Division of Corangamite

Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Corangamite in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Sarah Henderson
Party Liberal
Namesake Lake Corangamite
Electors 110,297 (2016)
Area 7,625 km2 (2,944.0 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Corangamite is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lake Corangamite.

The division is located in the Western district of Victoria covering 7,624 square kilometres (2,944 sq mi). It is a mixed electorate, including the growing surf coast area, the southern suburbs of Geelong as well as rural areas to the west. Starting at Queenscliff in the north, the electorate runs down the surf coast to include Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Grovedale, Highton, Lorne, Ocean Grove and Torquay. The electorate includes the rural centre of Colac, as well as all the suburbs of Geelong south of the Barwon River.[1]

The current Member for Corangamite, since the 2013 federal election, is Sarah Henderson, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Until the 1930s it was usually a marginal seat which leaned toward the conservative parties, but was won by the Australian Labor Party during high-tide elections. In 1918, it was the first seat won by what would become the Country Party.

It was held by the Liberals (and their immediate predecessor, the United Australia Party) without interruption from 1934 to 2007. A reasonably safe seat for most of the time from the 1950s to the 1990s, it became increasingly less safe from 1998 onward as successive redistributions pushed it further into Geelong. This resulted in the seat falling to Labor by less than one percent at the 2007 federal election for the first time since 1929, and only the third time ever. It was retained by Labor on less than half a percent in 2010, but returned to the Liberals in 2013.

Prominent members include James Scullin, who later became the Prime Minister of Australia in 1929-32; Fraser Government Minister Tony Street, and longtime Liberal backbencher Stewart McArthur.[2]


  Chester Manifold Protectionist 1901–1903
  Gratton Wilson Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  James Scullin Labour 1910–1913
  Chester Manifold Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1918
  William Gibson Country 1918–1929
  Richard Crouch Labor 1929–1931
  William Gibson Country 1931–1934
  Geoffrey Street United Australia 1934–1940
  Allan McDonald United Australia 1940–1944
  Liberal 1944–1953
  Dan Mackinnon Liberal 1953–1966
  Tony Street Liberal 1966–1984
  Stewart McArthur Liberal 1984–2007
  Darren Cheeseman Labor 2007–2013
  Sarah Henderson Liberal 2013–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Corangamite[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sarah Henderson 45,687 46.42 −1.83
Labor Libby Coker 30,267 30.75 −1.28
Greens Patchouli Paterson 11,273 11.45 −0.41
Justice Patrice Nelson 3,039 3.09 +3.09
Family First Alan Barron 1,906 1.94 +0.96
Animal Justice Andy Meddick 1,739 1.77 +1.77
Independent Michael Lawrence 1,519 1.54 +1.54
Drug Law Reform Courtney Dalton 1,269 1.29 +1.29
Liberal Democrats Louis Rowe 871 0.89 +0.89
Rise Up Australia Nick Steel 847 0.86 +0.57
Total formal votes 98,417 95.00 −0.57
Informal votes 5,181 5.00 +0.57
Turnout 103,598 93.93 −1.61
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Sarah Henderson 52,291 53.13 −0.81
Labor Libby Coker 46,126 46.87 +0.81
Liberal hold Swing −0.81


  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Corangamite (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Corangamite results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  3. Corangamite, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 38°14′35″S 143°49′16″E / 38.243°S 143.821°E / -38.243; 143.821

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