitan Region Scheme and running along most of its southern and eastern boundary. The district covers all of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale as well as the less urbanised parts of the cities of Armadale and Kalamunda and the Shire of Mundaring.

History[edit]

Darling Range was first created for the 1950 state election. The seat's first member was Country MP Ray Owen, who was previously the member for Swan. The district was abolished ahead of the 1974 state election. By this time its member was Liberal MP Ian Thompson, who went on to represent the new district of Kalamunda. Darling Range was recreated just one term later for the 1977 state election.

The seat was radically redistributed ahead of the 2008 state election, with just 15% of the voters in the redrawn district coming from its former configuration. Half of the district's voters—and indeed the vast majority of its territory—previously belonged to the abolished district of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, with the remainder coming from Armadale and Swan Hills. Thus, sitting Serpentine-Jarrahdale member, Liberal MP Tony Simpson became the new member for Darling Range at the 2008 election, whilst the former member for Darling Range, Liberal MP John Day, successfully contested the new seat of Kalamunda.

Simpson served as the MP for Darling Range until his defeat by Barry Urban at the 2017 state election. This result marked the first time that the Labor Party had ever won the seat. In May 2018, Urban resigned from parliament as the privileges committee recommended his expulsion over a series of false claims of his credentials.[1] The Liberals regained the seat at the 2018 by-election.[2]

Members for Darling Range[edit]

Darling Range (1950–1974)
Member Term Party
  Ray Owen Country 1950–1962
  Ken Dunn Liberal Country League 1962–1968
  Liberal 1968–1971
  Ian Thompson Liberal 1971–1974
Darling Range (1977–present)
Member Term Party
  George Spriggs Liberal 1977–1987
  Bob Greig Liberal 1987–1989
  Ian Thompson Liberal 1989–1990
  Independent 1990–1993
  John Day Liberal 1993–2008
  Tony Simpson Liberal 2008–2017
  Barry Urban Labor 2017
  Independent 2017–2018
  Alyssa Hayden Liberal 2018–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2017: Darling Range[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Barry Urban 11,012 41.5 +12.5
Liberal Tony Simpson 8,056 30.4 −25.2
One Nation Sharon Polgar 2,313 8.7 +8.7
Greens Iwan Boskamp 2,033 7.7 −1.8
Christians Derek Bruning 1,174 4.4 −0.5
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Stuart Ostle 1,123 4.2 +4.2
Micro Business Craig Ballinger 317 1.2 +1.2
Flux the System! Chris Barker 194 0.7 +0.7
Liberal Democrats Jake McCoull 163 0.6 +0.6
Independent Manamal Froumis 134 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 26,519 95.1 +1.5
Informal votes 1,357 4.9 −1.5
Turnout 27,876 89.5 +6.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Barry Urban 14,788 55.8 +18.9
Liberal Tony Simpson 11,712 44.2 −18.9
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +18.9

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