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Cannington Electorate Profile

Current Member

Initially elected as the Member for Cannington in September of 2008, Bill is currently the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement.

Bill is a member and supporter of many local groups with the belief that volunteers make where you live into a community.

Prior to entering Parliament, Bill spent 7 years as the State Secretary of WA Labor, which gives him a unique insider’s view to politics.

As a former senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, the union representing retail and warehouse workers, he fought for fairness for low-paid workers in industrial rights, workers compensation and working conditions.

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Statistical Profile of the Cannington Electorate

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About the Cannington Electorate

Number of Electors: 24,881 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: This name was given according to the English practice of adding the term "ton" to a name, denoting a town. Subdivision of the suburb of Cannington began in 1882. A railway station was constructed there in the early 1890's and was named Cannington. The area surrounding this station soon became known by this name.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.
Suburbs/Towns: Beckenham*, Bentley*, Cannington, East Cannington, Ferndale, Langford, Lynwood, Parkwood, Queens Park, Riverton, and Welshpool*.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission
Bannister Creek Primary School; Beckenham Primary School; Brookman Primary School; Cannington Community College; Gibbs Street Primary School; Lynwood Senior High School; Parkwood Primary School; Queens Park Primary School; Sevenoaks Senior College.

Fountain College; Langford Islamic College; St Jude's Catholic School; St Joseph's School; St Norbert College
Local Newspapers:
Canning Times
Canning Examiner
Comment news
Books about Cannington:
Dorothea Morrow: A place by the river (150p, 1986)
F G Garden: Along the Canning - a history of the Shire of the Canning district, Western Australia (183p. Shire of Canning, 1968)

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the Cannington District

Bill Johnston
Bill Johnston

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 2007

William (Bill) Joseph Johnston Australian Labor Party 2008 -
b = by-election