Division of Denison


Division of Denison
Denison
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Denison 2010.png
Division of Denison (green) in Tasmania
Created: 1903
MP: Andrew Wilkie
Party: Independent
Namesake: William Denison
Area: 288 km² (111 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Denison is an Australian Electoral Division in Tasmania. The division was created in 1903 and is named for Sir William Denison, who was Lt-Governor of Van Diemens Land 1847-55. It is located in central Hobart, today including the suburbs of Glenorchy, New Town and Taroona.

Denison has been a consistently marginal seat, but was held by the Australian Labor Party between 1987 and 2010 with little difficulty. Its most prominent members have been Sir Philip Fysh, a member of the first federal Cabinet, and Athol Townley, Defence Minister in the Robert Menzies government. Townley resigned in 1964 when he was named Ambassador to the United States, but he died before taking up the appointment. Another prominent member is the incumbent independent MP Andrew Wilkie, elected at the 2010 election. In 2003 Wilkie resigned from his position in the Office of National Assessments (ONA), an Australian intelligence agency, over concerns that intelligence was being misrepresented for political purposes in making the case for Australia's contribution to the 2003 invasion of Iraq under the Howard government. Denison has had 16 different members, the most of any federal electorate.

Members

Member Party Term
  Philip Fysh Protectionist 1903–1906
  Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Laird Smith Labor 1910–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1922
  David O'Keefe Labor 1922–1925
  John Gellibrand Nationalist 1925–1928
  Charles Culley Labor 1928–1931
  Arthur Hutchin United Australia 1931–1934
  Gerald Mahoney Labor 1934–1940
  Arthur Beck United Australia 1940–1943
  John Gaha Labor 1943–1949
  Athol Townley Liberal 1949–1964
  Adrian Gibson Liberal 1964–1969
  Robert Solomon Liberal 1969–1972
  John Coates Labor 1972–1975
  Michael Hodgman Liberal 1975–1987
  Duncan Kerr Labor 1987–2010
  Andrew Wilkie Independent 2010–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Denison
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Jonathan Jackson 23,215 35.79 -12.37
Liberal Cameron Simpkins 14,688 22.65 -7.34
Independent Andrew Wilkie 13,788 21.26 +21.26
Greens Geoffrey Couser 12,312 18.98 +0.40
Socialist Alliance Mel Barnes 856 1.32 +0.56
Total formal votes 64,859 96.38 -1.12
Informal votes 2,435 3.62 +1.12
Turnout 67,294 94.32 -1.21
Two-candidate preferred result
Independent Andrew Wilkie 33,217 51.21 +51.21
Labor Jonathan Jackson 31,642 48.79 -16.50
Independent gain from Labor Swing +51.21

References

Coordinates: 42°53′17″S 147°14′38″E / 42.888°S 147.244°E / -42.888; 147.244


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