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Parliament of Western Australia, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 10 February 2001

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Western Australia
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
10 February 2001

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)
Premier's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Government in office after election

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
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
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
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, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 10 February 2001
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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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  382,308  37.24  +1.42  32  56.14 
Liberal Party   319,927  31.16  -8.61  16  28.07 
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party  98,321  9.58     
Greens WA  74,641  7.27  +2.54     
Independents  57,146  5.57  -2.36  5.26 
National Party   33,450  3.26  -2.53  8.77 
Australian Democrats  27,102  2.64  -2.44     
Liberals for Forests  16,790  1.64  1.75 
Christian Democratic Party  9,893  0.96     
Curtin Labor Alliance  4,120  0.40     
Seniors Party  3,022  0.29     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 1,026,720  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 after election: The Richard Court Liberal Party and National Party coalition government was defeated at this general election for the Legislative Assembly in February 2001; Premier Richard Court resigned on 16 February 2001, and Gallop was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party: This short-lived rural based populist party contested the 2001 Western Australian elections after winning more than 20 percent of the vote in the June 1998 Queensland Legislative Assembly election, and 8 percent of the national vote in the October 1998 House of Representatives elections. It drew electoral support from both the major parties and contested 54 of the Legislative Assembly's 57 seats, gaining over 9 percent of the primary vote; for more information, see Black and Phillips in 'References', below.

Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this election (2001) is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (54) and those candidates who ran for office without any registered party name (5), a total of 59 such candidates.

Three of the Independent candidates were elected (four if the Liberals for Forests candidate Woolard is included; see note below). Elizabeth Constable (Churchlands) and Phillip Pendal (South Perth) were re-elected as Independents (sitting as Independent Liberals in the Assembly). Larry Graham, who had been denied endorsement by the Labor Party for the seat of Pilbara, ran as an Independent candidate and won the seat.

Liberals for Forests: Janet Woollard was elected to the seat of Alfred Cover as one of eight Liberals for Forests candidates even though this label was not a registered party name (see Green in 'Sources', below details). A comprehensive study of this party can be found in Amanda Blackburn and Bruce Stone, 'The Environment and Minor-party Insurgency in Australian Politics: The Case of Logging and the "liberals for forests"', Australian Journal of Political Science, 38 (3) November 2003: 493-509.

Christian Democratic Party: This party was the successor to the Call to Australia party; see the note to the 1996 Legislative Assembly election.

Curtin Labor Alliance, and Seniors Party: Neither of these party labels was registered as a party name (see Green in 'Sources', below). The Curtin Labor Alliance fielded 12 candidates, and the Seniors Party 10.

References: For a brief survey of this election and its context, see David Black and Harry J C Phillips, 'Western Australia', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, 47 (4) December 2001: 560-567 at 560-563.


Antony Green, Western Australian State Election 2001, Western Australian Parliamentary Library, Election Paper Series 2/2001 (Perth, Western Australian Parliamentary Library, 2001, ISBN 0730761010), 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).