Division of Indi

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Indi 2010.png
Division of Indi (green) in Victoria
Created 1901
MP Cathy McGowan
Party Independent
Namesake Murray River (Aboriginal name)
Electors 98,399 (2013)
Area 28,008 km2 (10,813.9 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Indi /ɪnˈd/ is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is located in north-eastern Victoria. Its northern border is the New South Wales and Victorian state boundary formed by the Murray River. It is bounded to the south-east by the Division of Gippsland, the border being roughly the watershed separating the Murray basin from Gippsland's catchment in the remote and almost completely uninhabited Australian Alps. To the south, the seat shares a small boundary with the Division of McMillan, including the isolated village of Woods Point. To the west, it also borders on the divisions of McEwen, Bendigo and Murray.

The largest settlements in the division are Wodonga, Wangaratta, and Benalla. Other towns in the electorate include Rutherglen, Mansfield, Beechworth, Bethanga, Myrtleford, Corryong, Tallangatta, Euroa and a number of other small villages (notably including the ski resort of Falls Creek). While Indi is one of the largest electorates in Victoria, much of it is located within the Alpine National Park and is thus uninhabited. While Wodonga serves as a regional hub for much of the more heavily populated northern part of the electorate, the southern part is closer to Melbourne than Wodonga.

Indi has existed continuously since Federation. It was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It has been held by a member of a conservative party (either the Liberal Party and its predecessors or the National Party) or a conservative independent for all but four terms since Federation, and without interruption since 1931. Labor last won the seat in 1928 when the Country incumbent forgot to renominate.[1]

The most nationally prominent person to represent Indi to date was the first, Sir Isaac Isaacs, who rose to become Attorney-General of Australia, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia. Another member for Indi, John "Black Jack" McEwen, was a long-serving Minister and was briefly Prime Minister of Australia after the death of Harold Holt in 1967, but he was member for Murray by then. The seat has traditionally been filled by candidates who might be described as "rural gentry" who have not tended to advance beyond the back bench. This changed in 2009 when Sophie Mirabella entered shadow cabinet.[2] Since 2004, the Liberal primary vote has been in decline, falling from 63% in 2004,[3] to 54% in 2007,[4] 53% in 2010[5] and 45% in 2013.

Since 2013, the seat has been represented by independent Cathy McGowan. McGowan defeated Liberal Party incumbent Sophie Mirabella, the only sitting Liberal MP to lose their seat at the 2013 federal election.


Member Party Term
  Isaac Isaacs Protectionist 1901–1906
  Joseph Brown Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Parker Moloney Labor 1910–1913
  Cornelius Ahern Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  Parker Moloney Labor 1914–1917
  John Leckie Nationalist 1917–1919
  Robert Cook Country 1919–1928
  Paul Jones Labor 1928–1931
  William Hutchinson United Australia 1931–1937
  John McEwen Country 1937–1949
  William Bostock Liberal 1949–1958
  Mac Holten Country 1958–1975
  National Country 1975–1977
  Ewen Cameron Liberal 1977–1993
  Lou Lieberman Liberal 1993–2001
  Sophie Mirabella Liberal 2001–2013
  Cathy McGowan Independent 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Indi
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sophie Mirabella 39,785 44.68 −7.17
Independent Cathy McGowan 27,763 31.18 +31.18
Labor Robyn Walsh 10,375 11.65 −16.54
Greens Jenny O'Connor 3,041 3.42 −6.21
Palmer United Robert Murphy 2,417 2.71 +2.71
Sex Party Helma Aschenbrenner 1,402 1.57 +1.57
Family First Rick Leeworthy 1,330 1.49 −2.24
Rise Up Australia Robert Dudley 985 1.11 +1.11
Independent Jennifer Podesta 841 0.94 +0.94
Katter's Australian Phil Rourke 615 0.69 +0.69
Bullet Train William Hayes 489 0.55 +0.55
Total formal votes 89,043 94.91 −1.18
Informal votes 4,774 5.09 +1.18
Turnout 93,817 95.17 +0.56
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Sophie Mirabella 52,625 59.10 +0.11
Labor Robyn Walsh 36,418 40.90 −0.11
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Cathy McGowan 44,741 50.25 +50.25
Liberal Sophie Mirabella 44,302 49.75 −10.17
Independent gain from Liberal Swing N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2010 Federal Election Results - Indi". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010. 
  2. ^ "Indi - House of Representatives: Divisional Results". AEC: Past Electoral Results. Australian Electoral Commission. 2001. 
  3. ^ "House of Representatives: Indi". Election 2004. Australian Electoral Commission. 2005. 
  4. ^ "House of Representatives: Indi". Election 2007: Virtual Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. 
  5. ^ "House of Representatives: Indi". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. 2010. 

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Coordinates: 36°38′24″S 146°37′59″E / 36.640°S 146.633°E / -36.640; 146.633