Division of Corio

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Corio
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Corio 2019.png
Division of Corio in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1901
MP Richard Marles
Party Labor
Namesake Corio Bay
Electors 110,322 (2019)
Area773 km2 (298.5 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial

The Division of Corio 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. Named for Corio Bay, it has always been based on the city of Geelong, although in the past it stretched as far east as the outer western suburbs of Melbourne.

Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives federal electorates in Australia

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States and territories of Australia first-level subdivision of Australia

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Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Contents

The current Member for Corio, since the 2007 federal election, is Richard Marles, the current Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party.

2007 Australian federal election election

A federal election was held in Australia on 24 November 2007. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 of the seats in the 76-member Senate were up for election. The election featured a 39-day campaign, with 13.6 million Australians enrolled to vote.

Richard Marles Australian politician

Richard Donald Marles is an Australian Labor Party politician serving as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Deputy Leader of the Opposition since 2019, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Corio since 2007.

Australian Labor Party Political party in Australia

The Australian Labor Party is a major centre-left political party in Australia. The party has been in opposition at the federal level since the 2013 election. The party is a federal party with branches in each state and territory. Labor is in government in the states of Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and in both the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. The party competes against the Liberal/National Coalition for political office at the federal and state levels. It is the oldest political party in Australia.

History

Corio Bay, the division's namesake Clifton Springs Pier.jpg
Corio Bay, the division's namesake

For most of the first seven decades after Federation, it was a marginal seat that frequently changed hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. However, Labor has held it without interruption since a 1967 by-election, and since the 1980s it has been one of Labor's safest non-metropolitan seats. Presently, the Liberals need a 10 percent swing to win it, up from 7.7 percent at the time the writs were dropped for the 2016 election. [1]

1967 Corio by-election Australian federal by-election

A by-election was held for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Corio on 22 July 1967. This was triggered by the resignation of Liberal Party MP Hubert Opperman.

Liberal Party of Australia Australian political party

The Liberal Party of Australia is a major centre-right political party in Australia, one of the two major parties in Australian politics, along with the centre-left Australian Labor Party (ALP). It was founded in 1944 as the successor to the United Australia Party (UAP).

Its most prominent members have been Richard Casey, a leading Cabinet member in the 1930s and later Governor-General; John Dedman, a Chifley government minister; Hubert Opperman, a former cycling champion and a minister in the Menzies government; and Gordon Scholes, who was Speaker during the Whitlam government and a minister in the Hawke government.

Richard Casey, Baron Casey 16th Governor-General of Australia

Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey, Baron Casey was an Australian statesman who served as the 16th Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1965 to 1969. He was also a distinguished army officer, longserving cabinet minister, Ambassador to the United States, member of Churchill's War Cabinet, and Governor of Bengal.

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Boundaries

The division comprises an area of 773 square kilometres (298 sq mi) from the western shores of Port Phillip Bay, stretching to the north of Geelong and inland. Besides Geelong, it includes Avalon, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Belmont, Breakwater, Corio, Drumcondra, Fyansford, East Geelong, North Geelong, South Geelong, Geelong West, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Highton, Lara, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Moolap, Newcomb, Norlane, North Shore, Portarlington, St Albans Park, Rippleside and Whittington; and parts of Anakie, Batesford, Clifton Springs, Fyansford, Leopold, Newtown, and Thomson. [2]

Port Phillip bay in Victoria, Australia

Port Phillip , is a port in southern Victoria, Australia. It is nearly surrounded by the city of Melbourne and its suburbs. Geographically, the port covers 1,930 square kilometres and the shore stretches roughly 264 km (164 mi). Although it is extremely shallow for its size, most of the port is navigable. The deepest portion is only 24 metres (79 ft), and half the region is shallower than 8 m (26 ft). The volume of the water in the port is around 25 cubic kilometres (6.0 cu mi).

Avalon, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Avalon is a locality situated north east of Geelong, Victoria. Its local government area is the City of Greater Geelong and its Ward is Windermere. It is located on the northern shore of Corio Bay to the southwest of the state's capital city of Melbourne.

Bell Park, Victoria Suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Bell Park is a residential suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is located 3 km north-west of the Geelong city centre and is bordered to the north by the Ballarat rail line, to the east by Thompson Road, to the south by the Midland Highway and to the west by Anakie Road.

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  YoungCrouch.JPG Richard Crouch
(1868–1949)
Protectionist 29 March 1901
26 May 1909
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Corangamite in 1929
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
  Alfred Ozanne.jpg Alfred Ozanne
(1877–1961)
Labor 13 April 1910
31 May 1913
Lost seat
  William Kendell.jpg William Kendell
(1851–1922)
Commonwealth Liberal 31 May 1913
5 September 1914
Lost seat. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in 1916
  Alfred Ozanne.jpg Alfred Ozanne
(1877–1961)
Labor 5 September 1914
5 May 1917
Lost seat
  John Henry Lister.jpg John Lister
(1875–1935)
Nationalist 5 May 1917
12 October 1929
Lost seat
  Arthur Lewis.jpg Arthur Lewis
(1882–1975)
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1931
Lost seat
  Richard Casey 1940.jpg Richard Casey
(1890–1976)
United Australia 19 December 1931
30 January 1940
Served as minister under Lyons, Page and Menzies. Resigned in order to become the Australian Ambassador to the United States. Later elected to the Division of La Trobe in 1949
  John Dedman.jpg John Dedman
(1896–1973)
Labor 2 March 1940
10 December 1949
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Lost seat
  HubertOpperman1965.jpg Hubert Opperman
(1904–1996)
Liberal 10 December 1949
10 June 1967
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Menzies. Served as minister under Menzies and Holt. Resigned to become the High Commissioner to Malta
  Gordon Scholes HD-SC-98-07512.jpg Gordon Scholes
(1931–2018)
Labor 22 July 1967
8 February 1993
Served as Speaker during the Whitlam and Fraser Governments. Served as minister under Hawke. Retired
  Gavan O'Connor MP 2005.jpg Gavan O'Connor
(1947–)
Labor 13 March 1993
18 October 2007
Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Independent 18 October 2007 –
24 November 2007
  Richard Marles crop.jpg Richard Marles
(1967–)
Labor 24 November 2007
present
Served as minister under Rudd. Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Corio [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labor Richard Marles 47,01047.60+4.18
Liberal Alastair Thomson33,42633.85−2.78
Greens Amber Forbes12,90213.07+1.38
United Australia Desmond Sanborn5,4145.48+5.48
Total formal votes98,75296.44+1.10
Informal votes3,6483.56−1.10
Turnout 102,40092.83+0.70
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Richard Marles 59,57260.32+2.12
Liberal Alastair Thomson39,18039.68−2.12
Labor hold Swing +2.12

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References

  1. Green, Antony. "2013 Federal Post-Election Pendulum". Election Blog. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. "Profile of the electoral division of Corio (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  3. Corio, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 37°59′49″S144°22′52″E / 37.997°S 144.381°E / -37.997; 144.381