Electoral district of West Swan

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West Swan
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of West Swan (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current 2008–present
MP Rita Saffioti
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake West Swan
Electors 28,323 (2017)
Area 246 km2 (95.0 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan

West Swan is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia. It is located in the north-eastern suburbs of Perth.

West Swan was considered a safe Labor seat at its creation, but after a redistribution prior to the 2017 state election became notionally Liberal. After its creation prior to the 2008 election, ABC electoral commentator Antony Green calculated a theoretical margin of 10.6% favouring Australian Labor Party over the Liberal Party in two party preferred terms.[1] Rita Saffioti won the seat in 2008, holding it again with a margin of 1.9 points after the 2013 election. A redistribution in 2015 saw the seat with a notional 0.9 point Liberal margin, however Saffioti retained the seat at the 2017 election which saw a large swing to Labor.

Geography[edit]

The roughly oblong-shaped district is dominated by the bushland of Whiteman Park and Cullacabardee. The voters of West Swan are situated towards the eastern, southern and western edges of the district. To the north-west is the suburb of Landsdale. To the south lies Ballajura, Malaga and part of Beechboro. The suburbs of Henley Brook and West Swan lie to the west; whilst Caversham is situated in the south-west corner of the district.

History[edit]

West Swan was first contested at the 2008 state election. It was a new seat created as a result of the one-vote-one-value reforms. A majority of the new district's voters came from the abolished district of Ballajura; with the remainder drawn in from Bassendean, Wanneroo, and Swan Hills.

Members for West Swan[edit]

Member Party Term
  Rita Saffioti Labor 2008–present

Election results[edit]

Western Australian state election, 2017: West Swan[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rita Saffioti 13,456 57.1 +12.9
Liberal Rod Henderson 6,141 26.1 −21.2
Greens Beth McMullan 1,721 7.3 +1.5
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Trevor Ruwoldt 985 4.2 +4.2
Christians Isaac Moran 696 3.0 +0.4
Matheson for WA James Lawrence 569 2.4 +2.4
Total formal votes 23,568 94.1 +1.2
Informal votes 1,473 5.9 −1.2
Turnout 25,041 88.4 +7.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rita Saffioti 15,812 67.2 +18.1
Liberal Rod Henderson 7,744 32.9 −18.1
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +18.1

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