Division of Denison
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||288 km2 (111.2 sq mi)|
The Division of Denison is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania. The division was one of the five established when the former Division of Tasmania was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for Sir William Denison, who was Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land 1847–55.
The division is located in central Hobart on the western shore of the River Derwent. As at the 2016 election, it incorporates the area covered by the Cities of Hobart and Glenorchy, together with the northern parts of Kingborough Council, including Taroona, generally north of the Huon Highway. kunanyi / Mount Wellington is a prominent physical feature in the division's west.
Denison has been a consistently marginal seat, but was held by the Australian Labor Party between 1987 and 2010 with little difficulty. Its most prominent members have been Sir Philip Fysh, a member of the first federal Cabinet, Athol Townley, Minister for Defence in the Menzies Government, and Duncan Kerr, a minister in the Keating, Rudd and Gillard governments. Townley resigned in 1964 when he was named Ambassador to the United States, but he died before taking up the appointment. Another prominent member is the incumbent independent MP Andrew Wilkie, elected at the 2010 election. Denison has had 16 different members, the most (with Bass, Bendigo and Swan) of any federal electorate.
|Sir Philip Fysh||Protectionist||1903–1906|
|William Laird Smith||Labor||1910–1916|
|Sir John Gellibrand||Nationalist||1925–1928|
|Arthur Hutchin||United Australia||1931–1934|
|Arthur Beck||United Australia||1940–1943|
|Christian Democrats||Amanda Excell||980||1.47||+1.47|
|Democratic Labour||Wayne Williams||632||0.95||+0.10|
|Total formal votes||66,654||97.08||+1.30|
- Denison, TAS, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.