Division of Cowan

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of COWAN 2016.png
Division of Cowan in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1984
MP Anne Aly
Party Labor
Namesake Edith Cowan
Electors 96,251 (2016)
Area 180 km2 (69.5 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Cowan is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament. It is located in the northern suburbs of Perth, including the suburbs of Girrawheen, Greenwood, Landsdale and Marangaroo. It is a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party.

At the 2007 election, the retirement of sitting member Graham Edwards resulted in Labor losing the seat to the Luke Simpkins, the Liberal candidate. Simpkins retained Cowan by defeating Labor candidate Liz Prime and retained the seat at the 2010 and 2013 election. A redistribution in 2015 saw Cowan undergo a significant boundary change which saw the Liberal margin drop from 7.5% to 4.5%. The redistribution saw Labor target the seat at the upcoming 2016 election. At that election the Labor candidate, Anne Aly, successfully became the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives by narrowly defeating Luke Simpkins.


Cowan covers an area from Tapping and Wanneroo in the north to Kiara and Lockridge in the south. The division covers parts of the City of Wanneroo and the City of Swan and a minor portion of the City of Joondalup. It includes the suburbs of:[1]


Member Party Term
  Carolyn Jakobsen Labor 1984–1993
  Richard Evans Liberal 1993–1998
  Graham Edwards Labor 1998–2007
  Luke Simpkins Liberal 2007–2016
  Anne Aly Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Cowan[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Luke Simpkins 34,405 42.22 −4.36
Labor Anne Aly 33,966 41.68 +6.90
Greens Sheridan Young 6,193 7.60 −0.18
Christians Rex Host 2,680 3.29 +0.90
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Jamie Chester 2,288 2.81 +2.81
Liberal Democrats Neil Hamilton 1,096 1.34 +1.34
Mature Australia Steve Veness 868 1.07 +1.07
Total formal votes 81,496 94.53 +0.09
Informal votes 4,712 5.47 −0.09
Turnout 86,208 89.57 −2.10
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anne Aly 41,301 50.68 +5.20
Liberal Luke Simpkins 40,195 49.32 −5.20
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +5.20


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Cowan (WA)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Cowan, WA, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 31°46′55″S 115°50′46″E / 31.782°S 115.846°E / -31.782; 115.846