Division of Corio

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of CORIO 2016.png
Division of Corio in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Richard Marles
Party Labor
Namesake Corio Bay
Electors 107,808 (2016)
Area 989 km2 (381.9 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Corio is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division is one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. Named for Corio Bay, it has always been based on the city of Geelong, although in the past it stretched as far east as the outer western suburbs of Melbourne.

The division comprises an area of 989 square kilometres (382 sq mi) from the western shores of Port Phillip Bay, stretching to the north of Geelong and inland and covering most of the Bellarine Peninsula. Besides Geelong, it includes Avalon, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Breakwater, Corio, Curlewis, Drysdale, East Geelong, North Geelong, South Geelong, Geelong West, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Lara, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Moolap, Newcomb, Norlane, North Shore, Portarlington, St Albans Park, St Leonards, Rippleside and Whittington; and parts of Anakie, Batesford, Clifton Springs, Fyansford, Leopold, Newtown, and Thomson.[1]

The current Member for Corio, since the 2007 federal election, is Richard Marles, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Corio Bay, the division's namesake

For most of the first seven decades after Federation, it was a marginal seat that frequently changed hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. However, Labor has held it without interruption since a 1967 by-election, and since the 1980s it has been one of Labor's safest non-metropolitan seats. Presently, the Liberals need a 10 percent swing to win it, up from 7.7 percent at the time the writs were dropped for the 2016 election.[2]

Its most prominent members have been Richard Casey, a leading Cabinet member in the 1930s and later Governor-General; John Dedman, a Chifley government minister; Hubert Opperman, a former cycling champion and a minister in the Menzies government; and Gordon Scholes, who was Speaker during the Whitlam government and a minister in the Hawke government.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  YoungCrouch.JPG Richard Crouch
Protectionist 29 March 1901
26 May 1909
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Corangamite in 1929
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
  Alfred Ozanne.jpg Alfred Ozanne
Labor 13 April 1910
31 May 1913
Lost seat
  William Kendell.jpg William Kendell
Commonwealth Liberal 31 May 1913
5 September 1914
Lost seat. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in 1916
  Alfred Ozanne.jpg Alfred Ozanne
Labor 5 September 1914
5 May 1917
Lost seat
  John Henry Lister.jpg John Lister
Nationalist 5 May 1917
12 October 1929
Lost seat
  Arthur Lewis.jpg Arthur Lewis
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1931
Lost seat
  Richard Casey 1940.jpg Richard Casey
United Australia 19 December 1931
30 January 1940
Served as minister under Lyons, Page and Menzies. Resigned in order to become the Australian Ambassador to the United States. Later elected to the Division of La Trobe in 1949
  John Dedman.jpg John Dedman
Labor 2 March 1940
10 December 1949
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Lost seat
  HubertOpperman1965.jpg Hubert Opperman
Liberal 10 December 1949
10 June 1967
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Menzies. Served as minister under Menzies and Holt. Resigned to become the High Commissioner to Malta
  Gordon Scholes HD-SC-98-07512.jpg Gordon Scholes
Labor 22 July 1967
8 February 1993
Served as Speaker during the Whitlam and Fraser Governments. Served as minister under Hawke. Retired
  Gavan O'Connor MP 2005.jpg Gavan O'Connor
Labor 13 March 1993
18 October 2007
Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Independent 18 October 2007 –
24 November 2007
  Richard Marles crop.jpg Richard Marles
Labor 24 November 2007
Served as minister under Rudd. Incumbent

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Corio[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Richard Marles 43,087 45.63 +2.12
Liberal Richard Lange 33,180 35.14 −0.06
Greens Sarah Mansfield 11,112 11.77 +4.46
Animal Justice Jamie Overend 2,948 3.12 +3.12
Rise Up Australia Ash Puvimanasinghe 1,869 1.98 +1.58
Bullet Train Jeff Moran 1,138 1.21 +1.21
Socialist Alliance Sue Bull 1,101 1.17 +0.42
Total formal votes 94,435 95.39 +0.69
Informal votes 4,561 4.61 −0.69
Turnout 98,996 91.83 −2.33
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Richard Marles 56,656 59.99 +2.24
Liberal Richard Lange 37,779 40.01 −2.24
Labor hold Swing +2.24


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Corio (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "2013 Federal Post-Election Pendulum". Election Blog. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  3. ^ Corio, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

  • Division of Corio - Australian Electoral Commission

Coordinates: 37°59′49″S 144°22′52″E / 37.997°S 144.381°E / -37.997; 144.381

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