Division of Forrest

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of FORREST 2016.png
Division of Forrest in Western Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPNola Marino
NamesakeSir John Forrest
Electors105,421 (2019)
Area11,072 km2 (4,274.9 sq mi)

The Division of Forrest is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia.


Sir John Forrest, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1922 and is named for Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia and a federal Cabinet minister. It is located in the south-western corner of the state and, as at the 2016 election, includes the towns of Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta and Harvey.

Before the 1943 election, it was a Country Party seat, but since the 1949 election it has been held by the Liberals for all but one term. Labor has only held the seat for three terms, during the high-tide elections of 1943 and 1946, and in the midst of the Coalition's near-defeat of 1969. It reverted to the Liberals in 1972 even as Labor won government. The seat was marginal for most of the 1980s, but a 1990 redistribution made the seat much more secure for the Liberals, and Labor has not come close to winning it since.

Notable members include Nelson Lemmon, a minister in the Chifley Government, Gordon Freeth, a minister in the Menzies, Holt and Gorton governments, and Geoff Prosser, a minister in the Howard government.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  John Prowse.png John Prowse
Country 16 December 1922
21 August 1943
Previously held the Division of Swan. Lost seat
  Nelson Lemmon.jpg Nelson Lemmon
Labor 21 August 1943
10 December 1949
Served as minister under Chifley. Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of St George in 1954
  Gordon Freeth 1969.jpg Gordon Freeth
Liberal 10 December 1949
25 October 1969
Previously held the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Middle Swan. Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen and Gorton. Lost seat
  Frank Kirwan 1970.png Frank Kirwan
Labor 25 October 1969
2 December 1972
Lost seat
  No image.svg Peter Drummond
Liberal 2 December 1972
5 June 1987
  No image.svg Geoff Prosser
Liberal 11 July 1987
17 October 2007
Served as minister under Howard. Retired
  Nola Marino Myanmar (cropped).jpg Nola Marino
Liberal 24 November 2007
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Turnbull and Morrison. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Forrest[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Nola Marino 47,470 52.48 +3.04
Labor Wayne Sanford 19,126 21.14 −2.00
Greens Nerilee Boshammer 11,645 12.87 +0.90
One Nation Kalven Jamieson 5,371 5.94 +5.94
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers Mark McCall 2,881 3.18 +3.18
United Australia Dale Bromley 1,564 1.73 +1.73
Independent Alexander Marsden 1,238 1.37 +1.37
Western Australia Ian Molyneux 1,167 1.29 +1.29
Total formal votes 90,462 94.35 +0.21
Informal votes 5,418 5.65 −0.21
Turnout 95,880 90.95 +1.23
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Nola Marino 58,405 64.56 +2.00
Labor Wayne Sanford 32,057 35.44 −2.00
Liberal hold Swing +2.00


  1. ^ Forrest, WA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°42′00″S 115°42′22″E / 33.700°S 115.706°E / -33.700; 115.706