Division of Chisholm

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Chisholm (green) in Victoria
Created 1949
MP Anna Burke
Party Labor
Namesake Caroline Chisholm
Electors 96,140 (2013)
Area 65 km2 (25.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Chisholm is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Caroline Chisholm, a social worker and promoter of women's immigration. It is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and includes the suburbs of Ashwood, Blackburn South, Box Hill, Burwood, Chadstone, Huntingdale, Mont Albert, Mount Waverley, and parts of Clayton, Forest Hill, Oakleigh and Surrey Hills.

On its original boundaries, it was a comfortably safe Liberal seat centered on Camberwell. However, successive redistributions from 1980 onward have moved the electorate south-east, taking in strongly Labor-voting suburbs to balance out the relatively affluent Liberal-leaning suburbs in the north of the seat, and making the seat marginal. The first member for Chisholm, Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes, was one of Australia's most distinguished soldiers, who held the seat until his death on 31 July 1970.

The current member for Chisholm since 1998 is Anna Burke, the second Labor member ever to win it. She served as the 28th Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2012 to 2013.


Member Party Term
  (Sir) Wilfrid Kent Hughes Liberal 1949–1970
  Tony Staley Liberal 1970–1980
  Graham Harris Liberal 1980–1983
  Helen Mayer Labor 1983–1987
  Michael Wooldridge Liberal 1987–1998
  Anna Burke Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Chisholm
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Nguyen 37,990 44.12 +3.90
Labor Anna Burke 34,015 39.50 −4.75
Greens Josh Fergeus 8,133 9.45 −2.44
Sex Party Luzio Grossi 1,762 2.05 +2.05
Palmer United Brian Woods 1,405 1.63 +1.63
Family First Martin Myszka 949 1.10 −1.56
Democratic Labour Pat Shea 860 1.00 +1.00
Rise Up Australia Melanie Vassiliou 650 0.75 +0.75
Secular Vidura Jayaratne 345 0.40 −0.20
Total formal votes 86,109 95.77 −0.55
Informal votes 3,802 4.23 +0.55
Turnout 89,911 93.41 −0.28
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anna Burke 44,431 51.60 −4.18
Liberal John Nguyen 41,678 48.40 +4.18
Labor hold Swing −4.18


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Coordinates: 37°51′54″S 145°07′23″E / 37.865°S 145.123°E / -37.865; 145.123