Division of Tangney

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Tangney (green) in Western Australia
Created 1974
MP Dennis Jensen
Party Liberal
Namesake Dorothy Tangney
Electors 94,848 (2013)
Area 96 km2 (37.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Tangney is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. The Division was named after Dame Dorothy Tangney, the first female member of the Australian Senate, and is at present a safe Liberal seat held by Dr Dennis Jensen, a physicist and defence analyst, since the retirement of high-profile former Attorney General Daryl Williams at the 2004 election.


Tangney was established at the Western Australia redistribution of 19 April 1974 and was first contested at the 1974 election. Until the 1984 redistribution, the seat included a much wider area including the traditional Labor areas of Spearwood and Gosnells, and the seat was a bellwether seat represented by the party of government. In 1984, the seat was confined to its present borders and has been held by the Liberal Party ever since.

It was first held by John Dawkins, later a Treasurer of Australia (as Member for Fremantle), and was held from 1993 until 2004 by Daryl Williams, former Attorney-General of Australia and Rhodes Scholar.[1]

The seat briefly made national headlines in August 2006 when Matt Brown, once a chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister Robert Hill, defeated incumbent MP Dr Dennis Jensen for preselection, despite support for the latter from John Howard. However, on 7 October 2006, the decision was overturned by the Liberals' Western Australian state council and Jensen was once again confirmed as the candidate for the 2007 election.[2]


The seat presently contains most of the City of Melville and a considerable portion of the City of Canning and is located south of the Swan and Canning rivers. Suburbs presently included are:


Member Party Term
  John Dawkins Labor 1974–1975
  Peter Richardson Liberal 1975–1977
  Progress 1977–1977
  Peter Shack Liberal 1977–1983
  George Gear Labor 1983–1984
  Peter Shack Liberal 1984–1993
  Daryl Williams Liberal 1993–2004
  Dennis Jensen Liberal 2004–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Tangney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dennis Jensen 48,752 57.17 +1.48
Labor Luke Willis 20,744 24.33 -1.47
Greens Peter Best 8,882 10.42 -3.07
Palmer United Wayne Driver 3,738 4.38 +4.38
Christians John Wieske 2,236 2.62 +2.62
Rise Up Australia Stephen Carson 922 1.08 +1.08
Total formal votes 85,274 95.88 -0.69
Informal votes 3,707 4.17 +0.69
Turnout 88,981 93.81 -0.41
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Dennis Jensen 55,144 64.67 +2.35
Labor Luke Willis 30,130 35.33 -2.35
Liberal hold Swing +2.35


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Coordinates: 32°03′11″S 115°52′08″E / 32.053°S 115.869°E / -32.053; 115.869