Division of Wannon

Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Wannon in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Dan Tehan
Party Liberal
Namesake Wannon River
Electors 99,213 (2016)
Area 33,854 km2 (13,071.1 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Wannon is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the south-west of the state, and encompasses most of the Western District of the state. It adjoins the South Australian border in the west, and the Bass Strait coast in the south. The Division encompasses the towns of Warrnambool, Portland, Ararat, Hamilton and Halls Gap. The Grampians and the Port Campbell National Parks are in the Division. Maryborough and Avoca became part of Wannon at the 2013 federal election due to a redistribution that took place on 24 December 2010.

The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. The Division was named after the Wannon River. For the first half-century after Federation, it regularly traded hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. However, a 1955 redistribution removed most of the seat's Labor-friendly territory, and it has been a safe Liberal seat since then.

The seat's most notable member was former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, to date the last Prime Minister from a country seat. His successor, David Hawker, was Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives during the last term of the Howard Government. Hawker retired in 2010 and was succeeded by current member Dan Tehan.


  Samuel Cooke Free Trade 1901–1903
  Arthur Robinson Free Trade 1903–1906
  John McDougall Labour 1906–1913
  Arthur Rodgers Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  John McNeill Labor 1922–1925
  Arthur Rodgers Nationalist 1925–1929
  John McNeill Labor 1929–1931
  Thomas Scholfield United Australia 1931–1940
  Don McLeod Labor 1940–1949
  Dan Mackinnon Liberal 1949–1951
  Don McLeod Labor 1951–1955
  Malcolm Fraser Liberal 1955–1983
  David Hawker Liberal 1983–2010
  Dan Tehan Liberal 2010–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Wannon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Dan Tehan 47,513 53.23 −0.50
Labor Michael Barling 27,411 30.71 +1.18
Greens Thomas Campbell 7,264 8.14 +1.71
Independent Michael McCluskey 4,048 4.54 +4.54
Independent Bernardine Atkinson 3,019 3.38 +3.38
Total formal votes 89,255 96.04 +0.03
Informal votes 3,681 3.96 −0.03
Turnout 92,936 93.67 −1.94
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Dan Tehan 52,625 58.96 −1.11
Labor Michael Barling 36,630 41.04 +1.11
Liberal hold Swing −1.11


  1. Wannon, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°42′11″S 142°26′53″E / 37.703°S 142.448°E / -37.703; 142.448

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