|Member of the Australian Parliament
24 November 2007 – 7 September 2013
|Preceded by||Stewart McArthur|
|Succeeded by||Sarah Henderson|
8 June 1976 |
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Ballarat|
Darren Leicester Cheeseman MP (born 8 June 1976) is an Australian politician, holding the seat of Corangamite for the Australian Labor Party between 2007 and 2013. When elected he was the first Labor member for the Division of Corangamite since 1931. Cheeseman lost the seat to the Liberal Party of Australia's Sarah Henderson at the 2013 federal election.
Cheeseman was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He grew up in Ballarat and attended Mount Clear Secondary College. He later studied for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geology at the University of Ballarat. He worked for the Association for the Blind, and during that time also served as a Councillor for the City of Ballarat. Later he worked for the Community and Public Sector Union.
In 2006 Cheeseman contested Labor preselection for Corangamite against the Labor candidate in 2004, former Geelong mayor Peter McMullin. Having secured preselection, he went on to win the seat with a 6.6% swing. McArthur had held the seat since 1984. Cheeseman attributed his win to opposition to the Liberal government's industrial relations laws, WorkChoices. Labor had not won Corangamite since 1929. Cheeseman narrowly held Corangamite in 2010 against Sarah Henderson for the Liberals, however was defeated when Henderson prevailed in 2013.
Mr. Cheeseman and his wife, Kirsty, live in the suburb of Highton in Geelong with their young sons Isaac and Noah.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Corangamite