Electoral district of Eyre

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This article is about the Western Australian state electorate. For the historical South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of Eyre (South Australia).
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 1950–1962; 1989–2005; 2008–present
MP Graham Jacobs
Party Liberal
Namesake Edward John Eyre
Area 292,240 km2 (112,834.5 sq mi)
Demographic Mining and Pastoral

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

The district covers large tracts of the rural south-east of Western Australia. It includes the following local government councils: Shire of Coolgardie, Shire of Dundas, Shire of Esperance, Shire of Ravensthorpe, Shire of Yilgarn, as well as a large part of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The district includes the towns of Bodallin, Boulder, Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Eucla, Kambalda, Marvel Loch, Ravensthorpe and Southern Cross.

Politically, the district appears to be a safe Liberal seat. Based on the results of the 2005 state election, the newly drawn electorate was created with a Liberal Party majority of 64.9% to 34.1% versus the Labor Party, according to one analysis.[1]


Eyre was first created for the 1950 election and abolished ahead of the 1962 election. Labor MP Emil Nulsen, who had previously held the seat of Kanowna, was the district's only member over the period, and was unopposed on two occasions.

Eyre was again created for the 1989 election and abolished ahead of the 2005 state election. The district ultimately included the Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies and Yilgarn, as well as the Boulder district and non-metropolitan components of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It was held at all times by the Labor Party, and historically, only Southern Cross returned a consistent majority for the Liberal Party. The district was largely replaced by Murchison-Eyre.

An electorate named Eyre was created for a third time, on this occasion for the 2008 election. The new district was drawn from parts of Murchison-Eyre and Roe – both of which were abolished – as well as a small part of Kalgoorlie. Eyre is centred further south and west than its previous incarnations, incorporating large parts of the former Roe district – which was always a non-Labor seat – in particular, the towns of Esperance and Ravensthorpe. For this reason, the new seat of Eyre is much less favourable to Labor than its predecessors. The new district's first and current member is Liberal MP Graham Jacobs, who was previously the member for Roe.

Members for Eyre[edit]

First incarnation (1950–1962)
Member Party Term
  Emil Nulsen Labor 1950–1962
Second incarnation (1989–2005)
Member Party Term
  Julian Grill Labor 1989–2001
  John Bowler Labor 2001–2005
Third incarnation (2008–present)
  Graham Jacobs Liberal 2008–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2013: Eyre
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Graham Jacobs 5,870 41.1 –4.8
National Colin De Grussa 5,258 36.8 +9.9
Labor Greg Smith 2,082 14.6 –4.7
Greens Giorgia Johnson 715 5.0 –2.2
Christians Brett Hilton 366 2.6 +2.6
Total formal votes 14,291 94.6 –0.3
Informal votes 816 5.4 +0.3
Turnout 15,107 87.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Graham Jacobs 10,474 73.3 +4.0
Labor Greg Smith 3,817 26.7 –4.0
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Graham Jacobs 7,203 50.4 –3.0
National Colin De Grussa 7,078 49.6 +3.0
Liberal hold Swing –3.0


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