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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Perth (green) in Western Australia
Created 1901
MP Alannah MacTiernan
Party Labor
Namesake Perth
Electors 95,226 (2013)
Area 78 km2 (30.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Perth is an Australian electoral division in Western Australia. It was one of the first 75 divisions set up for the first Australian election in 1901. It is named after Perth, the capital city of Western Australia.

It includes the suburbs of Ashfield, Bassendean, Bayswater, Bedford, Beechboro, East Perth, Eden Hill, Embleton, Highgate, Inglewood, Kiara, Lockridge, Maylands, Morley, Mount Lawley, Noranda, Northbridge, and parts of Coolbinia, Dianella, Menora, North Perth, Perth City, West Perth and Yokine.


Member Party Term
  James Fowler Labor 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  Edward Mann Nationalist 1922–1929
  Independent Nationalist 1929–1929
  Walter Nairn Nationalist 1929–1931
  United Australia 1931–1943
  Tom Burke Labor 1943–1955
  Fred Chaney Liberal 1955–1969
  Joe Berinson Labor 1969–1975
  Ross McLean Liberal 1975–1983
  Ric Charlesworth Labor 1983–1993
  Stephen Smith Labor 1993–2013
  Alannah MacTiernan Labor 2013–present

Walter Nairn was Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives from 1940 to 1943. Tom Burke's son, Brian Burke, became Premier of Western Australia. Fred Chaney Snr. was Minister for the Navy in the Menzies and Holt governments. He was later appointed as Administrator of the Northern Territory. One of his sons, also named Fred Chaney, became a Member of Parliament. Joe Berinson served as Minister of the Environment in the Whitlam government. Ric Charlesworth was a hockey player, who played for Australia at five Olympic Games. Steven Smith served in the Rudd and Gillard governments as a minister, includuing Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Defence.

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