Division of Corangamite

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Corangamite 2013.png
Division of Corangamite (green) in Victoria
Created 1901
MP Sarah Henderson
Party Liberal
Namesake Lake Corangamite
Electors 101,728 (2013)[1]
Area 7,625 km2 (2,944.0 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Corangamite is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lake Corangamite.

The division is located in the Western district of Victoria covering 7,624 square kilometres (2,944 sq mi). It is a mixed electorate, including the growing surf coast area, the southern suburbs of Geelong as well as rural areas to the west. Starting at Queenscliff in the north, the electorate runs down the surf coast to include Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Grovedale, Highton, Lorne, Ocean Grove and Torquay. The electorate includes the rural centre of Colac, as well as all the suburbs of Geelong south of the Barwon River.[2]

The current Member for Corangamite, since the 2013 federal election, is Sarah Henderson, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Until the 1930s it was usually a marginal seat which leaned toward the conservative parties, but was won by the Australian Labor Party during high-tide elections. In 1918, it was the first seat won by what would become the Country Party.

It was held by the Liberals (and their immediate predecessor, the United Australia Party) without interruption from 1934 to 2007. A reasonably safe seat for most of the time from the 1950s to the 1990s, it became increasingly less safe from 1998 onward as successive redistributions pushed it further into Geelong. This resulted in the seat falling to Labor at the 2007 federal election for the first time since 1929, and only the third time ever. It was narrowly held by Labor in 2010, but returned to the Liberal Party in the 2013 election.

Prominent members include James Scullin, who later became the Prime Minister of Australia in 1929-32; Fraser Government Minister Tony Street, and longtime Liberal backbencher Stewart McArthur.[3]


Member Party Term
  Chester Manifold Protectionist 1901–1903
  Gratton Wilson Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  James Scullin Labour 1910–1913
  Chester Manifold Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1918
  William Gibson Country 1918–1929
  Richard Crouch Labor 1929–1931
  William Gibson Country 1931–1934
  Geoffrey Street United Australia 1934–1940
  Allan McDonald United Australia 1940–1944
  Liberal 1944–1953
  Dan Mackinnon Liberal 1953–1966
  Tony Street Liberal 1966–1984
  Stewart McArthur Liberal 1984–2007
  Darren Cheeseman Labor 2007–2013
  Sarah Henderson Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Corangamite[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sarah Henderson 44,778 48.25 +3.15
Labor Darren Cheeseman 29,728 32.03 −7.29
Greens Lloyd Davies 11,007 11.86 +0.34
Palmer United Buddy Rojek 2,026 2.18 +2.18
Sex Party Jayden Millard 1,726 1.86 +1.86
Family First Peter Wray 908 0.98 −0.99
Independent Adrian Whitehead 694 0.75 +0.75
National Andrew Black 598 0.64 +0.64
Christians Alan Barron 499 0.54 +0.54
Country Alliance Warren Jackman 408 0.44 +0.44
Rise Up Australia Helen Rashleigh 273 0.29 +0.29
Protectionist Nick Steel 156 0.17 +0.17
Total formal votes 92,801 95.57 −1.24
Informal votes 4,304 4.43 +1.24
Turnout 97,105 95.59 +0.69
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Sarah Henderson 50,057 53.94 +4.22
Labor Darren Cheeseman 42,744 46.06 −4.22
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +4.22


  1. ^ a b "Two Party Preferred by division for Corangamite, Vic". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Corangamite (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Corangamite results". Australia Votes (Australia: ABC). Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 38°14′35″S 143°49′16″E / 38.243°S 143.821°E / -38.243; 143.821