Division of Denison

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Denison (green) in Tasmania
Created 1903
MP Andrew Wilkie
Party Independent
Namesake William Denison
Electors 71,761 (2013)
Area 288 km2 (111.2 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

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.


Member Party Term
  Sir Philip Fysh Protectionist 1903–1906
  Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Laird Smith Labor 1910–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  David O'Keefe Labor 1922–1925
  Sir 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 1949–1963
  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[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Denison[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Andrew Wilkie 24,688 38.08 +16.82
Labor Jane Austin 16,043 24.75 −11.04
Liberal Tanya Denison 15,058 23.23 +0.58
Greens Anna Reynolds 5,133 7.92 −11.06
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
Informal votes 2,856 4.22 +0.60
Turnout 67,681 94.31 −0.01
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jane Austin 38,186 58.91 −6.91
Liberal Tanya Denison 26,639 41.09 +6.91
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Andrew Wilkie 42,470 65.51 +14.30
Labor Jane Austin 22,355 34.49 −14.30
Independent hold Swing +14.30


  1. ^ TAS DIVISION – DENISON, Australian Electoral Commission, 1 October 2013.

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