Current MP: Sarah Henderson, Liberal, 3A/195 Colac Road Waurn Ponds 3216, 5243 1444
Major Communities/Cities/Towns within Electorate: Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Colac, Inverleigh, Lorne, Torquay, Winchelsea, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Grovedale, Highton, Ocean Grove.
Key 2016 Election Information: - 0.8% swing. 46.4% Liberal, 30.8% Labor, 11.5% Green on first party preference voting.
Strongest Support for Liberal (first party preferences): Barwon Heads (where LNP obtained 64.7% of votes), Highton West (LNP 65.6%) and Point Lonsdale (LNP 69.6%).
Strongest Support for Labor (first party preferences): Oberon (ALP 53.5% of votes), Mandama (ALP 53.42%) and Grovedale (ALP 52.1%).
Background: Sarah began her career in journalism and media, working for Channel 7, Channel 9, 3AW, ABC’s 7.30 Report and The Investigators and as a newsreader for Channel 10. After completing a Law Degree she then practiced commercial law in New York as an attorney for News Corporation before returning to open a media consultancy firm Kudos Management. During her political career she has remained on the backbench.
Key Policy Background: During her political career Sarah has remained on the backbench. Since her election as the Corangamite MP, Sarah has demonstrated a specific focus on jobs, infrastructure, environment and community.
Relevant Information/Links to Community: Sarah’s Waurn Ponds office has been targeted by Combined Refugee Action Group protesters for her complicity in the Government's 'appalling' treatment of people seeking asylum.
Record on Issues Related to Refugees: Sarah has demonstrated an inconsistent policy position upon issues and legislation as they relate to people seeking asylum and refugees. Her record within Parliament has indicated a very strong support against implementing Bills that relate to the rights of refugees and protection conventions. This includes voting strongly for the regional processing of people seeking asylum, stopping people who arrive by boat from ever coming to Australia, whilst voting very strongly against implementing refugee and protection conventions, increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. However, she also recently made a plea directly to Peter Dutton requesting formal intervention in the case of Geelong local, Homayon Hatami, who faces deportation because of an expiring bridging visa.
Other Potential Community and Advocacy Links: Through the Federal Government’s $45M “Stronger Communities Program,” Sarah highlighted how 17 local Corangamite community organisations have received financial assistance. These include Bannockburn Tennis Club, Bannockburn Men’s Shed, Barwon Heads Football and Netball Club, Barunah Park Recreation Reserve, Barrabool Cricket Club, Birregurra Bowling Club, Barwon Valley Pony Club Cororooke Tennis Club, Colac Otway L2P driver training, Highton Bowls Club, Lorne Aquatic & Angling Club, Geelong & Surf Coast Cycling Club, Meredith Hall Committee, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed, Torquay Marine Rescue Service, Surf Coast Shire.
Key Industries within Electorate: Beef and dairy cattle, crops, fishing, forestry, sheep, horticultural and organic farming, food processing, manufacturing, retail and tourism.