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Nedlands
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State or territory: Western Australia
Dates current: 1930–present
MP: Bill Marmion
Party: Liberal Party of Australia
Namesake: Nedlands
Area: 26.7 km² (10 sq mi)
Demographic: North Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Nedlands is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. Nedlands is named for the inner western Perth suburb of Nedlands which falls within its borders.

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History

Nedlands was created at the 1929 redistribution, at which five new metropolitan electorates were created to replace former Goldfields seats in Parliament.[1] Its first member was elected at the 1930 election, and it has always been a safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors.[2] Its first member, Norbert Keenan, was an Attorney-General, whilst two of its members, Sir Charles Court and his son Richard Court who between them held the seat for 48 consecutive years, have been State Premiers (1974–1982 and 1993–2001 respectively), making them one of only three father-son combinations in Australia to have achieved this (including the Butlers in South Australia and the Cains in Victoria).[3]

Recent history

At the 2001 state election, the Labor Party won government and Court's own margin was cut to 4.93% by Independent candidate Liz Davenport, a prominent fashion designer and member of the Liberals for Forests party.[4] In the days after the election, Court was attempting to organise a succession whereby he would resign, federal Curtin MP Julie Bishop would resign her seat, then succeed him in Nedlands at a state by-election and assume the Liberal leadership in his stead. The aim was to prevent Cottesloe MLA and deputy leader Colin Barnett from assuming the role.[5] However, the plan ended up on the front page of The West Australian, Bishop denied all knowledge, and Court shortly thereafter resigned both the leadership and his seat.[6] At the resulting by-election in 2001, Sue Walker, a DPP lawyer, won the seat for the Liberals against the unrelated Steve Walker, a Greens candidate, who overtook the ALP on preferences.

Walker served in the Shadow Ministry in a variety of roles, most prominently as Shadow Attorney-General. When Matt Birney attempted to remove her from the Ministry in March 2006, he lost his own leadership in a party-room ballot to Paul Omodei, who immediately reinstated her.[7][8] Walker resigned from the Liberal party on 8 February 2008 after Troy Buswell attained the leadership, sitting as an independent thereafter. She contested the 2008 state election, claiming significant local support in doing so.[9][10] However, at the 2008 Western Australian election, Bill Marmion won the seat for the Liberal Party, defeating Walker by 10,266 to 9,280 on the two-candidate-preferred vote.

Geography

Nedlands is bounded by the Swan River to the south and southeast, Thomas Street and Kings Park to the east, Loch Street and Brockway Road to the west, and Cambridge Street to the north. Its boundaries include the suburbs of Crawley, Daglish, Dalkeith, Jolimont, Nedlands, Shenton Park, Subiaco, West Leederville, along with parts of Floreat and Wembley.[11] Major features within the electorate include Subiaco Oval, Karrakatta Cemetery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, University of Western Australia and Parliament House.

The 2007 redistribution, which took effect at the 2008 election, resulted in the seat losing most of Wembley and all of West Leederville while gaining part of Floreat and a non-residential section of Shenton Park north of the railway.[12]

Demographics

Nedlands and the neighbouring electorates of Churchlands to the north and Cottesloe to the west comprise the affluent western suburbs of Perth—the Australian Bureau of Statistics's SEIFA index (2001) ranked them as the highest three electorates by socio-economic status in Western Australia, with high scores on educational and employment opportunity. At the 2006 census, the median individual income in the Nedlands electorate, based on its 2005 boundaries, was $666 per week compared to $513 in the Perth metropolitan area, and the median weekly household income was $1,392 compared to $1,086 across Perth. 58.7% of the population were professionals or managers.[13]

Members for Nedlands

Member Party Term
  Norbert Keenan Nationalist 1930–1947
  Liberal 1947–1950
  David Grayden Independent Liberal 1950–1953
  Charles Court Liberal 1953–1982
  Richard Court Liberal 1982–2001
  Sue Walker Liberal 2001–2008
  Independent 2008
  Bill Marmion Liberal 2008–present

Results

State Election 2005: Nedlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sue Walker 12,912 51.89 +2.71
Labor Chris Hondros 6,876 27.63 +8.56
Greens Tom Wilson 3,944 15.85 +9.16
Christian Democrats Gail Forder 707 2.84 +2.84
Family First Brian Langenberg 446 1.79 +1.79
Total formal votes 24,885 96.45 -1.00
Informal votes 915 3.55 +1.00
Turnout 25,800 90.28 +2.23
Two Candidate Preferred Result
Liberal Sue Walker 14,533 58.43 -0.7
Labor Chris Hondros 10,388 41.57 +0.7
Liberal hold Swing 3.50
State Election 2008: Nedlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bill Marmion 8,889 45.5 -8.3
Independent Sue Walker 4,449 22.8 +22.8
Labor Colin Cochrane 3,098 15.8 -10.2
Greens Lee Hemsley 2,754 14.1 -1.8
Christian Democrats Gail Forder 233 1.2 -1.3
Family First Brian Langenberg 131 0.7 -1.0
Total formal votes 24,885 96.7 +0.2
Informal votes 656 3.3 -0.2
Turnout 20,210 85.51 -3.7
Two Candidate Preferred Result
Liberal Bill Marmion 14,533 52.5 -7.6
Independent Sue Walker 10,388 47.5 +47.5
Liberal gain from Independent Swing N/A

References

  1. ^ Government of Western Australia (1930). "Redistribution of Seats Act (No 1 of 1929)". Statutes of Western Australia, 1929-1930. pp. 1–56.   Given assent on 15 April 1929.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth: Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. pp. 242–246. ISBN 0-7309-8409-5.  
  3. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2005). "Western Australia Election 2005: Nedlands". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). http://www.abc.net.au/elections/wa/2005/guide/nedl.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  4. ^ "2001 State General Election – District of Nedlands Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. 12 March 2001. http://www.waec.wa.gov.au/elections/state_elections/election_results/2001_State_General_Election/District_of_Nedlands/polling_place_results.php. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  5. ^ Peter Kennedy (21 February 2001). "Schism forms after secret leadership deal". Lateline. http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/stories/s249972.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  6. ^ David Weber (23 February 2001). "Court resigns as WA Liberal leader". PM. http://www.abc.net.au/pm/stories/s250966.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  7. ^ "Matt Birney's fight for the leadership". Stateline (ABC). 17 March 2006. http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/wa/content/2006/s1596106.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  8. ^ "New leader Paul Omodei's vision for the Liberal Party". Stateline (ABC). 24 March 2006. http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/wa/content/2006/s1602701.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  9. ^ "Walker announces she's quitting, via local paper". ABC News. 8 February 2008. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/08/2157580.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-08.  
  10. ^ Bret Christian (9 February 2008). "Walker walks". Post Newspapers. http://www.postnewspapers.com.au/20080209/news/001.shtml. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  11. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (29 October 2007). "2007 Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - North Metropolitan - Nedlands". http://www.boundarieswa.com/2007/Final-Boundaries/North-Metropolitan/Nedlands/. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  12. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (4 August 2003). "2003 Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - North Metropolitan - Nedlands". http://www.boundarieswa.com/2003/Boundaries/North-Metropolitan/Nedlands/. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Nedlands (North Metropolitan) (State Electoral Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/ProductSelect?newproducttype=Community+Profiles&collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SED54004&breadcrumb=LP&currentaction=201&action=401. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
    * Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Perth (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/ProductSelect?newproducttype=Community+Profiles&collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=505&breadcrumb=LP&currentaction=201&action=401. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  

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Nedlands
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State or territory: Western Australia
Dates current: 1930–present
MP: Bill Marmion
Party: Liberal
Namesake: Nedlands
Area: 26.7 km² (10 sq mi)
Demographic: North Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Nedlands is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. Nedlands is named for the inner western Perth suburb of Nedlands which falls within its borders.

Contents

History

Nedlands was created at the 1929 redistribution, at which five new metropolitan electorates were created to replace former Goldfields seats in Parliament.[1] Its first member was elected at the 1930 election, and it has always been a safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors.[2] Its first member, Norbert Keenan, was an Attorney-General, whilst two of its members, Sir Charles Court and his son Richard Court who between them held the seat for 48 consecutive years, have been State Premiers (1974–1982 and 1993–2001 respectively), making them one of only three father-son combinations in Australia to have achieved this (including the Butlers in South Australia and the Cains in Victoria).[3]

Recent history

At the 2001 state election, the Labor Party won government and Court's own margin was cut to 4.93% by Independent candidate Liz Davenport, a prominent fashion designer and member of the Liberals for Forests party.[4] In the days after the election, Court was attempting to organise a succession whereby he would resign, federal Curtin MP Julie Bishop would resign her seat, then succeed him in Nedlands at a state by-election and assume the Liberal leadership in his stead. The aim was to prevent Cottesloe MLA and deputy leader Colin Barnett from assuming the role.[5] However, the plan ended up on the front page of The West Australian, Bishop denied all knowledge, and Court shortly thereafter resigned both the leadership and his seat.[6] At the resulting by-election in 2001, Sue Walker, a DPP lawyer, won the seat for the Liberals against the unrelated Steve Walker, a Greens candidate, who overtook the ALP on preferences.

Walker served in the Shadow Ministry in a variety of roles, most prominently as Shadow Attorney-General. When Matt Birney attempted to remove her from the Ministry in March 2006, he lost his own leadership in a party-room ballot to Paul Omodei, who immediately reinstated her.[7][8] Walker resigned from the Liberal party on 8 February 2008 after Troy Buswell attained the leadership, sitting as an independent thereafter. She contested the 2008 state election, claiming significant local support in doing so.[9][10] However, at the 2008 Western Australian election, Bill Marmion won the seat for the Liberal Party, defeating Walker by 10,266 to 9,280 on the two-candidate-preferred vote.

Geography

Nedlands is bounded by the Swan River to the south and southeast, Thomas Street and Kings Park to the east, Loch Street and Brockway Road to the west, and Cambridge Street to the north. Its boundaries include the suburbs of Crawley, Daglish, Dalkeith, Jolimont, Nedlands, Shenton Park, Subiaco, West Leederville, along with parts of Floreat and Wembley.[11] Major features within the electorate include Subiaco Oval, Karrakatta Cemetery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, University of Western Australia and Parliament House.

The 2007 redistribution, which took effect at the 2008 election, resulted in the seat losing most of Wembley and all of West Leederville while gaining part of Floreat and a non-residential section of Shenton Park north of the railway.[12]

Demographics

Nedlands and the neighbouring electorates of Churchlands to the north and Cottesloe to the west comprise the affluent western suburbs of Perth—the Australian Bureau of Statistics's SEIFA index (2001) ranked them as the highest three electorates by socio-economic status in Western Australia, with high scores on educational and employment opportunity. At the 2006 census, the median individual income in the Nedlands electorate, based on its 2005 boundaries, was $666 per week compared to $513 in the Perth metropolitan area, and the median weekly household income was $1,392 compared to $1,086 across Perth. 58.7% of the population were professionals or managers.[13]

Members for Nedlands

MemberPartyTerm
  Norbert Keenan Nationalist 1930–1947
  Liberal 1947–1950
  David Grayden Independent Liberal 1950–1953
  Charles Court Liberal 1953–1982
  Richard Court Liberal 1982–2001
  Sue Walker Liberal 2001–2008
  Independent 2008
  Bill Marmion Liberal 2008–present

Results

Western Australian state election, 2008: Nedlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bill Marmion 8,889 45.5 -8.3
Independent Sue Walker 4,449 22.8 +22.8
Labor Colin Cochrane 3,098 15.8 -10.2
Greens Lee Hemsley 2,754 14.1 -1.8
Christian Democrats Gail Forder 233 1.2 -1.3
Family First Brian Langenberg 131 0.7 -1.0
Total formal votes 24,885 96.7 +0.2
Informal votes 656 3.3 -0.2
Turnout 20,210 85.51 -3.7
Two-candidate preferred result
Liberal Bill Marmion 14,533 52.5 -7.6
Independent Sue Walker 10,388 47.5 +47.5
Liberal gain from Independent Swing N/A

References

  1. ^ Government of Western Australia (1930). "Redistribution of Seats Act (No 1 of 1929)". Statutes of Western Australia, 1929-1930. pp. 1–56.  Given assent on 15 April 1929.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth: Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. pp. 242–246. ISBN 0-7309-8409-5. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2005). "Western Australia Election 2005: Nedlands". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). http://www.abc.net.au/elections/wa/2005/guide/nedl.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  4. ^ "2001 State General Election – District of Nedlands Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. 12 March 2001. http://www.waec.wa.gov.au/elections/state_elections/election_results/2001_State_General_Election/District_of_Nedlands/polling_place_results.php. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ Peter Kennedy (21 February 2001). "Schism forms after secret leadership deal". Lateline. http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/stories/s249972.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ David Weber (23 February 2001). "Court resigns as WA Liberal leader". PM. http://www.abc.net.au/pm/stories/s250966.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Matt Birney's fight for the leadership". Stateline (ABC). 17 March 2006. http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/wa/content/2006/s1596106.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  8. ^ "New leader Paul Omodei's vision for the Liberal Party". Stateline (ABC). 24 March 2006. http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/wa/content/2006/s1602701.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Walker announces she's quitting, via local paper". ABC News. 8 February 2008. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/08/2157580.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  10. ^ Bret Christian (9 February 2008). "Walker walks". Post Newspapers. http://www.postnewspapers.com.au/20080209/news/001.shtml. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  11. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (29 October 2007). "2007 Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - North Metropolitan - Nedlands". http://www.boundarieswa.com/2007/Final-Boundaries/North-Metropolitan/Nedlands/. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  12. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (4 August 2003). "2003 Electoral Distribution - Final Boundaries - North Metropolitan - Nedlands". http://www.boundarieswa.com/2003/Boundaries/North-Metropolitan/Nedlands/. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Nedlands (North Metropolitan) (State Electoral Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/ProductSelect?newproducttype=Community+Profiles&collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SED54004&breadcrumb=LP&currentaction=201&action=401. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
    * Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Perth (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/ProductSelect?newproducttype=Community+Profiles&collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=505&breadcrumb=LP&currentaction=201&action=401. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 

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