Division of Corangamite

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Corangamite 2019.png
Division of Corangamite in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPSarah Henderson
NamesakeLake Corangamite
Electors110,277 (2016)
Area5,441 km2 (2,100.8 sq mi)

The Division of Corangamite is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lake Corangamite, although the lake no longer falls within the division's boundaries.

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 east, the electorate runs down the surf coast to include Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Grovedale, Highton, Lorne, Ocean Grove, Wye River and Torquay. The electorate includes the rural centre of Colac, as well as all the suburbs of Geelong south of the Barwon River.[1]

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


Lake Corangamite (in the background), the division's namesake

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 by less than one percent at the 2007 federal election for the first time since 1929, and only the third time ever. It was retained by Labor on less than half a percent in 2010, but returned to the Liberals in 2013.

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.[2]

In 2018, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) published its report on the proposed redistribution of Victoria's federal divisions. The report proposed renaming Corangamite to Cox, after swimming instructor May Cox. Incumbent MP Sarah Henderson said the new name "has already prompted some ridicule on social media".[3] In the commission's final determination, the decision was made to retain the name of Corangamite.[4]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Chester Manifold.jpg Chester Manifold
Protectionist 29 March 1901
23 November 1903
  Gratton Wilson.jpg Gratton Wilson
Free Trade/Anti-Socialist 16 December 1903
26 May 1909
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Villiers and Heytesbury. Lost seat
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
  JamesScullin1910.png James Scullin
Labor 13 April 1910
31 May 1913
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Yarra in 1922
  Chester Manifold.jpg Chester Manifold
Commonwealth Liberal 31 May 1913
17 February 1917
Died in office
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
30 October 1918
  William Gerrand Gibson.jpg William Gibson
Victorian Farmers' Union/Country 14 December 1918
12 October 1929
Served as minister under Bruce. Lost seat
  RCrouch.JPG Richard Crouch
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1931
Previously held the Division of Corio. Lost seat
  William Gerrand Gibson.jpg William Gibson
Country 19 December 1931
7 August 1934
Transferred to the Senate
  Geoffrey Street.jpg Geoffrey Street
United Australia 15 September 1934
13 August 1940
Served as minister under Lyons, Page and Menzies. Died in office. Son is Tony Street
  Allan McDonald.jpg Allan McDonald
United Australia 21 September 1940
21 February 1945
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Polwarth. Served as minister under Menzies and Fadden. Died in office
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
10 June 1953
  DanMackinnon1964.jpg Dan Mackinnon
Liberal 29 August 1953
31 October 1966
Previously held the Division of Wannon. Retired
  AnthonyAustinStreet.png Tony Street
Liberal 26 November 1966
18 January 1984
Served as minister under Fraser. Resigned in order to retire from politics. Father was Geoffrey Street
  No image.svg Stewart McArthur
Liberal 18 February 1984
24 November 2007
Lost seat
  Darren Cheeseman.jpg Darren Cheeseman
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of South Barwon in 2018
  Sarah Henderson 2016.jpg Sarah Henderson
Liberal 7 September 2013

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Corangamite[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sarah Henderson 45,687 46.42 −1.83
Labor Libby Coker 30,267 30.75 −1.28
Greens Patchouli Paterson 11,273 11.45 −0.41
Justice Patrice Nelson 3,039 3.09 +3.09
Family First Alan Barron 1,906 1.94 +0.96
Animal Justice Andy Meddick 1,739 1.77 +1.77
Independent Michael Lawrence 1,519 1.54 +1.54
Drug Law Reform Courtney Dalton 1,269 1.29 +1.29
Liberal Democrats Louis Rowe 871 0.89 +0.89
Rise Up Australia Nick Steel 847 0.86 +0.57
Total formal votes 98,417 95.00 −0.57
Informal votes 5,181 5.00 +0.57
Turnout 103,598 93.94 −1.60
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Sarah Henderson 52,291 53.13 −0.81
Labor Libby Coker 46,126 46.87 +0.81
Liberal hold Swing −0.81


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Corangamite (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. ^ Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Corangamite results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Proposal to change Corangamite's name and boundaries". Surf Coast Times. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  5. ^ Corangamite, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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