Southern River
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
Location of Southern River (dark green) in the Perth metropolitan area
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1996–present
MPTerry Healy
PartyLabor
NamesakeSouthern River
Electors29,655 (2021)
Area35 km2 (13.5 sq mi)
DemographicSouth Metropolitan

Southern River is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the state of Western Australia.

The district is a marginal seat based in the southern suburbs of Perth.

Geography

Southern River is an electorate situated in Perth's southern suburbs. The district includes the suburbs of Southern River and Huntingdale, as well as parts of the suburbs of Canning Vale and Gosnells.

History

Southern River was first contested at the 1996 state election. The seat was won by Liberal Party candidate Monica Holmes who defeated Labor candidate Judyth Watson, the latter being at the time member for the abolished Kenwick. Holmes was defeated at the 2001 state election by Labor candidate Paul Andrews.

The redistribution ahead of the 2005 state election shifted Southern River eastward, making the seat safer for the Labor Party. That election saw Paul Andrews defeat Monica Holmes a second time, with a much wider margin in large part due to the redistribution changes. The next redistribution saw much of the previous changes reversed, making Southern River once again a marginal seat. With Labor's hold on the seat now much more tenuous, Andrews was defeated at the 2008 state election by Liberal candidate Peter Abetz. Abetz held the seat through the 2013 state election but lost to Labor's Terry Healy at the 2017 state election.

Members for Southern River

Member Party Term
  Monica Holmes Liberal 1996–2001
  Paul Andrews Labor 2001–2008
  Peter Abetz Liberal 2008–2017
  Terry Healy Labor 2017–present

Election results

Main article: Electoral results for the district of Southern River

2021 Western Australian state election: Southern River[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Terry Healy 18,718 76.0 +26.3
Liberal Ruben Zandman 2,879 11.7 −27.2
Greens Simone Collins 875 3.6 −2.8
Christians Gerard Spoelstra 799 3.2 +3.2
One Nation Malcolm Heffernan 334 1.4 +1.4
No Mandatory Vaccination Katie Hawkes 307 1.2 +1.2
WAxit Shazi Siddiqui 283 1.1 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Wesley Du Preez 257 1.0 +0.4
Independent Julia Walsh 188 0.8 +0.8
Total formal votes 24,640 96.0 +0.7
Informal votes 1,039 4.0 −0.7
Turnout 25,679 86.6 +1.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Terry Healy 20,472 83.1 +25.3
Liberal Ruben Zandman 4,155 16.9 −25.3
Labor hold Swing +25.3

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