No date set for by-election

No date set for by-election

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Flowers were left outside Mr Randall’s Kelmscott office yesterday. Photograph — Matt Devlin.
Flowers were left outside Mr Randall’s Kelmscott office yesterday. Photograph — Matt Devlin.

The federal electorate of Canning would undergo a by-election triggered by the death of its incumbent member Don Randall.

There have been 67 federal by-elections triggered by the death of a sitting member in the nation’s history.

The last one was in 2001 following the death of the federal member for Aston Peter Nugent when he suffered a heart attack at his home in Victoria.

Possible dates for the by-election have not yet been announced.
This would be the second by-election in this term of government after former Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd retired from politics in 2014.

Canning was one of the federal electorates that was expected to undergo a boundary change ahead of the next federal election when the state received an additional member of parliament.

The speaker of the house must lodge a writ and at least 33 days must elapse between when the writ is issued and the date of the by-election.

The earliest possible date for an election would be the end of August.