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Parliament of Western Australia, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly Western Australia 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 26 February 2005

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election) Geoffrey Ian Gallop
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Geoffrey Ian Gallop
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
Assembly support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 1,259,262 
Number of Assembly seats 57 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats  
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 1,259,262 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,131,265 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 89.84% 
Total valid votes 1,071,953 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 5.24%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Adult franchise at 18 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences; compulsory voting 


Western Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 26 February 2005
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party 448,956  41.88  +4.65     32  56.14 
Liberal Party 382,014  35.64  +4.48     18  31.58 
Greens WA 81,113  7.57  +0.30        
Independents 44,599  4.16  -1.41     3.51 
National Party 39,548  3.69  +0.43     8.77 
Christian Democratic Party 31,445  2.93  +1.97        
Family First 21,701  2.02  *        
One Nation 17,580  1.64  *        
Community 1st 2,859  0.27  *        
New Country Party 1,225  0.11  *        
Citizens Electoral Council 913  0.09  *        
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 1,071,953  100.00    57  100.00 

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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.


Premier in office at election: The Gallop Australian Labor Party majority government was returned at this election (2005) with its vote share increased by 4.7 percent but its majority in the Legislative Assembly unchanged.

Independents: The vote shown for independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (39) and two candidates who ran for office without any registered party name, a total of 41 such candidates.

Two of the Independent candidates were elected; Elizabeth Constable (Churchlands) and Janet Woollard (Alfred Cove) were re-elected. Constable sat as an Independent Liberal in the Assembly. In spite of being being elected under the banner of the unregistered Liberals for Forests party in 2001, and this party label being registered as a political party in 2005, Woollard ran as an Independent at this election (2005); see Green, p. 3 in 'Sources', below.

Christian Democratic Party: This party, associated with the Reverend Fred Nile from New South Wales, was committed to Christian principles and pro-family and pro-life policies; the party fielded candidates in all 57 electoral districts at this election.

Family First: The party grouping was committed to family values and endorsed 34 candidates at this election; it had contested seats at other state and federal elections since 2002.

One Nation and Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party: Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party which endorsed candidates and won 9.58 percent of the vote at the previous (2001) WA Assembly election, was reorganized and changed its name to One Nation for the 2005 election. The new party fielded 45 candidates at this election.

Community 1st: This party grouping endorsed one candidate at this election.

New Country Party: This party endorsed 5 candidates at this election.

Citizens Electoral Council: This party grouping endorsed 9 candidates at this election.

References: For a survey of this election, see Peter van Onselen, ' The Western Australian Election of 26 February 2005: A Canal Too Far for the Coalition ', Australian Journal of Political Science, 40(30) September 2005: 453-459, and Harry C J Phillips and Liz Kerr, 'Western Australia', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, 51 (4) December 2005: 600-606 at 600-601.


Antony Green, Western Australian State Election 2005, Western Australian Parliamentary Library, Election Paper Series 2/2005 (Perth, Western Australian Parliamentary Library, 2006, ISBN 1920886664); also online at: [accessed 8 August 2010]

Note also David Black. An Index to Parliamentary Candidates in Western Australian Elections State and Federal 1890-2006, 2nd edition, (Perth: Parliament of Western Australia, 2006, ISBN 1920830774).