Division of Flinders
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Flinders (green) in Victoria
|Area||1,955 km2 (754.8 sq mi)|
The Division of Flinders is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Matthew Flinders, the first man to circumnavigate Australia, and the person credited with giving Australia her name.
It has usually been a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors, who have held it for all but six years since its creation. However, it has occasionally been won by the Australian Labor Party, notably in 1929 when Prime Minister Stanley Bruce was defeated. This was the first time an Australian Prime Minister has lost his own seat at a general election. (The only other such instance was the defeat of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard in his seat of Bennelong, also by Labor, in the 2007 federal election.)
The seat's most prominent member was Bruce, who held it for all but two years from 1918 to 1933. Other prominent former members include Jack Holloway, the Labor challenger who ousted Bruce and later a senior minister in the Curtin and Chifley governments (though he was the member for Melbourne Ports by then); Sir Phillip Lynch, deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 1972 to 1982 and a minister in the Gorton, McMahon and Fraser governments; and Peter Reith, deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 1990 to 1993 and a minister in the Howard government.
|Arthur Groom||Free Trade||1901–1903|
|James Gibb||Free Trade, Anti-Socialist||1903–1906|
|(Sir) William Irvine||Anti-Socialist||1906–1909|
|Stanley Bruce||United Australia||1931–1933|
|James Fairbairn||United Australia||1933–1940|
|Rupert Ryan||United Australia||1940–1944|
|(Sir) Phillip Lynch||Liberal||1966–1982|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Flinders|
|Palmer United||Linda Clark||5,639||6.00||+6.00|
|Family First||David Clark||1,091||1.16||−1.26|
|Rise Up Australia||Angela Dorian||481||0.51||+0.51|
|Non-Custodial Parents||John Zabaneh||215||0.23||+0.23|
|Total formal votes||93,921||95.03||−0.85|
- VIC DIVISION - FLINDERS, AEC.