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Swan
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Swan (green) in Western Australia
Created 1901
MP Steve Irons
Party Liberal
Namesake Swan River
Electors 95,287 (2013)
Area 126 km2 (48.6 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Swan is an Australian electoral division located in Western Australia. The division is named after the Swan River.

It was one of the 75 divisions set up for the first federal election in 1901. Historically, the electorate was a country seat extending north to Dongara, east to Merredin and south to the coast. New boundaries created a smaller area east of the Darling Range. The old area became the new seat of Moore, while Swan moved to its present position.

It covers the suburbs of Ascot, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Burswood, Cannington, Carlisle, Cloverdale, Como, East Cannington, East Victoria Park, Ferndale, Karawara, Kensington, Kewdale, Langford, Lathlain, Lynward, Manning, Queens Park, Redcliffe, Rivervale, Salter Point, St James, South Perth, Victoria Park, Waterford, Welshpool and Wilson.

Members

Member Party Term
  Sir John Forrest Protectionist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1918
  Edwin Corboy Labor 1918–1919
  John Prowse Country 1919–1922
  Henry Gregory Country 1922–1940
  Thomas Marwick Country 1940–1943
  Independent Country 1943–1943
  Don Mountjoy Labor 1943–1946
  Len Hamilton Country 1946–1949
  Bill Grayden Liberal 1949–1954
  Harry Webb Labor 1954–1955
  Richard Cleaver Liberal 1955–1969
  Adrian Bennett Labor 1969–1975
  John Martyr Liberal 1975–1980
  Kim Beazley Labor 1980–1996
  Don Randall Liberal 1996–1998
  Kim Wilkie Labor 1998–2007
  Steve Irons Liberal 2007–present

Sir John Forrest had been the Premier of Western Australia. His death in 1918 led to a by-election in 1918. Kim Beazley served as a Minister in the Bob Hawke Government. He became Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001, and from 2005 to 2006. He was also Deputy Prime Minister in 1995 and 1996. After retiring from politics he became the Australian Ambassador to the United States.

Election results


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