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Electoral district of South Perth

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State  Western Australia
Electors  28,477 (2017)
Member of parliament  John McGrath
MP  John McGrath
Area  28 km²
Namesake  South Perth
Electoral district of South Perth httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Dates current  1901–1904; 1950–present
Demographic  Electoral region of South Metropolitan
Party  Liberal Party of Australia

South Perth is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia. The district is located in the suburbs immediately south of the Perth CBD.


Although occasionally held by an independent, South Perth has typically been a safe Liberal seat. It has never been won by the Labor Party.


South Perth is made up of affluent waterside areas in Perth's inner south. The district is bounded to the north by the Swan River and to the west and south by the Canning River. A series of roads separates the electorate from neighbouring eastern districts. The seat includes the suburbs of Como, Karawara, Manning, Salter Point, Waterford, as well as parts of the suburbs of Kensington and South Perth.


South Perth was first created for the 1901 state election, largely replacing the abolished seat of Canning, and won by William Gordon. However, Canning was re-created for the 1904 election and South Perth abolished, with Gordon transferring to Canning.

South Perth was eventually revived for the 1950 state election and has existed continuously as an electorate since then. In 1950, it was won by Liberal candidate George Yates, previously the member for Canning. He was succeeded after one term by Bill Grayden, initially as an independent but soon after as a Liberal. Grayden had previously been the state member for Middle Swan and the federal member for Swan. Grayden was the member for South Perth for 37 years, finally retiring in 1993.

The seat's next MP was Phillip Pendal, first elected as a Liberal but twice re-elected as an independent. Upon Pendal's retirement at the 2005 state election, the seat returned to the Liberal fold when current member John McGrath was elected as its representative.


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