Libby Coker, since 2019.
- Candidate summary
- 2019 results
- Booth breakdown
- Results maps
Corangamite previously covered a larger rural area, but contracted to cover a smaller area around Geelong. Apollo Bay, Lorne and Aireys Inlet were transferred to Wannon, while Meredith, Teesdale and Lethbridge were transferred to Ballarat. These changes slightly reduced the Labor margin from 1.1% to 1.0%.
Corangamite was an original federation division, and a seat which changed hands often in early years, before becoming a solid conservative seat in the latter half of the 20th century.
It’s first member was Chester Manifold of the Protectionists, but he retired due to ill-health at the 1903 election and the seat was won by Grafton Wilson for the Free Traders. Wilson was defeated in 1910 by the ALP’s James Scullin, who held the seat for one term before being defeated by former member Manifold, who returned to contest the seat for the Liberals. Manifold, whose son, Sir Chester, was a state MP and a famed horse-breeder and racing administrator, held the seat until he died at sea in 1918.
The December 1918 by-election saw the first use of preferential voting for the federal parliament. Scullin returned to contest the seat for the ALP, and topped the primary vote, but was comfortably defeated on preferences by the Victorian Farmers Union’s William Gibson. Scullin would subsequently win the seat of Yarra in 1922 and serve as Prime Minister from 1929-32.
Gibson held the seat for the Country Party, serving as Postmaster-General and Minister for Works and Railways until his defeat in 1929 by Labor’s Richard Crouch, who had previously been a Protectionist/Liberal MP for Corio from 1901-1910. Crouch then lost to Gibson in 1931, who served one more term before winning election to the Senate in 1934.
Geoffrey Street of the UAP, who would serve as Defence Minister in Menzies’ first government, won Corangamite in 1934 and held it until his death, along with two other ministers, in a plane crash in 1940.
Allan McDonald, a former state MP, won the seat for the UAP in 1940, and quickly became a minister in the Menzies government. He unsuccessfully contested the UAP leadership in 1941 and 1943, and remained on the backbench when the Liberals returned to power in 1949. He died in 1953, and was succeeded by Daniel Mackinnon, who had previously been MP for Wannon.
Mackinnon retired in 1966, and was succeeded by Tony Street, son of the former member Geoffrey, who served as a minister in various portfolios in the Fraser government and subsequently retired in early 1984.
Stewart McArthur won the seat in 1984, and held it until defeated by the ALP’s Darren Cheeseman in 2007. Cheeseman was re-elected in 2010, and lost to Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson in 2013. Henderson was re-elected in 2016.
Labor’s Libby Coker defeated Henderson at the 2019 election. Henderson returned to parliament later in 2019 after being appointed to fill a vacancy in the Senate.
|Mandy Grimley||Derryn Hinch’s Justice||2,724||2.7||+0.4||2.6|
|Neil Harvey||United Australia Party||2,257||2.2||+2.2||2.2|
|Naomi Adams||Animal Justice||2,143||2.1||-0.1||2.1|
|Ian Erskine||Rise Up Australia||1,117||1.1||-0.1||1.1|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Corangamite have been divided into four areas. Booths in the Geelong urban area have been grouped together, as have those on the Bellarine peninsula. The rural booths in the remainder of the seat have been grouped as “south-west” and “west”.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in Bellarine (53.4%), Geelong (54.9%) and the south-west (58.1%) while the Liberal Party won 50.6% in the west.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|