Electoral district of Murray-Wellington
Western Australia—Legislative Assembly
|Namesake||Murray River; Wellington Land District|
|Area||4,244 km2 (1,638.6 sq mi)|
Originally known as Murray, it was one of the original 30 seats contested at the 1890 election. The district is a regional electorate situated between Mandurah and Bunbury. The seat has alternated between the names Murray and Murray-Wellington to reflect its geography.
In its present configuration, Murray-Wellington is a coastal electorate running from the eastern outskirts of Mandurah to the northern outskirts of Bunbury. It covers three local government areas – Shire of Murray, Shire of Waroona and the Shire of Harvey – including all of the latter two and the vast geographic majority of the former. Its major population centres include the towns of Dwellingup, Harvey, North Dandalup, North Yunderup, Pinjarra, South Yunderup and Waroona as well as the northern Bunbury suburbs of Australind and Leschenault.
The seat of Murray-Wellington (or Murray) has long been a stronghold of the Liberal Party and its predecessor parties. The district's most famous member was Ross McLarty, Premier of Western Australia between 1947 and 1953, who held the seat from 1930 to 1962.
The seat's one Labor member, Keith Read, arrived as a result of the 1989 state election. Read won the vacant seat even as his father and then Labor MP John Read was defeated in the neighbouring seat of Mandurah. Keith Read was defeated at the 1993 state election.
Members for Murray-Wellington
|William James George||Opposition||1895–1902|
|William James George||Ministerial||1909–1911|
|William James George||Liberal (WA)||1911–1917|
|Liberal Country League||1949–1950|
|Ross McLarty||Liberal Country League||1950–1962|
|Ewart Runciman||Liberal Country League||1962–1968|
|WA Nationals||Michael Rose||2,280||11.3||+3.3|
|Family First||Laurie Rankin||621||3.1||–3.1|
|Total formal votes||20,136||93.0||-1.1|