Division of Casey


Division of Casey
Casey
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Casey 2010.png
Division of Casey (green) in Victoria
Created: 1969
MP: Tony Smith
Party: Liberal
Namesake: Richard Casey
Area: 409 km² (158 sq mi)
Demographic: Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Casey is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1969 and is named for Richard Casey, who was Governor-General of Australia 1965-69. It is located in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and includes the suburbs of Croydon, Montrose and Olinda. When it was created it was a highly marginal seat, and at the 1972 federal election it was regarded as the "litmus seat", which the Australian Labor Party had to win to gain government. Lost when the Liberals won in 1975, Labor picked it up again when Labor regained government in 1983. Labor lost the seat in the election held the following year, when the number of seats in parliament was increased with sweeping boundary changes, and it has remained in Liberal hands since. Demographic changes have also contributed in making Casey a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party. The seat's most prominent member has been Robert Halverson, who was Speaker of the House of Representatives 1996-98.

Members

Member Party Term
  Peter Howson Liberal 1969–1972
  Race Mathews Labor 1972–1975
  Peter Falconer Liberal 1975–1983
  Peter Steedman Labor 1983–1984
  Bob Halverson Liberal 1984–1998
  Michael Wooldridge Liberal 1998–2001
  Tony Smith Liberal 2001–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Casey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Tony Smith 40,588 48.38 -1.77
Labor Sami Hisheh 29,565 35.24 -0.61
Greens Brendan Powell 9,661 11.52 +4.20
Family First Daniel Harrison 4,083 4.87 +0.68
Total formal votes 83,897 95.78 -1.44
Informal votes 3,695 4.22 +1.44
Turnout 87,592 94.84 -1.38
Two-candidate preferred result
Liberal Tony Smith 45,458 54.18 -1.75
Labor Sami Hisheh 38,439 45.82 +1.75
Liberal hold Swing -1.75

References

Coordinates: 37°46′23″S 145°24′00″E / 37.773°S 145.400°E / -37.773; 145.400


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