Adam Carr's guide to
The 2007 Australian federal election

The House of Representatives

Western Australia

Division of Curtin


Julie Bishop (Lib)

Her ministerial
, Liberal
Party website
campaign website

Peter Grant (ALP)

His ALP website

Bev Custers (FF)

Her Family First website

Gail Forder (CDP)

Her Christian
Democrats website

Lee Hemsley (Grn)

His Greens website
Location: Perth: Churchlands, Claremont, Nedlands, Subiaco
Division named for: Rt Hon John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia 1941-45
Median weekly family income: $1,390 (12th highest)
Persons born in non English speaking countries: 14.9% (52nd highest)
Persons born in the UK and Ireland: 10.3% (13th highest)
Persons in professional occupations: 47.0% (8th highest)
Persons aged 65 and over: 15.1% (35th highest)
Couple families with dependent children: 38.2% (79th highest)
Dwellings being purchased: 21.4% (113th highest)
Sitting member:
Hon Julie Bishop (Liberal), elected 1998, 2001, 2004
Born: 17 July 1956, Lobethal, South Australia. Career: Barrister and solicitor, Chair Town Planning Appeal Tribunal of WA 1994-98, Director SBS Television 1997-98, Director and Fellow Australian Institute of Management 1997-98. Minister for Ageing 2003-06
Minister for Education, Science and Training and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues from 27 January 2006
1996 two-party majority: Independent over Liberal 15.2
Effect of redistribution: cannot be calculated
1998 two-party majority: Liberal 13.3
Effect of 2001 redistribution: 00.2 shift to Liberal
2001 two-party majority: Liberal 14.0
2004 primary votes: Labor 23.7, Liberal 59.6, Green 11.5
2004 two-party majority: Liberal 14.6
2004 enrolment: 84,216
2007 enrolment: 86,104 (+02.2%)
Curtin was created in 1949, based in Perth's western beachside suburbs. This is the most affluent part of Perth and the seat has never come close to electing a Labor member. Subsequent redistributions have extended the seat northwards into slightly less affluent areas, only slightly weakening the Liberal position. Curtin has among the country's highest median family incomes and highest levels of people in professional occupations. It is also an ageing area with a fairly high level of over 65s and a fairly low level of families with dependent children. It also has a high level of immigrants from the UK. In 2004 the Liberals carried every booth except West Perth and the two Leederville booths, polling more than 70% of the two-party vote in Churchlands, Cottesloe, Floreat, Mossman Park and Nedlands. The first member for Curtin was Sir Paul Hasluck, Liberal foreign minister and later Governor-General. Julie Bishop has held the seat since 1998. Bishop has been rapidly promoted in the Howard government and is now Minister for Education, Science and Training.
Candidates in ballot-paper order
  • Lee Hemsley (Green) operates a small business repairing white-goods.
  • Peter Grant (Labor) is a Cottesloe artist.
  • Gail Forder (Christian Democrats) has a small business in Nedlands.
  • Bev Custers (Family First) is an administration officer.
  • Albert Caine (One Nation) is self-employed.
  • Julie Bishop (Liberal) is the sitting member: see biography above.
  • Shahar Helel (Independent)

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