Division of Curtin

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

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Curtin in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPCelia Hammond
NamesakeJohn Curtin
Electors100,365 (2019)
Area98 km2 (37.8 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


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.


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]


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Paul Hasluck
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
    Victor Garland
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
    Allan Rocher
Liberal 21 February 1981
7 August 1995
Previously a member of the Senate. Lost seat
  Independent 7 August 1995 –
3 October 1998
    Julie Bishop
Liberal 3 October 1998
11 April 2019
Served as minister under Howard, Abbott and Turnbull. Retired
    Celia Hammond
Liberal 18 May 2019

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Curtin[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Celia Hammond 48,256 54.18 −11.32
Labor Rob Meecham 15,692 17.62 +1.91
Greens Cameron Pidgeon 13,847 15.55 +1.35
Independent Louise Stewart 6,902 7.75 +7.75
Western Australia Andrew Mangano 1,343 1.51 +1.51
United Australia Joan Lever 1,114 1.25 +1.25
One Nation Bill Edgar 1,054 1.18 +1.18
Christians Deonne Kingsford 854 0.96 +0.96
Total formal votes 89,062 96.82 −1.16
Informal votes 2,927 3.18 +1.16
Turnout 91,989 91.65 +1.90
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Celia Hammond 57,296 64.33 −6.37
Labor Rob Meecham 31,766 35.67 +6.37
Liberal hold Swing −6.37


  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.

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Coordinates: 31°57′25″S 115°47′46″E / 31.957°S 115.796°E / -31.957; 115.796