Dennis Jensen, since 2004.
Southern Perth. Tangney includes a number of suburbs on the southern shore of the Swan River and Canning River. Tangney covers most of Melville council area, the southern half of Canning council area, and a smaller part of Gosnells council. Suburbs include Alfred Cove, Attadale, Melville, Applecross, Mount Pleasant, Winthrop, Leeming, Willetton, Canning Vale, Rossmoyne and Shelley.
Tangney was created at the 1974 redistribution. The Liberal Party has dominated the seat, winning Tangney at all but two elections.
Tangney was first won in 1974 by 27-year-old John Dawkins, running for the ALP. Dawkins only held the seat for one term, losing it in 1975. Dawkins later won the seat of Fremantle in 1977 and served as a cabinet minister in the Hawke government and then Treasurer in the Keating government until his retirement in 1993.
The Liberal Party’s Peter Richardson won Tangney in 1975. Richardson left the Liberal Party in 1977 and joined the minor Progress Party, a libertarian pro-market party founded by John Singleton. He ran for the Senate in 1977, but failed to win a seat.
Tangney was won in 1977 by Liberal candidate Peter Shack. He held the seat until 1983, when he lost the seat to the ALP’s George Gear. Gear only held the seat for one term, before transferring to Canning in 1984. He later served as Assistant Treasurer from 1993 to 1996, and lost Canning at the 1996 election.
In 1984, Tangney was won back by Peter Shack. He held it for the next decade, before retiring in 1993.
Tangney was won in 1993 by barrister Daryl Williams, also from the Liberal Party. Williams was appointed Attorney-General upon the election of the Howard government in 1996. He served in the role until 2003, when he became Minister for Communications. He retired from Parliament in 2004.
In 2004, Tangney was won by Dennis Jensen. He is a prominent climate change skeptic, and was often the loudest voice criticising action on climate change in the Parliament. In 2006, he lost his preselection, but this was overturned after intervention by John Howard, and he was re-elected in 2007, and again in 2010.
- Stephen Andrew Carson (Rise Up Australia)
- Dennis Jensen (Liberal)
- Wayne Driver (Palmer United Party)
- Luke Willis (Labor)
- John Wieske (Australian Christians)
- Peter Best (Greens)
Tangney is a safe Liberal seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. Those polling places in the Melville council area were divided into North-West and West. Those polling places in Canning and Gosnells council areas were divided into East and South-East.
The Liberal Party won a majority in all four areas, ranging from 57.2% in the east to 67.6% in the north-west. The Greens vote ranges from 11.1% in the south-east to 13.9% in the east.
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