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Division of Wannon

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Wannon in Victoria, as of the 2022 federal election
MPDan Tehan
NamesakeWannon River
Electors115,858 (2022)
Area33,595 km2 (12,971.1 sq mi)

The Division of Wannon is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria.


Wannon River, the division's namesake

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. The division was named after the Wannon River. For the first half-century after Federation, it regularly traded hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. However, a 1955 redistribution removed most of the seat's Labor-friendly territory, and it has been a safe Liberal seat for most of its history since then.

The seat's most notable member was Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, to date the last prime minister from a country seat. His successor, David Hawker, was Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives during the last term of the Howard Government. Hawker retired in 2010 and was succeeded by Dan Tehan.


Since 1984, federal electoral division boundaries in Australia have been determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[1]

The division is located in the south-west of the state, and encompasses most of the Western District of the state. It adjoins the South Australian border in the west, the Bass Strait coast in the south to Anglesea in the east, and extends north to the Grampians. Following the redistribution on 26 July 2021[2] the division encompasses the towns of Warrnambool, Colac, Portland, Hamilton, and Ararat. The Budj Bim, Great Otway, Lower Glenelg, and Port Campbell National Parks are in the division, as is southern portion of the Grampians National Park.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Samuel Cooke
Free Trade 29 March 1901
23 November 1903
Previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council. Retired
  Arthur Robinson
16 December 1903
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Dundas. Lost seat. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in 1912
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
12 December 1906
  John McDougall
Labor 12 December 1906
31 May 1913
Lost seat
  Arthur Rodgers
Liberal 31 May 1913
17 February 1917
Served as minister under Hughes. Lost seat
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
16 December 1922
  John McNeill
Labor 16 December 1922
14 November 1925
Lost seat
  Arthur Rodgers
Nationalist 14 November 1925
12 October 1929
Lost seat
  John McNeill
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1931
Served as minister under Scullin. Lost seat
  Thomas Scholfield
United Australia 19 December 1931
21 September 1940
Lost seat
  Don McLeod
Labor 21 September 1940
10 December 1949
Lost seat
  Dan Mackinnon
Liberal 10 December 1949
28 April 1951
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Corangamite in 1953
  Don McLeod
Labor 28 April 1951
4 November 1955
  Malcolm Fraser
Liberal 10 December 1955
31 March 1983
Served as minister under Holt, McEwen, Gorton and McMahon. Served as Opposition Leader in 1975. Served as Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983. Resigned to retire from politics
  David Hawker
7 May 1983
19 July 2010
Served as Speaker during the Howard Government. Retired
  Dan Tehan
21 August 2010
Served as minister under Turnbull and Morrison. Incumbent

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Wannon[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dan Tehan 44,948 44.46 −6.63
Independent Alex Dyson 19,504 19.29 +9.64
Labor Gilbert Wilson 19,303 19.09 −6.85
Greens Hilary McAllister 6,444 6.37 −0.39
United Australia Craige Kensen 3,308 3.27 −2.27
One Nation Ronnie Graham 3,275 3.24 +3.24
Independent Graham Garner 2,346 2.32 +2.32
Liberal Democrats Amanda Mead 1,973 1.95 +1.95
Total formal votes 101,101 94.75 −1.47
Informal votes 5,603 5.25 +1.47
Turnout 106,704 92.22 −2.84
Notional two-party-preferred count
Liberal Dan Tehan 59,722 59.07 −1.10
Labor Gilbert Wilson 41,379 40.93 +1.10
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Dan Tehan 54,517 53.92 −6.24
Independent Alex Dyson 46,584 46.08 +46.08
Liberal hold  


  1. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Wannon (Vic)". 13 October 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  3. ^ Wannon, VIC, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

37°42′11″S 142°26′53″E / 37.703°S 142.448°E / -37.703; 142.448

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