Division of Curtin

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Curtin
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of CURTIN 2016.png
Division of Curtin in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1949
MP Celia Hammond
Party Liberal
Namesake John Curtin
Electors 100,365 (2019)
Area98 km2 (37.8 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Curtin is an Australian electoral division in Western Australia.

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History

John Curtin, the division's namesake JohnCurtin.jpg
John Curtin, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1949 and is named for John Curtin, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945. Prior to its creation, much of this area was part of the Division of Fremantle, which Curtin represented for most of the time from 1928 to 1945. It is located in the wealthy beachside suburbs of Perth, including Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Subiaco and Swanbourne.

It was created as a notional Labor seat. However, this area was located in naturally Liberal territory, and the Liberals won it resoundingly as part of their massive victory in the 1949 election, turning it into a safe Liberal seat in one stroke. It has been held comfortably by either a Liberal or a conservative independent since. The only time it was out of Liberal hands came when Allan Rocher won it in 1996 after losing his Liberal endorsement. Rocher was defeated at the 1998 election, when Julie Bishop reclaimed it for the Liberals.

Its most prominent member has been Paul Hasluck, who was a senior Cabinet minister in the Menzies and Holt governments and then Governor-General of Australia after leaving politics. Other prominent members include Victor Garland, a minister in the McMahon and Fraser governments, and Bishop, the former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party (the first woman to hold this role) and a minister in the Howard, Abbott, and Turnbull governments.

Bishop retired at the 2019 election, and Celia Hammond, a former vice chancellor of University of Notre Dame Australia, retained it for the Liberals with a reduced majority. With a two-party preferred margin of 14.3 percent, it is the fifth-safest Coalition seat in metropolitan Australia.

Geography

Curtin covers an area west of Perth, bordered by the Indian Ocean in the west and the Swan River in the south. The suburbs include: [1]

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  Paul Hasluck 1960.jpg Paul Hasluck
(1905–1993)
Liberal 10 December 1949
12 February 1969
Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen and Gorton. Resigned in order to become Governor-General of Australia
  Vic Garland 1969 (cropped).jpg Victor Garland
(1934–)
Liberal 19 April 1969
22 January 1981
Served as minister under McMahon and Fraser. Resigned in order to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  No image.svg Allan Rocher
(1936–2016)
Liberal 21 February 1981
7 August 1995
Previously a member of the Senate. Lost seat
  Independent 7 August 1995 –
3 October 1998
  Portrait of Julie Bishop.jpg Julie Bishop
(1956–)
Liberal 3 October 1998
11 April 2019
Served as minister under Howard, Abbott and Turnbull. Retired
  No image.svg Celia Hammond
(1968–)
Liberal 18 May 2019
present
Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Curtin [2]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Celia Hammond 48,25654.18−11.32
Labor Rob Meecham15,69217.62+1.91
Greens Cameron Pidgeon13,84715.55+1.35
Independent Louise Stewart6,9027.75+7.75
Western Australia Andrew Mangano1,3431.51+1.51
United Australia Joan Lever1,1141.25+1.25
One Nation Bill Edgar1,0541.18+1.18
Christians Deonne Kingsford8540.96+0.96
Total formal votes89,06296.82−1.16
Informal votes2,9273.18+1.16
Turnout 91,98991.65+1.90
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Celia Hammond 57,29664.33−6.37
Labor Rob Meecham31,76635.67+6.37
Liberal hold Swing −6.37

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References

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

Coordinates: 31°57′25″S115°47′46″E / 31.957°S 115.796°E / -31.957; 115.796