Electoral district of Thornlie

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Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Thornlie (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current 1989–2005, 2017–present
MP Chris Tallentire
Party Labor
Namesake Thornlie
Electors 28,269 (2017)
Area 28 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan

Thornlie is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia. It is located in Perth's southeastern suburbs, and is named after the suburb of Thornlie.

Thornlie was first created for the 1989 state election. It was abolished in a redistribution prior to the 2005 election, but was recreated for the 2017 election to replace the abolished seat of Gosnells. When Thornlie recreated it had a notional 1.8-point majority for the Labor Party (based on the results of the 2013 election), and was considered a marginal seat.[1]


Thornlie was first created for the 1989 state election. It largely replaced the abolished district of Gosnells and was won by incumbent Gosnells MP Yvonne Henderson. It was held at all times by the Labor Party.

The district was abolished ahead of the 2005 state election. At that time, it included the entirety of the suburbs of Thornlie and Langford as well as parts of the suburbs of Canning Vale, Ferndale, Kenwick, Lynwood and Maddington. Its territory was divided between the existing districts of Riverton and Southern River, as well as the new district of Kenwick. Sitting MP Sheila McHale contested and won the seat of Kenwick.

Upon its recreation prior to the 2017 state election, Thornlie had a notional 1.8-point majority for the Labor Party.[2] Incumbent Gosnells MP Chris Tallentire contested Thornlie and won the seat with a 14% swing in his favour, thus making Thornlie a safe Labor seat.

Members for Thornlie[edit]

First incarnation (1989–2005)
Member Party Term
  Yvonne Henderson Labor 1989–1996
  Sheila McHale Labor 1996–2005
Second incarnation (2017–present)
  Chris Tallentire Labor 2017–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2017: Thornlie[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Chris Tallentire 11,983 52.6 +9.1
Liberal Rob Coales 5,682 25.0 −14.2
One Nation Sandy Baraiolo 1,747 7.7 +7.7
Greens Donna McAleese 1,563 6.9 +1.1
Christians Madeleine Goiran 798 3.5 −0.3
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Gary Hammond 526 2.3 +2.3
Micro Business Sibel Bennett 309 1.4 +1.4
Flux the System! Andrew van Dam 160 0.7 +0.7
Total formal votes 22,768 94.0 +1.8
Informal votes 1,451 6.0 −1.8
Turnout 24,219 85.7 −2.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Chris Tallentire 14,965 65.8 +14.0
Liberal Rob Coales 7,781 34.2 −14.0
Labor hold Swing +14.0


  1. ^ Thornlie (Key Seat), WA Election 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ Thornlie (Key Seat), WA Election 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ Thornlie District Profile and Results, 2017 State General Election, WAEC.

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