Division of Corio

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Corio 2013.png
Division of Corio (green) in Victoria
Created 1901
MP Richard Marles
Party Labor
Namesake Corio Bay
Electors 101,158 (2013)[1]
Area 989 km2 (381.9 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Corio is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. Named for Corio Bay, it has always been based on the city of Geelong, although in the past it stretched as far east as the outer western suburbs of Melbourne.

The division comprises an area of 989 square kilometres (382 sq mi) from the western shores of Port Phillip Bay, stretching to the north of Geelong and inland and covering most of the Bellarine Peninsula. Suburbs and towns include Avalon, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Breakwater, Corio, Curlewis, Drysdale, East Geelong, Geelong, North Geelong, South Geelong, Geelong West, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Lara, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Moolap, Newcomb, Norlane, North Shore, Portarlington, St Albans Park, St Leonards, Rippleside and Whittington; and parts of Anakie, Batesford, Clifton Springs, Fyansford, Leopold, Newtown, and Thomson.[2]

The current Member for Corio, since the 2007 federal election, is Richard Marles, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


For most of the first seven decades after Federation, it was a marginal seat that frequently changed hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. However, Labor has held it without interruption since a 1967 by-election, and since the 1980s it has been one of Labor's safest non-metropolitan seats. Presently, the Liberals need a 7.7 percent swing to win it.[3]

Its most prominent members have been Richard Casey, a leading Cabinet member in the 1930s and later Governor-General; Hubert Opperman, a former cycling champion and a minister in the Menzies government; and Gordon Scholes, who was Speaker during the Whitlam government and a minister in the Hawke government.


Member Party Term
  Richard Crouch Protectionist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Alfred Ozanne Labor 1910–1913
  William Kendell Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  Alfred Ozanne Labor 1914–1917
  John Lister Nationalist 1917–1929
  Arthur Lewis Labor 1929–1931
  Richard Casey United Australia 1931–1940
  John Dedman Labor 1940–1949
  Hubert Opperman Liberal 1949–1967
  Gordon Scholes Labor 1967–1993
  Gavan O'Connor Labor 1993–2007
  Independent 2007–2007
  Richard Marles Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Corio[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Richard Marles 39,267 43.51 −7.44
Liberal Peter Read 31,768 35.20 +3.31
Greens Greg Lacey 6,593 7.31 −5.06
Palmer United Tony Harrington 5,122 5.68 +5.68
Sex Party Justine Martin 2,492 2.76 +2.76
Independent Stephanie Asher 1,958 2.17 +2.17
Family First Brendan Fenn 1,461 1.62 −1.94
Socialist Alliance Sue Bull 679 0.75 −0.35
Christians Patrick Atherton 549 0.61 +0.61
Rise Up Australia Yann Legrand 364 0.40 +0.40
Total formal votes 90,253 94.70 −0.84
Informal votes 5,049 5.30 +0.84
Turnout 95,302 94.21 +0.13
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Richard Marles 52,117 57.75 −5.72
Liberal Peter Read 38,136 42.25 +5.72
Labor hold Swing −5.72


  1. ^ a b "Two Party Preferred by division for Corio, Vic". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Corio (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "2013 Federal Post-Election Pendulum". Election Blog. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°59′49″S 144°22′52″E / 37.997°S 144.381°E / -37.997; 144.381