Division of Canning

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Canning 2010.png
Division of Canning (green) in Western Australia
Created 1949
MP Don Randall
Party Liberal
Namesake Alfred Canning
Electors 101,804 (2013)
Area 6,178 km2 (2,385.3 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Canning is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Alfred Canning, the Western Australian government surveyor who surveyed the Canning Stock Route. It was originally a country seat that traded hands between the two main centre-right parties, the Country and Liberal parties. Since 1980 it has been located in the southern suburbs of the two largest cities in Western Australia, Perth and Mandurah. It is a highly marginal seat due to the balanced proportion of the urban north and the rural south, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Canning had a Liberal margin of 4.3 percent leading into the 2010 election,[1] and was targeted by Labor, who stood high-profile candidate and former state Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan.[2] The Liberals retained the seat, however Canning was the only Western Australian seat to see a two-party preferred swing toward the Australian Labor Party.


The division of Canning stretches from Kelmscott in the north to Wagerup in the south, and incorporates the metropolitan Perth areas of the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale as well as the regional areas incorporating the City of Mandurah south of, and including, Mandurah CBD itself as well as the Shires of Murray (including Pinjarra, Yunderup and Dwellingup), Waroona (including Waroona and Preston Beach) and Boddington (including Boddington).


Member Party Term
  Len Hamilton Country 1949–1961
  Neil McNeill Liberal 1961–1963
  John Hallett Country 1963–1974
  Mel Bungey Liberal 1974–1983
  Wendy Fatin Labor 1983–1984
  George Gear Labor 1984–1996
  Ricky Johnston Liberal 1996–1998
  Jane Gerick Labor 1998–2001
  Don Randall Liberal 2001–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Canning
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Don Randall 45,189 51.07 +4.89
Labor Joanne Dean 23,578 26.64 −13.71
Greens Damon Pages-Oliver 6,547 7.40 −0.89
Palmer United Wendy Lamotte 6,088 6.88 +6.88
Christians Derek Bruning 2,742 3.10 +3.10
National James Forsyth 1,707 1.93 +1.93
Family First Alice Harper 1,197 1.35 −0.19
Katter's Australian Richard Eldridge 776 0.88 +0.88
Rise Up Australia Lee Rumble 669 0.76 +0.76
Total formal votes 88,493 94.48 −1.00
Informal votes 5,173 5.52 +1.00
Turnout 93,666 92.05 −1.11
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Don Randall 54,700 61.81 +9.62
Labor Joanne Dean 33,793 38.19 −9.62
Liberal hold Swing +9.62


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Coordinates: 32°38′02″S 116°06′47″E / 32.634°S 116.113°E / -32.634; 116.113