2001 Western Australian state election

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2001 Western Australian state election
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  1996 10 February 2001 (2001-02-10) 2005  

All 57 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and all 36 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Council
29 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
  Geoffrey Gallop Midland (cropped).jpg Richard Court - Ambassador to Japan.jpg
Leader Geoff Gallop Richard Court
Party Labor Liberal/National coalition
Leader since8 October 1996 (1996-10-08)12 May 1992 (1992-05-12)
Leader's seat Victoria Park Nedlands
Last election19 seats35 seats
Seats won32 seats21 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg13Decrease2.svg14
Popular vote538,759479,209
Percentage52.92%47.08%
SwingIncrease2.svg8.09Decrease2.svg8.09

Premier before election

Richard Court
Liberal/National coalition

Elected Premier

Geoff Gallop
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 10 February 2001 to elect all 57 members to the Legislative Assembly and all 34 members to the Legislative Council. The two-term LiberalNational coalition government, led by Premier Richard Court, was defeated by the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader Dr Geoff Gallop.

Contents

The election produced the biggest change of seats at any election since 1911, with Labor winning 14 seats from the Coalition as well as an Independent-held seat, while losing the seat of Kalgoorlie for the first time since 1923 to Liberal candidate Matt Birney. Meanwhile, a minister in the outgoing Government, Doug Shave, lost his seat of Alfred Cove to Independent candidate Dr Janet Woollard, who was also a member of the Liberals for Forests party.

This was the first election in Western Australian history where the Australian Greens Party overtook the National Party in its share of the state vote.

Results

Legislative Assembly

Western Australian state election, 10 February 2001 [1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19962005 >>

Enrolled voters1,187,629
Votes cast1,075,556 Turnout 90.56%+0.57%
Informal votes48,836Informal4.54%+0.15%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes %SwingSeatsChange
  Labor 382,30837.24%+1.42%32+13
  Liberal 319,92731.16%–8.61%16–13
  One Nation 98,3219.58%+9.58%0± 0
  Greens 74,6417.27%+2.54%0± 0
  National 33,4503.26%–2.53%5– 1
  Democrats 27,1022.64%–2.44%0± 0
  Christian Democrats 9,8930.96%+0.78%0± 0
 Other parties5,1420.50%–0.38%0± 0
  Independent [1] 75,9367.40%–0.30%4+ 1
Total1,026,720  57 
Two-party-preferred
  Labor 538,75952.92%+8.09%
  Liberal/National 479,20947.08%–8.09%

Notes:

1 At the 1996 election, Labor Party member Larry Graham won the Pilbara seat. He resigned from the party during the term of parliament, and won his seat as an independent in 2001. The retirement of Labor independent Ernie Bridge, whose seat of Kimberley was subsequently won at the election by Labor candidate Carol Martin, and Woollard's defeat of Shave in Alfred Cove kept the numbers of Independents at four.

Legislative Council

Western Australian state election, 10 February 2001
Legislative Council

Enrolled voters1,187,629
Votes cast1,077,186 Turnout 90.70%+0.56%
Informal votes28,434Informal2.64%–0.37%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes %SwingSeatsChange
  Labor 397,84637.94%+6.88%13+ 1
  Liberal 356,12633.96%N/A [1] 12– 2
  National 25,2042.40%N/A [1] 1– 2
  One Nation 103,5719.88%+9.88%3+ 3
  Greens 83,8838.00%+2.45%5+ 2
  Democrats 38,9683.72%–2.86%0– 2
  Christian Democrats 16,1051.54%+0.86%0± 0
 Other parties1,4360.14%–3.71%0± 0
  Independent 25,6132.44%–1.36%0± 0
Total1,048,752  34 

Notes:

1 At the 1996 election, the Liberals and Nationals ran a combined ticket in two regions, ran separately in a third, and the Liberals ran alone in the remaining three. The two parties received a combined vote of 46.45%. As such, the swing against the Coalition in the Legislative Council was 10.09%.

Seats changing hands

SeatPre-2001SwingPost-2001
PartyMemberMarginMarginMemberParty
Albany  Liberal Kevin Prince 11.915.63.7 Peter Watson Labor 
Alfred Cove  Liberal Doug Shave 2.49.87.4 Janet Woollard Independent 
Ballajura  Liberal Rhonda Parker 0.15.15.0 John D'Orazio Labor 
Bunbury  Liberal Ian Osborne 5.36.81.5 Tony Dean Labor 
Collie  National Hilda Turnbull 9.39.40.1 Mick Murray Labor 
Geraldton  Liberal Bob Bloffwitch 7.011.34.3 Shane Hill Labor 
Innaloo  Liberal George Strickland 4.08.54.5 John Quigley Labor 
Joondalup  Liberal Chris Baker 5.56.30.8 Tony O'Gorman Labor 
Kalgoorlie  Labor Megan Anwyl 4.45.51.1 Matt Birney Liberal 
Kimberley  Independent Ernie Bridge 11.522.010.5 Carol Martin Labor 
Mandurah  Liberal Roger Nicholls 3.07.94.9 David Templeman Labor 
Pilbara  Labor Larry Graham 15.734.919.2 Larry Graham Independent 
Riverton  Liberal Graham Kierath 6.79.73.0 Tony McRae Labor 
Roleystone  Liberal Fred Tubby 7.212.14.9 Martin Whitely Labor 
Southern River  Liberal Monica Holmes 1.54.93.4 Paul Andrews Labor 
Swan Hills  Liberal June van de Klashorst 9.711.72.0 Jaye Radisich Labor 
Wanneroo  Liberal Iain MacLean 1.67.55.9 Dianne Guise Labor 
Yokine  Liberal Kim Hames 3.26.63.4 Bob Kucera Labor 

Post-election pendulum

LABOR SEATS (32)
Marginal
Collie Mick Murray ALP0.1%
Joondalup Tony O'Gorman ALP0.8%
Bunbury Tony Dean ALP1.5%
Swan Hills Jaye Radisich ALP2.0%
Riverton Tony McRae ALP3.0%
Southern River Paul Andrews ALP3.4%
Yokine Bob Kucera ALP3.4%
Albany Peter Watson ALP3.7%
Geraldton Shane Hill ALP4.3%
Innaloo John Quigley ALP4.5%
Mandurah David Templeman ALP4.9%
Roleystone Martin Whitely ALP4.9%
Ballajura John D'Orazio ALP5.0%
Wanneroo Dianne Guise ALP5.9%
Fairly safe
Armadale Alannah MacTiernan ALP7.1% v IND
Eyre John Bowler ALP7.9%
Safe
Thornlie Sheila McHale ALP10.4%
Kimberley Carol Martin ALP10.5%
Perth John Hyde ALP11.3%
Midland Michelle Roberts ALP13.5%
Victoria Park Geoff Gallop ALP13.8%
Maylands Judy Edwards ALP14.5%
Belmont Eric Ripper ALP14.7%
Burrup Fred Riebeling ALP15.0%
Rockingham Mark McGowan ALP15.6%
Willagee Alan Carpenter ALP15.7%
Peel Norm Marlborough ALP16.5%
Fremantle Jim McGinty ALP17.2%
Nollamara John Kobelke ALP17.3%
Cockburn Fran Logan ALP18.3%
Girrawheen Margaret Quirk ALP18.4%
Bassendean Clive Brown ALP19.1%
LIBERAL/NATIONAL SEATS (21)
Marginal
Darling Range John Day LIB0.3%
Hillarys Rob Johnson LIB1.0%
Kalgoorlie Matt Birney LIB1.1%
Ningaloo Rod Sweetman LIB2.4%
Kingsley Cheryl Edwardes LIB2.9%
Dawesville Arthur Marshall LIB2.9%
Murray-Wellington John Bradshaw LIB3.0%
Avon Max Trenorden NAT4.8%
Nedlands Richard Court LIB4.9% v IND
Vasse Bernie Masters LIB5.5%
Wagin Terry Waldron NAT5.9% v LIB
Fairly safe
Murdoch Mike Board LIB6.6%
Mitchell Dan Sullivan LIB8.2%
Greenough Jamie Edwards LIB9.4%
Safe
Carine Katie Hodson-Thomas LIB10.0%
Cottesloe Colin Barnett LIB11.3%
Stirling Monty House NAT12.4%
Warren-Blackwood Paul Omodei LIB14.4%
Moore Bill McNee LIB15.1%
Roe Ross Ainsworth NAT21.7%
Merredin Hendy Cowan NAT22.9%
CROSSBENCH SEATS (4)
Alfred Cove Janet Woollard IND7.4% v LIB
South Perth Phillip Pendal IND12.8% v LIB
Churchlands Liz Constable IND19.2% v LIB
Pilbara Larry Graham IND19.2% v ALP

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References

  1. Antony Green (June 2001). "Western Australian State Election 2001" (PDF). Western Australian Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 24 April 2013.