2009 Willagee state by-election

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The 2009 Willagee state by-election was held for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Willagee on 28 November 2009. [1] It was triggered as a result of the resignation of former Premier of Western Australia Alan Carpenter. The election was won by Labor candidate Peter Tinley. [2]

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Candidates

Four candidates stood at the by-election. They were as follows in ballot paper order: [3]

Christian Democratic Party – Henri Chew. Chew stood previously as the Christian Democrats candidate for the district of Carine at the 2008 state election.

Labor Party Peter Tinley. Tinley is a former SAS major who stood unsuccessfully as the endorsed Labor candidate for the marginal seat of Stirling at the 2007 federal election. [4]

Greens – Hsien Harper. Harper is a union organiser who stood twice previously as a Greens candidate: most recently for the seat of Maylands at the 2008 state election and before that at the 2008 Murdoch by-election. [5]

IndependentGerry Georgatos. Georgatos was originally preselected as the Greens candidate in anticipation of a potential by-election in Willagee earlier in the year. However, when the by-election materialised, preselection was re-opened and Georgatos lost to Harper. He subsequently ran as an independent. [6]

The Liberal Party did not field a candidate. [7]

Results

The Liberal Party, who received 30.93 percent of the vote at the previous election in Willagee, did not contest the election. All candidates received a lift in their respective primary vote.

Willagee state by-election, 2009 [8] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labor Peter Tinley 9,16053.80+2.15
Greens Hsien Harper5,16230.32+12.90
Independent Gerry Georgatos 1,5298.98+8.98
Christian Democrats Henri Chew1,1756.90+6.90
Total formal votes17,02695.48+1.87
Informal votes8634.82−1.87
Turnout 17,88977.50−8.62
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Peter Tinley 10,31660.61−3.97
Greens Hsien Harper6,66439.39+39.39
Labor hold Swing N/A

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References

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  2. http://www.abc.net.au/elections/wa/2009/byelections/willagee_result.htm
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