Division of Forrest

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Forrest
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of FORREST 2016.png
Division of Forrest in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1922
MP Nola Marino
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir John Forrest
Electors 105,421 (2019)
Area11,072 km2 (4,274.9 sq mi)
DemographicRural

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

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History

Sir John Forrest, the division's namesake JohnForrest1909.jpg
Sir John Forrest, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1922 and is named for Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia and a federal Cabinet minister. It is located in the south-western corner of the state and, as at the 2016 election, includes the towns of Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta and Harvey.

Before the 1943 election, it was a Country Party seat, but since the 1949 election it has been held by the Liberals for all but one term. Labor has only held the seat for three terms, during the high-tide elections of 1943 and 1946, and in the midst of the Coalition's near-defeat of 1969. It reverted to the Liberals in 1972 even as Labor won government. The seat was marginal for most of the 1980s, but a 1990 redistribution made the seat much more secure for the Liberals, and Labor has not come close to winning it since.

Notable members include Nelson Lemmon, a minister in the Chifley Government, Gordon Freeth, a minister in the Menzies, Holt and Gorton governments, and Geoff Prosser, a minister in the Howard government.

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  John Prowse.png John Prowse
(1871–1944)
Country 16 December 1922
21 August 1943
Previously held the Division of Swan. Lost seat
  Nelson Lemmon.jpg Nelson Lemmon
(1908–1989)
Labor 21 August 1943
10 December 1949
Served as minister under Chifley. Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of St George in 1954
  Gordon Freeth 1969.jpg Gordon Freeth
(1914–2001)
Liberal 10 December 1949
25 October 1969
Previously held the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Middle Swan. Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen and Gorton. Lost seat
  No image.svg Frank Kirwan
(1937–1976)
Labor 25 October 1969
2 December 1972
Lost seat
  No image.svg Peter Drummond
(1931–2013)
Liberal 2 December 1972
5 June 1987
Retired
  No image.svg Geoff Prosser
(1948–)
Liberal 11 July 1987
17 October 2007
Served as minister under Howard. Retired
  No image.svg Nola Marino
(1954–)
Liberal 24 November 2007
present
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Turnbull and Morrison. Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories since 2019. Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Forrest [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Nola Marino 47,47052.48+3.04
Labor Wayne Sanford19,12621.14−2.00
Greens Nerilee Boshammer11,64512.87+0.90
One Nation Kalven Jamieson5,3715.94+5.94
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Mark McCall2,8813.18+3.18
United Australia Dale Bromley1,5641.73+1.73
Independent Alexander Marsden1,2381.37+1.37
Western Australia Ian Molyneux1,1671.29+1.29
Total formal votes90,46294.35+0.21
Informal votes5,4185.65−0.21
Turnout 95,88090.95+1.23
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Nola Marino 58,40564.56+2.00
Labor Wayne Sanford32,05735.44−2.00
Liberal hold Swing +2.00

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References

  1. Forrest, WA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 33°42′00″S115°42′22″E / 33.700°S 115.706°E / -33.700; 115.706