Electoral district of Vasse

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Vasse
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 1950–present
MP Libby Mettam
Party Liberal
Namesake Vasse River
Electors 24,739 (2014)
Demographic South West

Vasse is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia. Vasse is based in the South West region of the state, centred on the town of Busselton and is named for the Vasse River. It has been a safe seat for the Liberal Party at all times since its creation, including as its previous incarnation, Sussex.

The current MLA, Liberal Libby Mettam, won a by-election on 18 October 2014 following the resignation of former Liberal leader Troy Buswell.

Geography[edit]

Originally centred on Geographe Bay and Busselton, the redistribution ahead of the 2008 state election expanded the electorate south to include large parts of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River which had formerly been in Warren-Blackwood prior to that district's abolition. Apart from Busselton and its suburbs, the Vasse district includes the towns of Vasse, Dunsborough/Quindalup, Yallingup, Margaret River, Cowaramup, Gracetown and Prevelly as well as part of Witchcliffe.

History[edit]

Vasse was first created for the 1950 state election out of the former seat of Sussex. It is a historically safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia, which has held the seat continuously since its foundation, apart from when sitting Liberal Bernie Masters resigned to sit as an independent in 2004-05.

The seat had only two members in its first 46 years, William Bovell (1950-1971) and Barry Blaikie (1971-1996). Masters succeeded Blaikie at the 1996 state election, but lost preselection for a third term ahead of the 2005 election in favour of then Shire of Busselton mayor Troy Buswell. Masters resigned from the party and contested the election as an independent, but was defeated by Buswell. Buswell served as Liberal leader from January to August 2008, and as Treasurer from 2008 to 2010 and from 2012 to 2014. Buswell resigned in 2014 after a drink-driving controversy, and was succeeded at the resulting by-election by Libby Mettam. The by-election, which was not contested by the opposition Australian Labor Party, saw the National Party of Australia cut the Liberal margin in Vasse to less than 4%.

Members for Vasse[edit]

Member Party Term
  William Bovell Liberal Country League 1950–1968
  Liberal 1968–1971
  Barry Blaikie Liberal 1971–1996
  Bernie Masters Liberal 1996–2004
  Independent 2004–2005
  Troy Buswell Liberal 2005–2014
  Libby Mettam Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

Vasse state by-election, 2014: Vasse
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Libby Mettam 8,805 44.3 –13.0
WA Nationals Peter Gordon 5,656 28.5 +21.2
Greens Michael Baldock 3,567 18.0 +8.0
Independent Peter Johnson 873 4.4 +4.4
Australian Christians Wayne Barnett 686 3.5 +3.5
Independent Teresa van Lieshout 274 1.4 +1.4
Total formal votes 19,861 97.2 +1.2
Informal votes 569 2.8 -1.2
Turnout 20,430 82.6 -8.6
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Libby Mettam 10,520 53.0 -18.2
WA Nationals Peter Gordon 9,328 47.0 +47.0
Liberal hold Swing N/A

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