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Western Australian state election, 2013

Western Australian state election, 2013

9 March 2013

All 59 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and all 36 members in the Western Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Colin Barnett Mark McGowan Brendon Grylls
Party Liberal Labor National
Leader since 6 August 2008 (2008-08-06) 23 January 2012 (2012-01-23) 21 June 2005 (2005-06-21)
Leader's seat Cottesloe Rockingham won Pilbara
Last election 24 seats 28 seats 4 seats
Seats before 24 seats 26 seats 5 seats
Seats won 31 seats 21 seats 7 seats
Seat change Increase7 Decrease5 Increase2
Popular vote 557,903 392,448 71,694
Percentage 47.10% 33.13% 6.05%
Swing Increase8.71 Decrease2.70 Increase1.18

Premier before election

Colin Barnett

Elected Premier

Colin Barnett
Liberal

A general election was held in the state of Western Australia on Saturday 9 March 2013 to elect 59 members to the Legislative Assembly and 36 members to the Legislative Council. The Liberal Party won a majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly for the first time since the election of 1996, retaining government with 31 seats. The Australian Labor Party won 21 seats and the National Party won 7 seats.

Results

Legislative Assembly

Western Australian state election, 9 March 2013[1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 20082017 >>

Enrolled voters 1,412,533
Votes cast 1,260,089 Turnout 89.21% +2.73%
Informal votes 75,657 Informal 6.00% +0.68%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 557,903 47.10 +8.71 31 +7
  Greens WA 99,431 8.39 –3.52 0 ±0
  WA Nationals 71,694 6.05 +1.18 7 +3
  Christians 21,451 1.81 –0.77 0 ±0
  Family First 7,039 0.59 –1.35 0 ±0
  Independents 34,466 2.91 –1.44 0 –3
Total 1,184,432     59  
Two-Party Preferred
  Liberal/National 678,231 57.29% +5.44%
  Labor 505,650 42.71% –5.44%

Legislative Council

|- | style="width: 3px;background:#080CAB;" |  | Liberal | align="right"| 583,500 | align="right"| 47.62 | align="right"| +8.02 | align="right"| 17

| align="right"| +1 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:#F00011;" |  | Labor | align="right"| 398,260 | align="right"| 32.51 | align="right"| –3.63 | align="right"| 11

| align="right"| ± 0 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:#10C25B;" |  | Greens WA | align="right"| 100,624 | align="right"| 8.21 | align="right"| –2.87 | align="right"| 2

| align="right"| –2 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:green;" |  | | align="right"| 59,804 | align="right"| 4.88 | align="right"| –0.44 | align="right"| 5

| align="right"| ± 0 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:#800080;" |  | | align="right"| 23,877 | align="right"| 1.95 | align="right"| –0.37 | align="right"| 0

| align="right"| ± 0 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:#E52B50;" |  | Shooters and Fishers | align="right"| 21,765 | align="right"| 1.78 | align="right"| +1.78 | align="right"| 1

| align="right"| +1 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:#00FFFF;" |  | Family First | align="right"| 16,760 | align="right"| 1.37 | align="right"| –1.15 | align="right"| 0

| align="right"| ± 0 |-


|- | style="width: 3px;background:#888888;" |  | Independent | align="right"| 20,633 | align="right"| 1.68 | align="right"| +0.21 | align="right"| 0

| align="right"| ± 0 |-


|}

Summary of Assembly results

Popular vote
Liberal
  
47.10%
Labor
  
33.13%
Greens
  
8.40%
National
  
6.05%
Others
  
5.32%
% of the seats won
Liberal
  
52.54%
Labor
  
35.59%
National
  
11.86%

Seats changing parties

Seat Pre-2013 Swing Post-2013
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Alfred Cove   Independent Janet Woollard 0.2* N/A 23.6** Dean Nalder Liberal  
Balcatta   Labor John Kobelke 2.2 7.4 9.6 Chris Hatton Liberal  
Belmont   Labor Eric Ripper 6.7 7.6 0.9 Glenys Godfrey Liberal  
Churchlands   Independent Liz Constable 23.5** N/A 20.2** Sean L'Estrange Liberal  
Forrestfield   Labor Andrew Waddell 0.2 2.3 2.1 Nathan Morton Liberal  
Fremantle   Independent Adele Carles 4.0** N/A 7.9* Simone McGurk Labor  
Joondalup   Labor Tony O'Gorman 3.3 7.8 4.5 Jan Norberger Liberal  
Kalgoorlie   Independent John Bowler 3.6*** N/A 6.3* Wendy Duncan National  
Morley   Labor notional 0.8 5.5 4.7 Ian Britza Liberal  
Perth   Labor John Hyde 7.7 10.3 2.6 Eleni Evangel Liberal  
Pilbara   Labor Tom Stephens 7.2 18.7 11.5 Brendon Grylls National  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.
  • * figure is vs. Liberal
  • ** figure is vs. Labor
  • *** figure is vs. National

Background

At previous elections, the government was able to decide the date of the election, but on 3 November 2011, the government introduced fixed four-year terms.[2][3]

Key dates

  • Issue of writ: 6 February[4]
  • Nominations open: 7 February
  • Close of party nominations: 12 noon, 14 February
  • Close of rolls: 6 pm, 14 February
  • Close of independent nominations: 12 noon, 15 February
  • Postal voting commences: ?
  • Pre-poll voting commences: 20 February
  • Polling day: 9 March
  • Return of writ: On or before 6 May

Seats held

Lower house

At the 2008 election, Labor won 28 seats, the Liberals won 24 seats, the Nationals won four seats, with three seats won by independents. Three changes have occurred since; the Greens won the seat of Fremantle off Labor at the 2009 by-election, Vince Catania in the seat of North West defected from Labor to the Nationals in July 2009,[5] and Fremantle MP Adele Carles resigned from the Greens in 2010, leaving Labor with 26 seats, the Liberals with 24 seats, the Nationals with five seats, while independents hold four seats.

Boundary changes too effect at this election. The only changes to the notional 2008 results were that the seat of Morley shifted from Liberal to Labor[6] and the seat of North West (renamed North West Central) shifted from Labor to National.[7]

Upper house

At the 2008 election, the Liberals won 16 seats, Labor won 11 seats, the Nationals won five seats, and the Greens won four seats.

Retiring MPs

Labor

Liberal

National

Independent

2008 pendulum

The following Mackerras Pendulum works by lining up all of the seats according to the percentage point margin post-election on a two-candidate-preferred basis.


1.^ Elected as Labor member, defected to the Nationals in July 2009, margin is ALP v NAT.
2.^ Elected as Green member, resigned from The Greens in May 2010.

Polling

Newspoll polling is conducted via random telephone number selection in city and country areas. Sampling sizes consist of around 1,100 electors. The declared margin of error is ±3 percent.



Newspaper endorsements

Newspaper Endorsement
The Australian

[18]

The Australian Financial Review Behind paywall[19]
The West Australian

See also

References

  1. ^ "2013 State General Election Results".  
  2. ^ "New laws fix state election dates". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "Election Timeline". Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Catania quits Labor to join Nationals: ABC News 20 July 2009". Abc.net.au. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Morley - 2013 Western Australian Election". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "North West Central - 2013 Western Australian Election". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Woodhams retiring from politics". Au.news.yahoo.com. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Mills, Vanessa (15 November 2012). "Carol Martin farewells parliamentary life". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Whitely bids for Senate in challenge to Bullock". Abc.net.au. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "'"Labor man slams Senate as 'unionists' retirement home. The Australian. 30 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Labor puts pressure on older MPs to retire". Abc.net.au. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "MP Jon Ford to retire at next election". Abc.net.au. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Port Hedland Mayor to take on Grylls". Yahoo. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Courtney Trenwith (1 February 2012). "Father Of WA Politics Norman Moore To Retire". Watoday.com.au. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kalgoorlie MP Bowler retires from politics". Au.news.yahoo.com. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Retiring MP Constable not bitter about dumping". Abc.net.au. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Tyldesley, Hazel (8 March 2013). "Tackling Canberra works for Barnett in the west". The Australian. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Tyldesley, Hazel. "The challenge for Liberal governments".  

External links

  • 2013 Western Australian Election Preview: Antony Green ABC
  • Western Australian Electoral Commission
  • Antony Green's Election Blog - Western Australia Elections and Politics
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