Division of Deakin

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of DEAKIN 2016.png
Division of Deakin in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMichael Sukkar
NamesakeAlfred Deakin
Electors99,698 (2016)
Area70 km2 (27.0 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Deakin is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is named for Alfred Deakin, three times Prime Minister of Australia. The division was created in 1937, initially as a rural seat, but since 1949 it has been located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, today taking in Blackburn, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Nunawading, Vermont, Vermont South and Ringwood.

Deakin has usually been held by the Liberal Party, though it became increasingly marginal from the 1980s onward. Prior to the 2013 federal election it was the second most marginal Labor Party seat in Australia. At the 2013 federal election, Michael Sukkar reclaimed the seat for the Liberal Party and was elected with 53.2% of the two-party-preferred vote.


Member Party Term
  William Hutchinson United Australia 1937–1944
  Liberal 1944–1949
  Frank Davis Liberal 1949–1966
  Alan Jarman Liberal 1966–1983
  John Saunderson Labor 1983–1984
  Julian Beale Liberal 1984–1990
  Ken Aldred Liberal 1990–1996
  Phil Barresi Liberal 1996–2007
  Mike Symon Labor 2007–2013
  Michael Sukkar Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Deakin[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Michael Sukkar 45,161 50.03 +4.15
Labor Tony Clark 28,021 31.04 −1.69
Greens Joshua Briers 10,587 11.73 +0.90
Animal Justice Vanessa Browne 2,394 2.65 +2.65
Christians Karen Dobby 2,096 2.32 +0.40
Family First Gary Coombes 2,009 2.23 +0.87
Total formal votes 90,268 97.34 +1.67
Informal votes 2,471 2.66 −1.67
Turnout 92,739 93.02 −1.69
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Michael Sukkar 50,264 55.68 +2.50
Labor Tony Clark 40,004 44.32 −2.50
Liberal hold Swing +2.50


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

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Coordinates: 37°49′19″S 145°12′22″E / 37.822°S 145.206°E / -37.822; 145.206