Division of Cowan

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Cowan
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of COWAN 2016.png
Division of Cowan in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1984
MP Anne Aly
Party Labor
Namesake Edith Cowan
Electors 98,668 (2019)
Area180 km2 (69.5 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Cowan is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia.

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History

Edith Cowan, the division's namesake Edith Cowan 1900.jpg
Edith Cowan, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named for Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament. It is located in the northern suburbs of Perth, including the suburbs of Girrawheen, Greenwood, Landsdale and Marangaroo.

It is a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Unlike most marginal seats in the east, Cowan is not normally a barometer for winning government, since elections have usually long since been decided by the time counting begins in the west. For this reason, all but one of its members has served at least one term in opposition.

For example, at the 2007 election, the retirement of sitting member Graham Edwards resulted in Labor losing the seat to his Liberal challenger from 2004, Luke Simpkins, even as Labor ended 11 years of Coalition rule. Simpkins retained Cowan by defeating Labor candidate Liz Prime and retained the seat at the 2010 and 2013 elections. A redistribution in 2015 saw Cowan undergo a significant boundary change which saw the Liberal margin drop from a fairly safe 7.5% to a marginal 4.5%. The redistribution saw Labor target the seat at the upcoming 2016 election. At that election the Labor candidate, Anne Aly, became the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives by narrowly defeating Simpkins. Aly retained the seat almost as narrowly in 2019.

Geography

Cowan covers an area from Tapping and Wanneroo in the north to Kiara and Lockridge in the south. The division covers parts of the City of Wanneroo and the City of Swan and a minor portion of the City of Joondalup. It includes the suburbs of: [1]

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  No image.svg Carolyn Jakobsen
(1947–)
Labor 1 December 1984
13 March 1993
Lost seat
  No image.svg Richard Evans
(1953–)
Liberal 13 March 1993
3 October 1998
Lost seat
  160600 - Graham Edwards - 3a - 2000 Sydney media guide scan.jpg Graham Edwards
(1946–)
Labor 3 October 1998
17 October 2007
Previously a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council. Retired. Last veteran of the Vietnam War to serve in the House of Representatives
  No image.svg Luke Simpkins
(1964–)
Liberal 24 November 2007
2 July 2016
Lost seat
  Anne Aly MP.jpg Anne Aly
(1967–)
Labor 2 July 2016
present
Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Cowan [2]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Isaac Stewart33,43839.41−2.81
Labor Anne Aly 32,35338.13−3.55
Greens Mark Cooper8,55110.08+2.48
One Nation Sheila Mundy4,7775.63+5.63
United Australia Peter Westcott2,1712.56+2.56
Christians Andre Lebrasse1,9812.33−0.96
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers Paul Bedford1,5821.86−0.95
Total formal votes84,85394.59+0.06
Informal votes4,8505.41−0.06
Turnout 89,70390.91+1.31
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anne Aly 43,13550.83+0.15
Liberal Isaac Stewart41,71849.17−0.15
Labor hold Swing +0.15

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References

  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Cowan (WA)". Australian Electoral Commission . Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. Cowan, WA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 31°46′55″S115°50′46″E / 31.782°S 115.846°E / -31.782; 115.846