Luke Simpkins, since 2007.
Cowan covers parts of the northern suburbs of Perth. These include the suburbs of Ballajura, Marangaroo, Girrawheen, Greenwood, Kingsley, Woodvale, Wanneroo and Banksia Grove.
The seat was first created in 1984, and was first won by Carolyn Jakobsen of the ALP. Jakobsen held the seat until she was defeated by Richard Evans of the Liberal Party in 1993.
Evans was himself defeated in 1998 by wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran and former state minister Graham Edwards, standing for the ALP. Edwards was a popular local member and held the seat until he retired at the 2007 election. The Liberals took the opportunity to win the seat off the ALP. Cowan was one of only two seats the Liberals gained in 2007.
Luke Simpkins won the seat in 2007, and gained a 5% swing in 2010, winning a second term.
- Tristan Cockman (Labor)
- David Kingston (Australian Christians)
- Sheila Mundy (Rise Up Australia)
- Adam Collins (Greens)
- Che Tam Nguyen (Family First)
- Vimal Sharma (Palmer United Party)
- Luke Simpkins (Liberal)
Cowan is a marginal seat, but in current circumstances the Liberal Party should comfortably hold on.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. About half of the population lies in Wanneroo council area, and these have been split into Central and North. Those in Joondalup council area have been grouped into “South-West”, and those in Swan council area have been grouped into “South-East”.
The Liberal Party won a majority in all four areas, with the majority varying from 52.3% in the south-east to 60.2% in the south-west.
The Greens polled between 11.6% and 12.6% in the four areas.
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