Division of Flinders

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of FLINDERS 2016.png
Division of Flinders in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Greg Hunt
Party Liberal
Namesake Matthew Flinders
Electors 115,356 (2016)
Area 1,955 km2 (754.8 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Flinders is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division is one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Matthew Flinders, the first man to circumnavigate Australia, and the person credited with giving Australia its name.

Originally a country seat south and east of Melbourne, Flinders is now a hybrid urban-rural seat based on the outer southern suburbs on the Mornington Peninsula, including Dromana, Hastings and Portsea.

It has usually been a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors, who have held it for all but six years since its creation. However, it has occasionally been won by the Australian Labor Party, notably at the 1929 federal election when Prime Minister Stanley Bruce was defeated. This was the first of two times an Australian prime minister lost their own seat at a general election; the second time was not until Liberal Prime Minister John Howard lost his seat of Bennelong at the 2007 federal election.

The seat's most prominent member was Bruce, who held it for all but two years from 1918 to 1933. Other prominent former members include Jack Holloway, the Labor challenger who ousted Bruce and later a senior minister in the Curtin and Chifley governments (though he was the member for Melbourne Ports by then) and two deputy Liberal leaders Sir Phillip Lynch and Peter Reith.


Member Party Term
  Arthur Groom Free Trade 1901–1903
  James Gibb Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1906
  (Sir) William Irvine Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1918
  Stanley Bruce Nationalist 1918–1929
  Jack Holloway Labor 1929–1931
  Stanley Bruce United Australia 1931–1933
  James Fairbairn United Australia 1933–1940
  Rupert Ryan United Australia 1940–1944
  Liberal 1944–1952
  Keith Ewert Labor 1952–1954
  Robert Lindsay Liberal 1954–1966
  (Sir) Phillip Lynch Liberal 1966–1982
  Peter Reith Liberal 1982–1983
  Bob Chynoweth Labor 1983–1984
  Peter Reith Liberal 1984–2001
  Greg Hunt Liberal 2001–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Flinders[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Greg Hunt 52,412 51.60 −3.74
Labor Carolyn Gleixner 27,459 27.03 +1.83
Greens Willisa Hogarth 10,868 10.70 +0.96
Animal Justice Ben Wild 4,347 4.28 +4.28
Rise Up Australia Yvonne Gentle 3,381 3.33 +2.82
Independent Shane Lewis 3,107 3.06 +3.06
Total formal votes 101,574 96.34 +1.31
Informal votes 3,863 3.66 −1.31
Turnout 105,437 91.40 −2.34
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Greg Hunt 58,683 57.77 −4.04
Labor Carolyn Gleixner 42,891 42.23 +4.04
Liberal hold Swing −4.04


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

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Coordinates: 38°20′46″S 145°19′26″E / 38.346°S 145.324°E / -38.346; 145.324