Adele Carles

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Adele Carles
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Fremantle
In office
16 May 2009 9 March 2013
Preceded by Jim McGinty
Succeeded by Simone McGurk
Personal details
Adele Simone Carles

(1968-02-19) 19 February 1968 (age 51)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Political party Greens Western Australia (until 2010)
Spouse(s)Francois Carles
Domestic partner Troy Buswell (2010-2012) [1]

Adele Simone Carles (born 19 February 1968) is a former Australian politician. She was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 2009 to 2013, representing the electorate of Fremantle. She was initially elected as a Greens WA member at the 2009 Fremantle state by-election, becoming the first Greens candidate to be elected to an Australian state lower house of parliament in a single-member seat. However, she resigned from the Greens on 6 May 2010 to sit as an independent. In November 2010, Carles agreed to guarantee confidence and supply votes for the incumbent Colin Barnett Liberal minority government. [2] [3] She ran for re-election as an independent at the 2013 state election, but was defeated, finishing fourth behind the Labor, Liberal and Greens candidates with 5.49% of the vote.


2008 state election

Carles, a solicitor before entering politics, was defeated in the 2008 state election. She polled 27.6% of the vote against Labor Attorney-General Jim McGinty (38.7%), marginally less than Liberal candidate Brian Christie (30.2%). [4]

2009 Fremantle by-election

In 2009, Carles was preselected by Greens WA to run again at the 2009 Fremantle state by-election following the retirement of McGinty. With the Liberals not contesting the election, Carles was rated a chance of becoming the first Greens candidate to be elected to an Australian state lower house of parliament in a single-member seat. [5]

Carles won the seat with 44.06% of the primary vote, ahead of Labor candidate and former Fremantle Mayor, Peter Tagliaferri, as well as receiving enough preferences from other candidates to gain an absolute majority of ballots cast. [6] This was the highest primary vote result for the Greens in a state or federal election in Australia, and the first time the Greens had outpolled all other parties on their primary vote. Their previous record vote was 38.96% in the 2005 Marrickville by-election in New South Wales (also not contested by the Liberals).

Buswell affair

In April 2010, Carles publicly acknowledged that Liberal Treasurer Troy Buswell and herself had been engaged in a "mutual, albeit stupid" affair that lasted several months. [7] Carles had previously denied the affair despite persistent rumours, claiming to be a victim of a Labor smear campaign. [8]

On 6 May 2010, she resigned from the Greens to sit as an independent. [9]

In December 2012, Troy Buswell launched a $3 million defamation case against Carles in relation to allegations and counter-claims both made about Buswell's alleged lewd and drunken behaviour at the home of property developer Nigel Satterley in December 2011. [10] [11]

At the 9 March 2013 state election Carles was defeated by Labor's Simone McGurk. [12]

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Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jim McGinty
Member for Fremantle
Succeeded by
Simone McGurk