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Australian federal election, 2019
Division of Forrest, Western Australia

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South-western Western Australia: Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Harvey, Margaret River
State seats: All of Bunbury and Vasse, parts of Collie-Preston, Murray-Wellington and Warren-Blackwood
Local government areas: All of Augusta-Margaret River, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey and Nannup
1999 republic referendum: No 65.1
2018 same-sex marriage survey: Yes 63.8

Sitting member: Nola Marino (Liberal): Elected 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

2007 Liberal majority over Labor: 5.8%
2010 Liberal majority over Labor: 8.7%
2013 Liberal majority over Labor: 12.3%
2016 Liberal majority over Labor: 12.6%

Status: Safe Liberal

  • 2016 results
  • Statistics and history

  • Candidates:

    Nerilee Boshammer
    Australian Greens
    Nola Marino
    Liberal Party



    Candidate websites:

    Nerilee Boshammer
    Nola Marino

    Division of Forrest

    Forrest was created in 1922, occupying the rural south-western corner of WA, whose largest centre is Bunbury. Although this is still a largely agricultural area, tourism is becoming an increasingly important industry, employing 5.9% of the workforce. Forrest has the typical characteristics of a rural seat: low median icome level, low level of people from non English speaking countries and low proportion of people in professional occupations.

    Forrest has a usually been a safe seat for the non-Labor parties: Labor has only won it three times, most recently in 1969. Before 1949 it was usually a Country Party seat but the Nationals are no longer a serious threat to Liberal dominance. Members for Forrest have included Labor Cabinet minister Nelson Lemmon and Liberal Cabinet minister Gordon Freeth.

    Nola Marino, Liberal MP for Forrest since 2007, was a small business owner in Harvey before her election. She has been Chief Government Whip since October 2015.

    The Greens candidate in 2019 will be Nerilee Boshammer, a professional resources manager until recently with the South West Catchments Council.

    Demographics:

    Median weekly household income: $1,361 (Australia $1,438)
    People over 65: 16.6% (Australia 15.8%)
    Indigenous: 2.2% (Australia 2.8%)
    Australian born: 72.6% (Australia 66.7%)
    Non-English-speaking households: 8.5% (Australia 22.2%)
    Catholics 19.2% (Australia 22.6%)
    No religion 36.0% (Australia 29.6%)
    University graduates: 13.6% (Australia 22.0%)
    Professional and managerial employment: 26.9% (Australia 35.2%)
    Employed in manufacturing and construction: 31.5% (Australia 22.9%)
    Employed in agriculture: 6.3% (Australia 3.3%)
    Paying a mortgage: 38.5% (Australia 34.5%)
    Renting: 27.0% (Australia 30.9%)
    Traditional families: 31.7% (Australia 32.8%)

    Members:

    John Prowse (CP) 1922-43
    Hon Nelson Lemmon (ALP) 1943-49
    Hon Gordon Freeth (Lib) 1949-69
    Frank Kirwan (ALP) 1969-72
    Peter Drummond (Lib) 1972-87
    Hon Geoff Prosser (Lib) 1987-2007
    Nola Marino (Lib) 2007-

    Boundaries following 2016 redistribution:




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