Division of Cowper
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||7,296 km2 (2,817.0 sq mi)|
The Division of Cowper is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Charles Cowper, an early Premier of New South Wales.
Now covering his Port Macquarie base, former independent MP Rob Oakeshott is contesting Cowper at the 2016 election. Multiple seat-level opinion polls in the seat of Cowper found incumbent National Hartsuyker and independent Oakeshott neck and neck on the two-party vote.
Except for one brief break, the seat has been held by the National Party (previously known as the Country Party) and its predecessors since 1919. Its most prominent member has been Sir Earle Page, former leader of the Country Party and interim Prime Minister of Australia in 1939. He represented Cowper from 1919 to 1961, longer than any other MP who represented one seat for his entire career. It has usually been fairly safe for that party, and became even more so when its more urbanised area (including Page's hometown of Grafton) was shifted to the newly created Division of Page in 1984.
In February 2016, New South Wales federal electoral districts were redistributed. The northern parts of Cowper, from Sapphire Beach to Red Rock were shifted to the division of Page.
|Henry Lee||Free Trade, Anti-Socialist||1903–1906|
|(Sir) Earle Page||Country||1919–1961|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Cowper|
|Palmer United||Rod Jeanneret||5,739||6.64||+6.64|
|Christian Democrats||Bethany McAlpine||2,224||2.57||+0.18|
|Total formal votes||86,378||94.72||−0.95|