Division of Canning

Division of Canning
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Canning 2010.png
Division of Canning (green) in Western Australia
Created: 1949
MP: Don Randall
Party: Liberal
Namesake: Alfred Canning
Area: 6,178 km² (2,385 sq mi)
Demographic: Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Canning is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Alfred Canning, the Western Australian government surveyor who surveyed the Canning Stock Route. It was originally a country seat, usually won by the Country Party, but since 1980 it has been located in the outer southern suburbs of the two largest cities in WA; Perth and Mandurah. It is a highly marginal seat due to the balanced proportion of the urban north and the rural south, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Canning had a Liberal margin of 4.3 percent leading into the 2010 election,[1] and was targeted by Labor, who stood high-profile candidate and former state Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan.[2] The Liberals retained the seat, however Canning was the only Western Australian seat to see a two-party preferred swing toward the Australian Labor Party.



The division of Canning stretches from Kelmscott in the north to Wagerup in the south, and incorporates the metropolitan Perth areas of the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale as well as the regional areas incorporating the City of Mandurah south of, and including, Mandurah CBD itself as well as the Shires of Murray (including Pinjarra, Yunderup and Dwellingup), Waroona (including Waroona and Preston Beach) and Boddington (including Boddington).


Member Party Term
  Leonard Hamilton Country 1949–1961
  Neil McNeill Liberal 1961–1963
  John Hallett Country 1963–1974
  Mel Bungey Liberal 1974–1983
  Wendy Fatin Labor 1983–1984
  George Gear Labor 1984–1996
  Ricky Johnston Liberal 1996–1998
  Jane Gerick Labor 1998–2001
  Don Randall Liberal 2001–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Canning
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Don Randall 36,999 46.18 -2.23
Labor Alannah MacTiernan 32,330 40.35 +2.62
Greens Denise Hardie 6,645 8.29 +0.54
Christian Democrats Jamie van Burgel 2,470 3.08 +0.28
Family First Darren Vernede 1,231 1.54 +0.28
CEC Ian Tuffnell 446 0.56 +0.24
Total formal votes 80,121 95.48 -1.07
Informal votes 3,795 4.52 +1.07
Turnout 83,916 93.13 +0.01
Two-candidate preferred result
Liberal Don Randall 41,818 52.19 -2.16
Labor Alannah MacTiernan 38,303 47.81 +2.16
Liberal hold Swing -2.16


Coordinates: 32°38′02″S 116°06′47″E / 32.634°S 116.113°E / -32.634; 116.113

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