Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||134 km2 (51.7 sq mi)|
The Division of Swan is an Australian electoral division located in Western Australia.
The division is named after the Swan River. For several decades, it has been a marginal seat, extending along the Swan and Canning Rivers from the affluent suburbs in the City of South Perth to the west, which typically vote for the Liberal Party, to the City of Belmont to the east and parts of the City of Canning to the south-east, which are more working-class in orientation and typically vote for the Labor Party. A redistribution ahead of the 2010 election added the strongly Labor-voting suburb of Langford, which was previously within Tangney, which made it a notionally Labor seat. Langford was redistributed to Burt in 2016.
The division was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. Historically, the electorate was a country seat extending north to Dongara, east to Merredin and south to the coast. It contracted to an area east of the Darling Range and became a safe Country Party seat. Prior to the 1949 election, its old area became the new seat of Moore, while Swan moved into approximately its present position, although initially extending as far north-east as Midland.
From 2004 to 2007 it was the third most marginal electorate in Australia, after Hindmarsh and Kingston, with the ALP incumbent Kim Wilkie winning 50.08 percent of the two-party-preferred vote in 2004.
At the 2007 election, Liberal candidate Steve Irons won the seat with a swing of 0.19 percent.Irons was the only Coalition challenger to unseat a Labor incumbent at the 2007 election. However, the election came at a very bad time for the state Labor government, which was only polling at 49 percent support at the time the writs were dropped. Irons was re-elected with a slightly increased majority in 2010, making it a fairly safe Liberal seat. Following the 2016 election Labor candidate Tammy Solonec managed to return Swan to marginal status.
Steve Irons retained the seat in the 2019 election.Hannah Beazley contested the seat for Labor but ultimately conceded defeat.
Swan is bordered by Swan River in the north and west, Canning River and City of Canning in the south, and Roe Highway, Great Eastern Highway and Perth Airport in the east. Suburbs include:
| Sir John Forrest |
|Protectionist|| 29 March 1901 –|
|Previously held the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Bunbury. Served as minister under Barton, Deakin, Cook and Hughes. Died in office|
|Western Australian||1906 –|
26 May 1909
|Commonwealth Liberal||26 May 1909 –|
17 February 1917
|Nationalist||17 February 1917 –|
2 September 1918
| Edwin Corboy |
|Labor|| 26 October 1918 –|
13 December 1919
|Lost seat. Later elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Yilgarn in 1921|
| John Prowse |
|Farmers and Settlers' Association|| 13 December 1919 –|
24 February 1920
|Transferred to the Division of Forrest|
|Country||24 February 1920 –|
16 December 1922
| Henry Gregory |
|Country|| 16 December 1922 –|
15 November 1940
|Previously held the Division of Dampier. Died in office|
| Thomas Marwick |
|Country|| 21 December 1940 –|
21 August 1943
|Previously a member of the Senate. Lost seat|
| Don Mountjoy |
|Labor|| 21 August 1943 –|
28 September 1946
| Len Hamilton |
|Country|| 28 September 1946 –|
10 December 1949
|Transferred to the Division of Canning|
| Bill Grayden |
|Liberal|| 10 December 1949 –|
29 May 1954
|Previously held the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Middle Swan. Lost seat. Later elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of South Perth in 1956. Currently the oldest living former member of the House of Representatives|
| Harry Webb |
|Labor|| 29 May 1954 –|
10 December 1955
|Transferred to the Division of Stirling|
| Richard Cleaver |
|Liberal|| 10 December 1955 –|
25 October 1969
| Adrian Bennett |
|Labor|| 25 October 1969 –|
13 December 1975
| John Martyr |
|Liberal|| 13 December 1975 –|
18 October 1980
|Lost seat. Later appointed to the Senate in 1981|
| Kim Beazley |
|Labor|| 18 October 1980 –|
2 March 1996
|Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Served as Deputy Prime Minister under Keating. Transferred to the Division of Brand|
| Don Randall |
|Liberal|| 2 March 1996 –|
3 October 1998
|Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Canning in 2001|
| Kim Wilkie |
|Labor|| 3 October 1998 –|
24 November 2007
| Steve Irons |
|Liberal|| 24 November 2007 –|
|One Nation||Tshung-Hui Chang||2,038||2.42||+2.42|
|United Australia||Peter McLernon||1,483||1.76||+1.76|
|Animal Justice||Virginia Thomas-Wurth||1,302||1.55||+1.55|
|Western Australia||Sharron Hawkins Zeeb||1,102||1.31||+1.31|
|Conservative National||Carmel Addink||601||0.71||+0.71|
|Australia First||Michael Chehoff||251||0.30||+0.30|
|Total formal votes||84,143||94.19||−2.18|
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