Division of Cook
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||94 km2 (36.3 sq mi)|
The division is located in the southern suburbs of Sydney, including Beverley Park, Burraneer, Caringbah, Caringbah South, Carss Park, Cronulla, Dolans Bay, Dolls Point, Greenhills Beach, Gymea Bay, Kangaroo Point, Kogarah Bay, Kurnell, Kyle Bay, Lilli Pilli, Miranda, Monterey, Port Hacking, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Sylvania Waters, Taren Point, Woolooware, and Yowie Bay; as well as parts of Blakehurst, Connells Point, Gymea, Kogarah, and Sylvania.
Cook was created in 1969, mostly out of the Liberal-leaning areas of neighbouring Hughes. It was thus a natural choice for that seat's one-term Liberal member, Don Dobie, to transfer after his majority in Hughes was redistributed away.
Originally a marginal Liberal seat, successive redistributions have pushed it further into the wealthier portions of Sutherland Shire. The Liberal margin blew out in their massive 1996 victory, and since then it has been a "blue ribbon" safe seat for the Liberal Party.
The most prominent members were Dobie, who held the seat from its 1969 creation until his retirement in 1996 (with a brief break from 1972 to 1975) and Bruce Baird, a former Deputy leader of the Liberal Party of New South Wales before his move into Federal politics with his election in Cook. In 2007, following news of Baird's impending retirement, the seat attracted significant media attention due to the controversial preselection of Liberal candidate Michael Towke. Allegations surfaced that Towke had engaged in branch-stacking and had embellished his resume; although these allegations were subsequently proven false. In August 2007, Towke was disendorsed as the Liberal candidate, and was replaced with Scott Morrison, a former director of the New South Wales Liberal Party. Morrison won the seat at the election and is the current sitting member.
|Christian Democrats||George Capsis||4,430||4.85||+2.87|
|Total formal votes||91,385||94.83||+1.95|
- "Liberal Party disendorses Michael Towke" (transcript). PM (ABC Radio). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 August 2007.
- Sheehan, Paul (26 October 2009). "Nasty saga you nearly missed". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Cook, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.