Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||180 km2 (69.5 sq mi)|
The Division of Cowan is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia.
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.
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:
| Carolyn Jakobsen |
|Labor|| 1 December 1984 –|
13 March 1993
| Richard Evans |
|Liberal|| 13 March 1993 –|
3 October 1998
| Graham Edwards |
|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|
| Luke Simpkins |
|Liberal|| 24 November 2007 –|
2 July 2016
| Anne Aly |
|Labor|| 2 July 2016 –|
|One Nation||Sheila Mundy||4,777||5.63||+5.63|
|United Australia||Peter Westcott||2,171||2.56||+2.56|
|Shooters, Fishers, Farmers||Paul Bedford||1,582||1.86||−0.95|
|Total formal votes||84,853||94.59||+0.06|
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