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

Curtin
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of CURTIN 2016.png
Division of Curtin in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1949
MPCelia Hammond
PartyLiberal
NamesakeJohn Curtin
Electors100,365 (2019)
Area98 km2 (37.8 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

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HistoryEdit

 
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 current member 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. With a two-party preferred margin as of the 2016 election of 20.7%, it is currently the safest federal seat in Western Australia and the second-safest Coalition seat in metropolitan Australia.

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MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    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
    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
    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
    Julie Bishop
(1956–)
Liberal 3 October 1998
May 2019
Deputy Liberal Leader 2007-18. Served as minister under Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison. Retired at the 2019 federal election.
  Celia Hammond Liberal May 2019 Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Curtin[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Celia Hammond 43,958 55.27 −10.23
Labor Rob Meecham 13,713 17.24 +1.53
Greens Cameron Pidgeon 11,779 14.81 +0.61
Independent Louise Stewart 6,409 8.06 +8.06
Western Australia Andrew Mangano 1,167 1.47 +1.47
United Australia Joan Lever 921 1.16 +1.16
One Nation Bill Edgar 835 1.05 +1.05
Christians Deonne Kingsford 752 0.95 +0.95
Total formal votes 79,534 97.00 −0.98
Informal votes 2,457 3.00 +0.98
Turnout 81,991 81.69 −8.06
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Celia Hammond 51,852 65.19 −5.51
Labor Rob Meecham 27,682 34.81 +5.51
Liberal hold Swing −5.51

Results are not final. Last updated 5:30pm AEST on 25 May 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  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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