Electoral district of Albany

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State or territory: Western Australia
Dates current: 1890–present
MP: Peter Watson
Party: Labor
Namesake: Albany
Area: 4,312 km² (1,665 sq mi)
Demographic: Agricultural

The Electoral district of Albany is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. Albany is named for the port and regional city of Western Australia which falls within its borders. It is one of the oldest electorates in Western Australia, with its first member having been elected in the inaugural 1890 elections of the Legislative Assembly. It is regarded as a swinging seat, and has been held by the Australian Labor Party since the 2001 election, at which the present Member, Peter Watson, was first elected.



As at the 2007 redistribution, the electoral district of Albany has the same boundaries as the City of Albany, including Albany and its suburbs, the nearby towns of Elleker, Kalgan, Lower King, Torbay.[1] This represents a significant expansion of its boundaries, in part due to the "one-vote one-value" electoral legislation which largely abolished malapportionment between country and metropolitan electorates in the Legislative Assembly. Prior to 2007, the electorate was largely limited to Albany and its suburbs–the additional sections were within the now abolished electorate of Stirling.[2]

Members for Albany

Member Party Term
  Lancel de Hamel Oppositionist 1890–1894
  George Leake Oppositionist 1894–1900
  John Hassell Oppositionist 1900–1901
  James Gardiner Oppositionist 1901–1904
  Charles Keyser Labor 1904–1905
  Edward Barnett Ministerialist 1905–1909
  William Price Labor 1909–1917
  Herbert Robinson Nationalist 1917–1919
  John Scaddan Nationalist 1919–1920
  Country 1920–1923
Country (MCP) 1923–1924
  Arthur Wansbrough Labor 1924–1936
  Leonard Hill Country 1936–1956
  Jack Hall Labor 1956–1970
  Wyndham Cook Labor 1970–1974
  Leon Watt Liberal 1974–1993
  Kevin Prince Liberal 1993–2001
  Peter Watson Labor 2001–present

Election results

Western Australian state election, 2008: Albany
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Peter Watson 7,709 39.14 +2.5
Liberal Andrew Partington 6,486 32.93 -2.7
WA Nationals Sam Harma 2,628 13.34 +5.2
Greens WA Diane Evers 1,492 7.58 +1.7
Christian Democrats Justin Moseley 950 4.82 +0.8
Family First Colin Pyle 431 2.19 -0.7
Total formal votes 19,696 97.09 +1.30
Informal votes 590 2.91 -1.30
Turnout 20,286 90.13
Two-candidate preferred result[1]
Labor Peter Watson 9,884 50.23 +2.5
Liberal Andrew Partington 9,795 49.77 –2.5
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +2.5
1 The 2007 redistribution saw the seat change from a Labor seat, with a 1.4% margin, to a notional Liberal seat with a margin of 2.3%. Therefore, the swings presented are based on the ABC's calculation of redistributed results, rather than the actual results at the 2005 election.


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