Division of Higgins
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Higgins (green) in Victoria
|Namesake||H. B. Higgins|
|Area||39 km2 (15.1 sq mi)|
The division was created in 1949 and is named after Justice H. B. Higgins (1851–1929), who was a Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1894), president of the Carlton Football Club (1904), a founding Member of Australian House of Representatives (1901-1906) and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1906–1929).
It is located in inner eastern Melbourne, including the ultra-affluent suburbs of Toorak, Armadale, Malvern and Kooyong, as well as middle-class Glen Iris, Carnegie, Ashburton, Prahran and South Yarra. Higgins has always been held by the Liberal Party.
Historically the seat has been prominent in Australian federal politics and for the Liberal Party of Australia. The seat's first two members, Harold Holt and Sir John Gorton, were Prime Ministers of Australia in 1966-67 and 1968-71 respectively. Higgins is the only Division to have been held by two Prime Ministers, which occurred when Holt went missing while Prime Minister, and then-Senator Gorton was elected as his replacement.
More recently the Division of Higgins was held by the longest serving Treasurer of Australia and former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Peter Costello who was a prominent member of the Howard Government. Costello resigned from the seat on 19 October 2009.
|(Sir) John Gorton||Liberal||1968–1975|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Higgins|
|Palmer United||Phillip Dall||1,385||1.59||+1.59|
|Family First||Jamie Baldwin||742||0.85||−0.19|
|Rise Up Australia||Leanne Price||354||0.41||+0.41|
|Total formal votes||87,307||96.42||−0.68|