Electoral district of South Perth

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South Perth
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of South Perth (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current1901–1904; 1950–present
MP Geoff Baker
Party Labor
Namesake South Perth
Electors 29,696 (2021)
Area27 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
Demographic South Metropolitan

South Perth is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in Western Australia. The district is located in the suburbs immediately south of the Perth CBD.

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Although occasionally held by an independent, South Perth has typically been a safe Liberal seat. It had never been won by the Labor Party until Geoff Baker won it for the party at the 2021 election.

Geography

South Perth is made up of affluent waterside areas in Perth's inner south. The district is bounded to the north by the Swan River and to the west and south by the Canning River. A series of roads separates the electorate from neighbouring eastern districts. The seat includes the suburbs of Como, Karawara, Manning, Salter Point, Waterford, as well as parts of the suburbs of Kensington and South Perth.

History

South Perth was first created for the 1901 state election, largely replacing the abolished seat of Canning, and won by William Gordon. However, Canning was re-created for the 1904 election and South Perth abolished, with Gordon transferring to Canning.

South Perth was eventually revived for the 1950 state election and has existed continuously as an electorate since then. In 1950, it was won by Liberal candidate George Yates, previously the member for Canning. He was succeeded after one term by Bill Grayden, initially as an independent but soon after as a Liberal. Grayden had previously been the state member for Middle Swan and the federal member for Swan. Grayden was the member for South Perth for 37 years, finally retiring in 1993.

The seat's next MP was Phillip Pendal, first elected as a Liberal but twice re-elected as an independent. Upon Pendal's retirement at the 2005 state election, the seat returned to the Liberal fold when current member John McGrath was elected as its representative. McGrath held the seat until his own retirement at the 2021 election and was succeeded by Geoff Baker. Baker's win was historic as he became the first Labor candidate to win the seat.

Members for South Perth

South Perth (1901–1904)
MemberPartyTerm
  William Gordon Ministerial 1901–1904
South Perth (1950–present)
MemberPartyTerm
  George Yates Liberal Country League 1950–1956
  Bill Grayden Independent Liberal 1956–1959
 Liberal Country League 1959–1968
  Liberal 1968–1993
  Phillip Pendal Liberal 1993–1995
 Independent1995–2005
  John McGrath Liberal 2005–2021
  Geoff Baker Labor 2021–present

Election results

2021 Western Australian state election: South Perth [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labor Geoff Baker 9,05149.6+19.9
Liberal Ryan Chorley6,59236.1−13.9
Greens Mark Brogan1,81610.0−1.8
Liberal Democrats Jack Taylor4722.6+2.6
No Mandatory Vaccination Dwain Hill3101.7+1.7
Total formal votes18,24197.1+0.7
Informal votes5442.9−0.7
Turnout 18,78563.3−22.9
Results are not final. Last updated on 16 March 2021 at 7:00 pm AWST

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