Division of Cowan
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||180 km2 (69.5 sq mi)|
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 Luke Simpkins, the Liberal candidate. Simpkins retained Cowan by defeating Labor candidate Liz Prime and retained the seat at the 2010 and 2013 elections. 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 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:
|Labor||1 December 1984 –
13 March 1993
|Liberal||13 March 1993 –
3 October 1998
|Labor||3 October 1998 –
17 October 2007
|Previously a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council. Retired|
|Liberal||24 November 2007 –
2 July 2016
|Labor||2 July 2016 –
|One Nation||Sheila Mundy||4,153||5.51||+5.51|
|United Australia||Peter Westcott||1,860||2.47||+2.47|
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||Paul Bedford||1,293||1.71||−1.10|
|Total formal votes||75,427||97.10||+0.21|
Results are not final. Last updated 7:00pm AEST on 23 May 2019.