- Division of Denison
Australian House of Representatives Division
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.
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
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
- Division of Denison, Australian Electoral Commission
Electoral Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives in TasmaniaDivisions in: New South Wales · Victoria · Queensland · Western Australia · South Australia · Tasmania · Australian Capital and Northern Territories
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