Division of Chisholm

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of CHISHOLM 2016.png
Division of Chisholm in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Julia Banks
Party Liberal
Namesake Caroline Chisholm
Electors 97,434 (2016)
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 and a former Olympian, who held the seat until his death on 31 July 1970.

Labor finally took the seat in the 1983 landslide that brought Bob Hawke to power, only to lose it in 1987. Anna Burke became the second Labor member ever to win it in 1998 election and held it until her retirement in 2016. Julia Banks won the seat for the Liberals at the 2016 election, becoming the only Liberal challenger to take a seat off Labor at that election.


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 1998–2016
  Julia Banks Liberal 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Chisholm[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Julia Banks 39,265 45.28 +1.16
Labor Stefanie Perri 31,160 35.93 −3.57
Greens Josh Fergeus 10,647 12.28 +2.83
Family First Craig McCracken 2,137 2.46 +1.36
Animal Justice Nyree Walshe 1,799 2.07 +2.07
Rise Up Australia Melanie Vassiliou 1,712 1.97 +1.22
Total formal votes 86,720 97.26 +1.49
Informal votes 2,439 2.74 −1.49
Turnout 89,159 91.51 −1.84
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Julia Banks 44,437 51.24 +2.84
Labor Stefanie Perri 42,283 48.76 −2.84
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +2.84


  1. ^ Chisholm, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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