Electoral district of Darling Range

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Darling Range
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Darling Range (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current1950–1974; 1977–present
MP Hugh Jones
Party Labor
Namesake Darling Range
Electors 31,150 (2021)
Area1,395 km2 (538.6 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan
Coordinates 32°13′S116°02′E / 32.22°S 116.03°E / -32.22; 116.03 Coordinates: 32°13′S116°02′E / 32.22°S 116.03°E / -32.22; 116.03

Darling Range is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

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The district is based to the east and south-east of Perth.

Geography

Darling Range is situated in the outer east and south-east of Perth. It is a mixture of suburbia and hinterland, falling inside the Metropolitan Region Scheme and running along most of its southern and eastern boundary. The district covers all of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale as well as the less urbanised parts of the city of Armadale.

History

Darling Range was first created for the 1950 state election. The seat's first member was Country MP Ray Owen, who was previously the member for Swan. The district was abolished ahead of the 1974 state election. By this time its member was Liberal MP Ian Thompson, who went on to represent the new district of Kalamunda. Darling Range was recreated just one term later for the 1977 state election.

The seat was radically redistributed ahead of the 2008 state election, with just 15% of the voters in the redrawn district coming from its former configuration. Half of the district's voters—and indeed the vast majority of its territory—previously belonged to the abolished district of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, with the remainder coming from Armadale and Swan Hills. Thus, sitting Serpentine-Jarrahdale member, Liberal MP Tony Simpson became the new member for Darling Range at the 2008 election, whilst the former member for Darling Range, Liberal MP John Day, successfully contested the new seat of Kalamunda.

Simpson served as the MP for Darling Range until his defeat by Barry Urban at the 2017 state election. This result marked the first time that the Labor Party had ever won the seat. In May 2018, Urban resigned from parliament as the privileges committee recommended his expulsion over a series of false claims of his credentials. [1] At the subsequent by-election former East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden recovered the seat for the Liberals. [2] Hayden was defeated by Labor candidate Hugh Jones at the 2021 election, marking the second time Labor had won the seat.

Members for Darling Range

Darling Range (1950–1974)
MemberTermParty
  Ray Owen Country 1950–1962
  Ken Dunn Liberal Country League 1962–1968
  Liberal 1968–1971
  Ian Thompson Liberal 1971–1974
Darling Range (1977–present)
MemberTermParty
  George Spriggs Liberal 1977–1987
  Bob Greig Liberal 1987–1989
 Ian ThompsonLiberal 1989–1990
  Independent 1990–1993
  John Day Liberal 1993–2008
  Tony Simpson Liberal 2008–2017
  Barry Urban Labor 2017
 Independent2017–2018
  Alyssa Hayden Liberal 2018–2021
  Hugh Jones Labor 2021–present

Election results

2021 Western Australian state election: Darling Range [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labor Hugh Jones 14,85456.0+14.2
Liberal Alyssa Hayden 7,49428.3−1.7
Greens Matthew Lacey1,2544.7−2.9
Christians Eric Eikelboom1,2304.60.0
One Nation Anthony Fenech5242.0−6.8
No Mandatory Vaccination Judith Congrene4061.5+1.5
Liberal Democrats Matthew Thompson3351.3+1.3
Western Australia Brett Clarke1870.7+0.7
Independent Dean Strautins1570.6+0.6
WAxit Alan Svilicic650.2−1.0
Total formal votes26,50696.4+1.3
Informal votes9813.6−1.3
Turnout 27,48788.2+1.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Hugh Jones 16,82263.5+7.5
Liberal Alyssa Hayden 9,66836.5−7.5
Labor hold Swing +7.5

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References

  1. Hondros, Nathan (8 May 2018). "Barry Urban quits WA parliament after committee moves for expulsion". WAtoday. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. Green, Antony. "Commentary, 2018 Darling Range by-election". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. 2021 State General Election – Darling Range District Results, WAEC