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Federal By-elections Super-Saturday:

Braddon (TAS) Fremantle (WA) Longman (QLD) Mayo (SA) Perth (WA)

Your guide to the Seat of Fremantle By-election, 2018
Fairly Safe. Labor 7.5%

Date: To be determined.

Historical Vote Trend | 2016 Results | Candidates | Assessment


The division of Fremantle covers Perth's southern suburbs. In addition, it also includes Rottnest Island.

It is one of the original electorates to be contested since the 1901 Federal Election. It has been held by the Labor Party for most of its history, with the conservative parties last holding the seat in the early 1930's.

Incumbent MP:

Josh Wilson, since 2016. He resigned due to a court ruling indicating that his citizenship status at election was deemed have made him ineligible to sit in parliament.





Historical Vote Trend


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2016 Federal Election Results

Party Candidate Vote Percentage Swing
  Labor Josh Wilson 34,792 40.99% −0.36%
  Liberal Pierrette Kelly 31,292 36.87% −0.61%
  Greens Kate Davis 15,053 17.74% +5.87%
  Mature Australia Mick Connolly 2,335 2.75% +2.75%
  Socialist Alliance Chris Jenkins 1,404 1.65% +0.79%
Two Party Preferred Result
  Labor Josh Wilson 48,821 57.52% +2.12%
  Liberal Pierrette Kelly 36,055 42.48% −2.12%

The numbers on the map below represent the two party preferred vote percentages at each polling place at the 2016 Federal Election. Red numbers represent the Labor Party, blue numbers represent the Liberal National Party. Note: You will need to zoom in on the map to view all individual numbers.

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Dorinda Cox | Josh WIlson

The Liberal Party are not standing a candidate in the Fremantle by-election.

Dorinda CoxDorinda Cox
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Political Party: Greens.

Dorinda Cox is a Fremantle local and an anti-domestic violence campaigner, small business owner and is a former police officer. She is of an Aboriginal background, part of the Noongar Nation.

Josh WilsonJosh Wilson
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Political Party: Labor.

Josh Wilson has been the MP for Fremantle since the 2016 Federal Election. Before his election, he served as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin University, a paralegal and litigation project manager, a freelance journalist as well as a travel writer. He was =a Councillor for the City of Fremantle City of Fremantle from 2009 to 2016 and was Deputy Mayor of Fremantle from 2011. He also worked as a staffer to then-MP Melissa Parke.

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Assessment and prediction:

Labor retain

Labor should retain Fremantle in this upcoming by-election. The Greens do have ambitions of gaining this seat but that is unlikely to happen at this stage.

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