Division of Higgins
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Higgins (green) in Victoria
|Namesake||H. B. Higgins|
|Area||40 km2 (15.4 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 Liberal Party heartland of inner eastern Melbourne, including the ultra-affluent suburbs of Armadale, Kooyong and Malvern and Toorak, as well as middle-class Ashburton, Carnegie, Glen Iris, Prahran and South Yarra.
Historically the seat has been prominent in Australian federal politics, especially for the Liberal Party. 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. This 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, and was succeeded in the ensuing by-election by current member Kelly O'Dwyer.
|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|