Division of Tangney
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Tangney (green) in Western Australia
|Area||96 km2 (37.1 sq mi)|
The Division of Tangney is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia. Eligible voters within the Division elect a single representative, known as the member for Tangney, to the Australian House of Representatives. 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 federal election.
Tangney was established at the Western Australia redistribution of 19 April 1974 and was first contested at the 1974 federal 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.
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.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Tangney|
|Palmer United||Wayne Driver||3,738||4.38||+4.38|
|Rise Up Australia||Stephen Carson||922||1.08||+1.08|
|Total formal votes||85,274||95.88||-0.69|
- "ABC "Australia Votes" - Tangney Electorate Profile".
- "Dumped MP re-endorsed for federal seat". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). AAP. 8 October 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2007.