Division of Denison
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Denison (green) in Tasmania
|Area||288 km2 (111.2 sq mi)|
The Division of Denison is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania. The division was one of the five established when the former Division of Tasmania was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for Sir William Denison, who was Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's 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, Athol Townley, Minister for Defence in the Menzies Government, and Duncan Kerr, a minister in the Keating, Rudd and Gillard governments. 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.
|Sir Philip Fysh||Protectionist||1903–1906|
|William Laird Smith||Labor||1910–1916|
|Sir John Gellibrand||Nationalist||1925–1928|
|Arthur Hutchin||United Australia||1931–1934|
|Arthur Beck||United Australia||1940–1943|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Denison|
|Palmer United||Debra Thurley||1,576||2.43||+2.43|
|Sex Party||Bob Butler||877||1.35||+1.35|
|Family First||Trevlyn McCallum||593||0.91||+0.91|
|Democratic Labour||Wayne Williams||554||0.85||+0.85|
|Rise Up Australia||Graeme Devlin||179||0.28||+0.28|
|Stable Population||Brandon Hoult||124||0.19||+0.19|
|Total formal votes||64,825||95.78||−0.60|
- TAS DIVISION – DENISON, Australian Electoral Commission, 1 October 2013.