Electoral district of Swan Hills

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Swan Hills
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Swan Hills (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
State Western Australia
Dates current1989–present
MP Jessica Shaw
Party Labor
Namesake Swan Valley; Perth Hills
Electors 30,263 (2021)
Area1,334 km2 (515.1 sq mi)
Demographic East Metropolitan

Swan Hills is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia.

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The district is located in the outer north-east of Perth.

Swan Hills is a marginal seat. It has been held by the government of the day on every occasion since its creation in 1989.

Geography

Based in the north-east corner of Perth's Metropolitan Region Scheme, Swan Hills covers large parts of the Swan Valley and Darling Scarp. The district takes in the communities of Aveley, Bailup, Belhus, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Chidlow Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, Melaleuca, Mount Helena, Sawyers Valley, The Vines, Upper Swan and Wooroloo. [1]

History

First contested at the 1989 state election, Swan Hills was created to replace the abolished seat of Mundaring. It was won on that occasion by Labor MP Gavan Troy, who had been the member for Mundaring since 1983. Troy retired at the 1993 state election, and the seat was picked up by the Liberal candidate June van de Klashorst when her party won government at the same election.

Two terms later, at the 2001 state election the seat again changed hands with a change of government. The new Labor MP was 24-year-old Jaye Radisich. Radisich retired at the 2008 state election, having failed to win Labor endorsement to contest a safer seat. The seat was then gained by Liberal candidate Frank Alban, continuing the pattern of seat going with the party that wins government.

Radisich died of cancer in 2012, and Labor recruited her brother, Ian Radisich, to challenge Alban at the 2013 state election. However, Alban easily won re-election as the Liberal-National government retained office with an increased majority. Alban was defeated by Jessica Shaw in the 2017 election by a large margin.

Members for Swan Hills

MemberPartyTerm
  Gavan Troy Labor 1989–1993
  June van de Klashorst Liberal 1993–2001
  Jaye Radisich Labor 2001–2008
  Frank Alban Liberal 2008–2017
  Jessica Shaw Labor 2017–present

Election results

2021 Western Australian state election: Swan Hills [2]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labor Jessica Shaw 8,83570.4+21.0
Liberal Rod Henderson2,27618.1−10.0
Greens Melanye Wawrik6255.0−2.5
No Mandatory Vaccination Timothy Bunton3873.1+3.1
Christians Magdeleen Strauss3082.5+2.2
WAxit Asif Ali1241.0−0.7
Total formal votes12,55594.8−0.9
Informal votes6875.2+0.9
Turnout 13,24243.8−34.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jessica Shaw 8,00876.6+14.4
Liberal Rod Henderson2,45323.4−14.4
Labor hold Swing +14.4
Results are not final.

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