Electoral district of Roe

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Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Roe (dark green) in Western Australia
State Western Australia
Dates current 1950–1983; 1989–2008; 2017–present
MP Peter Rundle
Party National
Namesake John Septimus Roe
Electors 26,192 (2017)
Area 106,409 km2 (41,084.7 sq mi)
Demographic Agricultural

Roe is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia. It takes in rural areas in the south of the state. Roe was re-created for the 2017 state election, having previously been in existence from 1950 to 1983 and from 1989 to 2008. It has a notional 16.7-point majority for the National Party against the Liberal Party, based on the results of the 2013 state election.[1]


In its current incarnation, Roe includes portions of four regions of Western Australia – the South West, the Wheatbelt, the Great Southern, and Goldfields-Esperance. There are eighteen local government areas that fall into the district: Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Cuballing, Dumbleyung, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Kulin, Lake Grace, Narrogin, Ravensthorpe, Wagin, West Arthur, Wickepin, Williams, and Woodanilling.[2]


Roe was first created in 1950 and abolished in 1983. It was recreated in 1989. In both of its previous incarnations, it was a staunchly conservative seat that traded hands between the Liberal Party and what became the National Party. Indeed, in its second incarnation, Labor was frequently pushed into third place.

Roe was abolished ahead of the 2008 state election as a result of the reduction in rural seats made necessary by the one vote one value reforms. At its abolition in 2008, Roe was a southern coastal electorate that included the towns of Esperance, Gnowangerup, Kulin, Lake Grace, Bremer Bay and Ravensthorpe. Its former territory was split between the new district of Eyre and the enlarged district of Wagin. Following Roe's abolition, sitting Liberal MP Graham Jacobs contested and won the seat of Eyre.

Roe was re-created in a redistribution prior to the 2017 state election, taking in areas of two abolished seats, Eyre and Wagin. The former member for Eyre, Jacobs, attempted to transfer here, but was roundly defeated by the Nationals' Peter Rundle.

Members for Roe[edit]

Roe (1950–1983)
Member Party Term
  Charles Perkins Country 1950–1962
  Tom Hart Country 1962–1967
  Bill Young Country 1967–1974
  Geoff Grewar Liberal 1974–1983
Roe (1989–2008)
Member Party Term
  Ross Ainsworth National 1989–2005
  Graham Jacobs Liberal 2005–2008
Roe (2017–present)
Member Party Term
  Peter Rundle National 2017–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2017: Roe[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Peter Rundle 9,553 42.5 −13.2
Liberal Graham Jacobs 5,383 23.9 −2.8
Labor Bradley Willis 3,203 14.2 +3.4
One Nation Eketerina Zacklova 1,792 8.0 +8.0
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Peter Stacey 1,182 5.3 +5.3
Greens Simone McInnes 759 3.4 −0.4
Christians Cathie Kelly 536 2.4 −0.6
Tony Fels 76 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 22,484 96.2 +0.6
Informal votes 883 3.8 −0.6
Turnout 23,367 89.2 −4.0
Two-candidate-preferred result
National Peter Rundle 14,474 64.4 −2.3
Liberal Graham Jacobs 7,997 35.6 +2.3
National hold Swing −2.3


  1. ^ Electorate: Roe, WA Election 2017, ABC News. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ District of Roe, Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Roe District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

External links[edit]

  • Antony Green. "2005 Election Profile: Roe". ABC.
  • "Map of Roe (1996–2005)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]
  • "Map of Roe (2005–2008)". boundarieswa.com.[permanent dead link]