Richard Marles, since 2007.
Geelong and surrounding areas. Corio covers most of the Geelong urban area and those parts of the City of Greater Geelong north of the centre of Geelong. The seat also stretches along the north coast of the Bellarine Peninsula.
Corio previously only covered a smaller part of the Bellarine Peninsula with the tip of the peninsula contained in Corangamite. Corio expanded along the peninsula to reach the Queenscliff council boundary. This reduced the ALP margin from 14.2% to 13.5%.
The seat of Corio is an original federation seat. It was originally a marginal seat, switching between conservative parties and the ALP, but since the 1970s it has become a relatively safe Labor seat.
Corio was first won in 1901 by Richard Crouch, a Protectionist candidate and the youngest member of the first Parliament. He was re-elected in 1903 and 1906 before losing in 1910. He later returned at a much older age to hold the neighbouring seat of Corangamite for the ALP from 1929 to 1931.
Corio was won in 1910 by the ALP’s Alfred Ozanne. He lost in 1913 to Liberal candidate William Kendell, but won the seat back in 1914. Ozanne lost again in 1917.
The seat was won in 1917 by Nationalist candidate John Lister. He held the seat for the next decade, losing in 1929.
The seat of Corio was won by Labor candidate Arthur Lewis in 1929, but he only held it for one term before losing to the United Australia Party’s Richard Casey.
Casey joined the Lyons ministry in 1933, and became Treasurer in 1935. When Robert Menzies became Prime Minister in 1939, he saw Casey as a rival for the leadership, and moved him into a lesser role, before appointing him as Ambassador to the United States. Casey played a key role in cementing Australia’s alliance with the United States in the Second World War.
He returned to Parliament as Member for La Trobe in 1949, and served as a key minister in the Menzies government until his appointment as a member of the House of Lords in 1960. He also served as Governor-General from 1965 to 1969.
The 1940 Corio by-election was won by the ALP’s John Dedman. He was appointed to the ministry upon the formation of the Curtin Labor government in 1941, and served in a key role in the War Cabinet. He was particularly responsible for war production, post-war reconstruction and the creation of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He lost Corio in 1949 to Liberal candidate Hubert Opperman.
Opperman had been a prominent Australian cyclist, and had rode in the Tour de France on a number of occasions. He served as a Cabinet minister from 1960 to late 1966, before leaving Parliament in 1967 to serve as High Commissioner to Malta.
The 1967 Corio by-election was won by the ALP’s Gordon Scholes. Scholes was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in early 1975 after the resignation of his predecessor after a disagreement with the Whitlam government. Scholes served in the role for the remainder of the Whitlam government. He served as a minister in the Hawke government from its election in 1983 until 1987, and retired in 1993.
Corio was won in 1993 by Gavan O’Connor. He joined the Labor frontbench in 1998 and served on the role until 2007. In 2006 he was challenged for preselection by ACTU Assistant Secretary Richard Marles, who won. O’Connor ran as an independent for Corio in 2007, but polled a distant third.
After winning Corio in 2007, Marles served on the backbench until he was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary in 2009. Marles served in a number of roles as a Parliamentary Secretary until he resigned from the role in March 2013 after supporting a campaign to see Kevin Rudd challenge for the Labor leadership.
- Tony Harrington (Palmer United Party)
- Yann Legrand (Rise Up Australia)
- Richard Marles (Labor)
- Brendan Fenn (Family First)
- Peter Read (Liberal)
- Sue Bull (Socialist Alliance)
- Patrick Atherton (Australian Christians)
- Greg Lacey (Greens)
- Stephanie Asher (Independent)
- Justine Deborah Martin (Sex Party)
Corio is a safe Labor seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. “East” covers the small number of booths scattered around the Bellarine peninsula. “North” covers the small number of booths in the northern parts of the seat, along with those on the northern edge of the Geelong urban area, including Corio and Norlane.
The main bulk of the population in the Geelong urban area is split between “West” and “Central”, with the Geelong CBD in Central and the suburbs to the north-west of the CBD in West.
The ALP’s majority varied from 56.6% in the east to 73% in the north. The Greens vote varied from 10% in the east to 14% in the centre.
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