Division of Kooyong


Division of Kooyong
Kooyong
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Kooyong 2010.png
Division of Kooyong (green) in Victoria
Created: 1900
MP: Josh Frydenberg
Party: Liberal
Namesake: Kooyong, Victoria
Area: 49 km² (19 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Kooyong is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and encompasses the suburbs of Kew, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Balwyn, Canterbury, Camberwell and Surrey Hills. The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. The Division was named after the suburb of Kooyong, which is no longer in the Division, being instead in the Division of Higgins.

Kooyong has been held by non-Labor parties for its entire existence, and is currently reckoned as one of the safest Liberal seats in metropolitan Australia. The seat was represented by former Prime Minister Robert Menzies and former Leaders of the Opposition Andrew Peacock and John Latham. The high-profile Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou saw off a challenge from Josh Frydenberg for Liberal Party preselection in April 2006.

In the 1990 election, comedian Tim Ferguson of the Doug Anthony All Stars stood as an independent candidate for Kooyong against Peacock,[1] gaining 3.7% of the vote.[2]

On 22 November 2008, Georgiou announced he would not contest the seat at the next federal election.[3] Frydenberg won preselection as the Liberal Party's candidate for the seat for the 2010 Australian federal election.

Members

Member Party Term
  William Knox Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Robert Best Commonwealth Liberal 1910–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1922
  John Latham Liberal Union 1922–1925
  Nationalist 1925–1931
  United Australia 1931–1934
  Robert Menzies United Australia 1934–1944
  Liberal 1944–1966
  Andrew Peacock Liberal 1966–1994
  Petro Georgiou Liberal 1994–2010
  Josh Frydenberg Liberal 2010–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Kooyong
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Josh Frydenberg 42,728 52.56 -2.58
Labor Steve Hurd 22,268 27.39 -2.64
Greens Des Benson 15,019 18.48 +6.66
Family First John Laidler 1,272 1.56 +0.02
Total formal votes 81,287 97.22 -0.68
Informal votes 2,326 2.78 +0.68
Turnout 83,613 93.26 -1.54
Two-candidate preferred result
Liberal Josh Frydenberg 46,779 57.55 -1.98
Labor Steve Hurd 34,508 42.45 +1.98
Liberal hold Swing -1.98

References

Coordinates: 37°48′43″S 145°03′40″E / 37.812°S 145.061°E / -37.812; 145.061


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