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Division of Fremantle

Fremantle
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Fremantle (green) in Western Australia
Created 1901
MP Melissa Parke
Party Labor
Namesake Fremantle
Electors 100,902 (2013)
Area 201 km2 (77.6 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Fremantle is an electoral division of the Australian House of Representatives in Western Australia.

The division was created at Federation in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the city of Fremantle, which in turn is named for Captain Charles Fremantle, captain of HMS Challenger, which brought the first settlers to Western Australia. The Division is located in the southern suburbs of Perth, and includes the entirety of the City of Fremantle, City of Cockburn, and Town of East Fremantle, as well as Rottnest Island and a portion of the City of Melville.

As originally drawn, it included nearly all of Perth's southwestern suburbs. On these boundaries, the seat frequently changed hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties for the first three decades of its existence. However, Labor has held the seat without interruption since 1934, and for all but one term since 1928. The 1949 expansion of Parliament made Fremantle even safer for Labor by shifting most of its northern portion to the newly created Division of Curtin. Since then, it has usually been one of the safest Labor seats in Australia. It was nearly lost in the landslides of 1975 and 1977, but since then the Liberals have only garnered as much as 45 percent of the two-party vote twice, in 1996 and [[Australian federal election, 2013

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