Division of Swan
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Swan (green) in Western Australia
|Area||126 km2 (48.6 sq mi)|
For several decades, it has been a marginal seat, extending along the Swan and Canning Rivers from the affluent suburbs in the City of South Perth to the west, which typically vote for the Liberal Party, to the City of Belmont to the east and parts of the City of Canning to the south-east, which are more working-class in orientation and typically vote for the Labor Party. A redistribution ahead of the 2010 election has added the strongly Labor-voting suburb of Langford, which was previously within Tangney, which has made it a notionally Labor seat.
The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. Historically, the electorate was a country seat extending north to Dongara, east to Merredin and south to the coast. It contracted to an area east of the Darling Range and became a safe Country Party seat. Prior to the 1949 election, its old area became the new seat of Moore, while Swan moved into approximately its present position, although initially extending as far north-east as Midland.
In the 2007 election, Liberal candidate Steve Irons won the seat with a swing of 0.19%. Irons was the only Coalition challenger to unseat a Labor incumbent in the 2007 election. He was reelected with a slightly increased majority in 2010.
|Sir John Forrest||Protectionist||1901–1909|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Swan|
|Palmer United||Ken Duncan||3,463||4.23||+4.23|
|Family First||Moyna Rapp||797||0.97||−0.26|
|Rise Up Australia||Paul Davies||488||0.60||+0.60|
|Katter's Australian||Noel Avery||421||0.51||+0.51|
|Total formal votes||81,807||94.37||−0.73|