Division of Pearce

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of PEARCE 2016.png
Division of Pearce (green) in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1989
MP Christian Porter
Party Liberal
Namesake George Pearce
Electors 104,392 (2016)
Area 13,250 km2 (5,115.9 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Pearce is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. A hybrid urban-rural seat located to the east and north of Perth, it takes in the far northern suburbs of the metropolitan area before fanning inland from the Indian Ocean to take in portions of the Wheatbelt southeast, east and northeast of the capital.

It includes the Perth suburbs of Mindarie, Ellenbrook and Middle Swan and the 'Avon Arc' Wheatbelt towns of Gingin, Northam, York, Toodyay, Chittering and Beverley.

The division was named after Rt Hon Sir George Pearce, a founder of the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, and the longest-serving member of the Australian Senate. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 31 March 1989, and was first contested at the 1990 federal election. It has been held by the Liberal Party of Australia for its entire existence. For most of its first quarter-century, it was usually a reasonably safe Liberal seat.

On 12 June 2012, Western Australian state cabinet minister Christian Porter announced he would contest the federal seat of Pearce during the 2013 federal election due to the retirement of Judi Moylan. Porter retained the seat for the Liberal Party. In his bid for re-election in 2016, however, Porter suffered a five-point swing, making Pearce a marginal seat for the first time.


Member Party Term
  Fred Chaney Liberal 1990–1993
  Judi Moylan Liberal 1993–2013
  Christian Porter Liberal 2013–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Pearce[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Christian Porter 39,551 45.44 −1.65
Labor Thomas French 29,809 34.25 +8.08
Greens Lee-Anne Miles 9,543 10.96 +1.13
National Maddison Simmonds 4,080 4.69 +0.14
Rise Up Australia Taffy Samuriwo-Vuntarde 4,049 4.65 +3.72
Total formal votes 87,032 95.45 +1.18
Informal votes 4,150 4.55 −1.18
Turnout 91,182 87.35 +5.90
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Christian Porter 46,672 53.63 −5.68
Labor Thomas French 40,360 46.37 +5.68
Liberal hold Swing −5.68


  1. ^ Pearce, WA, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

  • Division of Pearce - Australian Electoral Commission

Coordinates: 31°39′18″S 116°17′56″E / 31.655°S 116.299°E / -31.655; 116.299

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