Division of Corangamite

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Corangamite
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Corangamite 2022.png
Division of Corangamite in Victoria, as of the 2022 federal election.
Created1901
MP Libby Coker
Party Labor
Namesake Lake Corangamite
Electors 112,756 (2022)
Area5,441 km2 (2,100.8 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial

The Division of Corangamite is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lake Corangamite, although the lake no longer falls within the division's boundaries.

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The division was redrawn in 2021, becoming a much smaller seat due to increased population growth. It now covers 1,506 square kilometres (581 sq mi) (down from 5,441 square kilometres (2,101 sq mi)) along the Victorian coast, including the growing surf coast area, the southern suburbs of Geelong as well as rural areas to the west. Starting at Queenscliff in the east, the electorate takes in the entire Bellarine Peninsula, then runs down the surf coast as far as Bells Beach. The electorate then extends north into the Golden Plains Shire, where it includes the towns of Bannockburn, and Inverleigh. [1]

Since the 2019 federal election, the current Member for Corangamite is Libby Coker, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Geography

Since 1984, federal electoral division boundaries in Australia have been determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned. [2]

History

Lake Corangamite (in the background), the division's namesake View from Red Rock Victoria.jpg
Lake Corangamite (in the background), the division's namesake

Until the 1930s it was usually a marginal seat which leaned toward the conservative parties, but was won by the Australian Labor Party during high-tide elections. In 1918, it was the first seat won by what would become the Country Party.

It was held by the Liberals (and their immediate predecessor, the United Australia Party) without interruption from 1934 to 2007. A reasonably safe seat for most of the time from the 1950s to the 1990s, it became increasingly less safe from 1998 onward as successive redistributions pushed it further into Geelong. This resulted in the seat falling to Darren Cheeseman, the Labor candidate, by less than one percent at the 2007 federal election for the first time since 1929. Cheeseman was only the third Labor member ever to win the seat. Labor retained the seat in 2010 election against former journalist Sarah Henderson, making Cheeseman the first Labor MP to win re-election in the seat. Henderson sought a rematch in 2013, and won.

Henderson retained her seat in 2016 but a redistribution completed prior to the 2019 election pushed the seat further into Geelong. This resulted in the seat becoming notionally Labor, albeit with a very narrow margin. As Henderson failed to gain a swing towards her at the election, she lost the seat to the Labor candidate, Libby Coker. Coker's win in 2019 was historically significant, as it marked the first time that the non-Labor parties had been in government without holding Corangamite.

Prominent members include James Scullin, who later became the Prime Minister of Australia in 1929-32; Fraser Government Minister Tony Street, and longtime Liberal backbencher Stewart McArthur. [3]

In 2018, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) published its report on the proposed redistribution of Victoria's federal divisions. The report proposed renaming Corangamite to Cox, after swimming instructor May Cox. Incumbent MP Sarah Henderson said the new name "has already prompted some ridicule on social media". [4] In the commission's final determination, the decision was made to retain the name of Corangamite. [5] In 2021, the AEC again proposed to rename Corangamite, this time to Tucker after Aboriginal activist Margaret Tucker, however in the final determination, the renaming proposal was also abandoned. [6]

In July 2021, City of Greater Geelong Mayor and Bellairne Ward Councillor Stephanie Asher was preselected as the Liberal candidate for Corangamite. [7] However, Coker won a second term with 57 percent of the two-party vote, a swing of six percent. This was the strongest showing for Labor in the seat’s history.

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  Chester Manifold.jpg Chester Manifold
(1852–1932)
Protectionist 29 March 1901
23 November 1903
Retired
  Gratton Wilson.jpg John Gratton Wilson
(1863–1948)
Free Trade 16 December 1903
1906
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Villiers and Heytesbury. Lost seat
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
26 May 1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
  JamesScullin1910.png James Scullin
(1876–1953)
Labor 13 April 1910
31 May 1913
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Yarra in 1922
  Chester Manifold.jpg Chester Manifold
(1852–1932)
Commonwealth Liberal 31 May 1913
17 February 1917
Died in office
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
30 October 1918
  William Gibson - Talma & Co (cropped).jpg William Gibson
(1869–1955)
Victorian Farmers' Union 14 December 1918
22 January 1920
Served as minister under Bruce. Lost seat
  Country 22 January 1920 –
12 October 1929
  RCrouch.JPG Richard Crouch
(1868–1949)
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1931
Previously held the Division of Corio. Lost seat
  William Gerrand Gibson.jpg William Gibson
(1869–1955)
Country 19 December 1931
7 August 1934
Transferred to the Senate
  Geoffrey Street.jpg Geoffrey Street
(1894–1940)
United Australia 15 September 1934
13 August 1940
Served as minister under Lyons, Page and Menzies. Died in office. Son is Tony Street
  Allan McDonald.jpg Allan McDonald
(1888–1953)
United Australia 21 September 1940
21 February 1945
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Polwarth. Served as minister under Menzies and Fadden. Died in office
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
10 June 1953
  DanMackinnon1964.jpg Dan Mackinnon
(1903–1983)
Liberal 29 August 1953
31 October 1966
Previously held the Division of Wannon. Retired
  AnthonyAustinStreet.png Tony Street
(1926–2022)
Liberal 26 November 1966
18 January 1984
Served as minister under Fraser. Resigned to retire from politics. Father was Geoffrey Street
  No image.svg Stewart McArthur
(1937–)
Liberal 18 February 1984
24 November 2007
Lost seat
  Darren Cheeseman.jpg Darren Cheeseman
(1976–)
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of South Barwon in 2018
  Senator sarah henderson 2019.jpg Sarah Henderson
(1964–)
Liberal 7 September 2013
18 May 2019
Lost seat. Later appointed to the Senate in 2019
  Libby Coker 2022.jpg Libby Coker
(1962–)
Labor 18 May 2019
present
Incumbent

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Corangamite [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labor Libby Coker 38,57338.20+2.41
Liberal Stephanie Asher34,46334.13−8.26
Greens Alex Marshall15,34915.20+6.49
United Australia Daniel Abou-Zeid3,2333.20+1.02
One Nation Luke Sorensen2,5482.52+2.52
Liberal Democrats Paul Barker2,5262.50+2.50
Animal Justice Meg Watkins1,9861.97−0.17
Justice Jean-Marie D'Argent1,4211.41−1.22
Australian Federation Stephen Juhasz8680.86+0.86
Total formal votes100,96796.11+0.06
Informal votes4,0883.89−0.06
Turnout 105,05593.26+1.01
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Libby Coker 58,16057.60+6.55
Liberal Stephanie Asher42,80742.40−6.55
Labor hold Swing +6.55

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References

  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Corangamite (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 13 October 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  2. Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Corangamite results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC . Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  4. "Proposal to change Corangamite's name and boundaries". Surf Coast Times. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  5. "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. Harris, Rob (29 June 2021). "Graffiti fears rule out renaming electorate 'Tucker'". The Age. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  7. https://stephanieasher.com.au/
  8. Corangamite, VIC, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 38°14′35″S143°49′16″E / 38.243°S 143.821°E / -38.243; 143.821