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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Wannon (green) in Victoria
Created 1900
MP Dan Tehan
Party Liberal
Namesake Wannon River
Area 33,854 km2 (13,071.1 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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

It is in the south-west of the state, and includes much of the western part of Victoria. It is next to the South Australian border in the west, and the Bass Strait coast in the south. The Division includes the towns of Warnambool, Portland, Ararat, Hamilton, Stawell and Halls Gap. The Grampians and the Port Campbell National Parks are in the Division. Maryborough and Avoca will become part of Wannon at the 2013 federal election after changes that took place on December 24, 2010.

The Division was one of the 75 divisions drawn up for the first federal election in 1901. It was named after the Wannon River, which had been named by Major Mitchell in 1836.


Member Party Term
  Samuel Cooke Free Trade 1901–1903
  Arthur Robinson Free Trade 1903–1906
  John McDougall Labor 1906–1913
  Arthur Rodgers Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  John McNeill Labor 1922–1925
  Arthur Rodgers Nationalist 1925–1929
  John McNeill Labor 1929–1931
  Thomas Scholfield United Australia 1931–1940
  Donald McLeod Labor 1940–1949
  Daniel Mackinnon Liberal 1949–1951
  Donald McLeod Labor 1951–1955
  Malcolm Fraser Liberal 1955–1983
  David Hawker Liberal 1983–2010
  Dan Tehan Liberal 2010–present

For the first 50 years the division was held by both the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. However, changes in 1955 removed most of the seat's Labor-friendly territory, and it has been a safe Liberal seat since then. The seat was held by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

Election results

Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
Malcolm Fraser
Succeeded by

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