Division of Corangamite
The Division of Corangamite is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lake Corangamite, although the lake no longer falls within the division's boundaries.
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||5,441 km2 (2,100.8 sq mi)|
The division is located in the Western district of Victoria covering 5,441 square kilometres (2,101 sq mi). It is a mixed electorate, including the growing surf coast area, the southern suburbs of Geelong as well as rural areas to the west. Starting at Queenscliff in the east, the electorate takes in the entire Bellarine Peninsula, then runs down the surf coast to include Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Lorne, Ocean Grove, Wye River and Torquay. The electorate then extends north into the Golden Plains Shire, where it includes the towns of Bannockburn, Lethbridge and part of Meredith.
Until the 1930s it was usually a marginal seat which leaned toward the conservative parties, but was won by the Australian Labor Party during high-tide elections. In 1918, it was the first seat won by what would become the Country Party.
It was held by the Liberals (and their immediate predecessor, the United Australia Party) without interruption from 1934 to 2007. A reasonably safe seat for most of the time from the 1950s to the 1990s, it became increasingly less safe from 1998 onward as successive redistributions pushed it further into Geelong. This resulted in the seat falling to Darren Cheeseman, the Labor candidate, by less than one percent at the 2007 federal election for the first time since 1929. Cheeseman was only the third Labor member ever to win the seat. Labor retained the seat in 2010 election against former journalist Sarah Henderson, making Cheeseman the first Labor MP to win re-election in the seat. Henderson sought a rematch in 2013, and won.
Henderson retained her seat in 2016 but a redistribution completed prior to the 2019 resulted in the seat becoming notionally Labor, albeit with a very narrow margin. As Henderson failed to gain a swing towards her at the election, she lost the seat to the Labor candidate, Libby Coker. Coker's win in 2019 was historically significant, as it marked the first time that the non-Labor parties have been in government without holding Corangamite.
In 2018, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) published its report on the proposed redistribution of Victoria's federal divisions. The report proposed renaming Corangamite to Cox, after swimming instructor May Cox. Incumbent MP Sarah Henderson said the new name "has already prompted some ridicule on social media". In the commission's final determination, the decision was made to retain the name of Corangamite.
|United Australia||Neil Harvey||2,257||2.22||+2.22|
|Animal Justice||Naomi Adams||2,143||2.11||−0.13|
|Rise Up Australia||Ian Erskine||1,117||1.10||−0.07|
|Total formal votes||101,620||96.03||+0.73|
- "Profile of the electoral division of Corangamite (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Corangamite results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Proposal to change Corangamite's name and boundaries". Surf Coast Times. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- Corangamite, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.
- Division of Corangamite - Australian Electoral Commission