Division of Cook

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of COOK 2016.png
Division of Cook in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPScott Morrison
NamesakeJames Cook
Joseph Cook
Electors104,340 (2016)
Area94 km2 (36.3 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Cook is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1969 and was named for James Cook, who mapped the east coast of Australia in 1770. In 2006, the Australian Electoral Commission's Redistribution Committee for New South Wales proposed that the division be jointly named for Joseph Cook, who was Australia's prime minister in 1913-14.[1]

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.

The current Member for Cook, since the 2007 federal election, is Scott Morrison, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, who was elected leader of the Liberal Party and the Prime Minister of Australia on 24 August 2018.


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.

For most of the first quarter-century of its existence, it was a marginal Liberal seat; it has been in Liberal hands for all but one term. 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. Successive redistributions have pushed it further into the wealthier portions of Sutherland Shire, helping the Liberals consolidate their hold on the seat.

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) 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 and the current member, Scott Morrison MP, the Current Prime Minister of Australia.

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;[2] although these allegations were subsequently proven false.[3] 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.[4] Morrison won the seat at the election and is the current sitting member.


Member Party Term
  Don Dobie Liberal 1969–1972
  Ray Thorburn Labor 1972–1975
  Don Dobie Liberal 1975–1996
  Stephen Mutch Liberal 1996–1998
  Bruce Baird Liberal 1998–2007
  Scott Morrison Liberal 2007–present


Controversy erupted in March 2019 when it was revealed that Scott Morrison, member for Cook and 30th Prime Minister of Australia had reportedly experienced a bout of faecal incontinence at an Engadine McDonald's following the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 1997 Super League loss to the Brisbane Broncos. [5] An investigation was launched, including interviews with members of Morrison's cabinet. [6] To date it is not clear whether the story has any substance or is pure fabrication.

Election Results[edit]

2016 Australian federal election: Cook[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Scott Morrison 53,321 58.35 −1.41
Labor David Atkins 24,283 26.57 +0.44
Greens Nathan Hunt 6,198 6.78 +0.89
Christian Democrats George Capsis 4,430 4.85 +2.87
Independent John Brett 3,153 3.45 +3.45
Total formal votes 91,385 94.83 +1.95
Informal votes 4,983 5.17 −1.95
Turnout 96,368 92.36 −2.58
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Scott Morrison 59,760 65.39 −0.32
Labor David Atkins 31,625 34.61 +0.32
Liberal hold Swing −0.32


  1. ^ "The 2006 Proposed Redistribution of New South Wales into 49 Electoral Divisions : Report of the Redistribution Committee" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 2006. p. 36.
  2. ^ "Liberal Party disendorses Michael Towke" (transcript). PM (ABC Radio). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 August 2007.
  3. ^ Sheehan, Paul (26 October 2009). "Nasty saga you nearly missed". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ http://psephos.adam-carr.net/countries/a/australia/2007seats/cook.shtml
  5. ^ "Did Scott Morrison Shit Himself At Engadine Maccas In 1997? An Investigation". Pedestrian TV. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. ^ "We Asked Treasurer Josh Frydenberg About The Infamous Engadine Maccas Incident in '97". Triple M. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  7. ^ Cook, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 34°01′52″S 151°06′00″E / 34.031°S 151.100°E / -34.031; 151.100