2004 Profile of the division of Perth

Updated: 29 September 2011


Western Australia

Name Derivation:

Named after the city of Perth which was founded in 1829 under Lieutenant-Governor James Stirling.

Area and Location Description:

Perth covers an area of approximately 74 sq km bordered by the Swan River to the south and east, the Mitchell Freeway and Charles Street to the west and the suburbs of Morley and Beechboro to the north. Suburbs include the districts of Ashfield, Bassendean, Bayswater, Bedford, Beechboro, Coolbinia, Dianella, East Perth, Eden Hill, Embleton, Highgate, Inglewood, Kiara, Lockridge, Maylands, Menora, Morley, Mt Lawley, Northbridge, North Perth, Perth City, and parts of West Perth and Yokine.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Perth City is Western Australia's centre of Government and contains the State's commercial and professional district. Government House, parks and gardens combined with the city shopping complex are a feature of the division. Perth is the western gateway into Australia and has a thriving tourist industry.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:

Inner Metropolitan


  • SMITH, S (ALP) 1993–
  • CHARLESWORTH, R (ALP) 1983–1993
  • MCLEAN, R M (LP) 1975–1983
  • BERINSON, J M (ALP) 1969–1975
  • CHANEY, F C (LP) 1955–1969
  • BURKE, T P (ALP) 1943–1955
  • NAIRN, W M (NAT/UAP) 1929–1943
  • MANN, E A (NAT) 1922–1929
  • FOWLER, J (ALP/LIB/NAT) 1901–1922

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 84 178
  • Informal Vote: 5.98%
  • Turnout: 92.93%
  • Seat Status: Fairly Safe Labor
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 43.27% | ALP: 56.73%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.