Division of Franklin

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Franklin
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Franklin 2019.png
Division of Franklin in Tasmania, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1903
MPJulie Collins
PartyLabor
NamesakeSir John Franklin
Electors76,673 (2019)
Area10,009 km2 (3,864.5 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Franklin is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania.

The division is located in southern Tasmania around the state capital, Hobart. It is the only non-contiguous federal electoral division in Australia, with the two parts of the division separated by the Division of Denison, based around central Hobart. As at the 2016 election, slightly more than half its electors are located on the eastern shore of the River Derwent, incorporating the entire City of Clarence and the suburb of Old Beach from Brighton Council. The remaining electors in the division are drawn from the southern parts of the Kingborough Council, generally south of the Huon Highway and including Bruny Island, and the entire Huon Valley Council. The division also includes the southern parts of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Macquarie Island, neither of which have permanent populations.

History[edit]

Sir John Franklin, the division's namesake

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 John Franklin, the polar explorer who was Lt Governor of Van Diemen's Land 1843-46.

The Division of Franklin has always been a reasonably marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party and its predecessors. However, after 14 years of representation by former Labor and independent member Harry Quick, the seat of Franklin was considered safe Labor with Franklin one of very few electorates to record a swing to Labor at the 2010 election. Franklin also has a strong history of voting for strong candidates rather than for a particular party.

In 2005, sitting Labor member Harry Quick announced that he would retire at the 2007 election. When Labor preselected union official Kevin Harkins as a replacement, Quick, seeing him as unsuitable, appeared to endorse the Liberal candidate, Vanessa Goodwin, which was partly responsible for his expulsion from the Labor party. Harkins was eventually dropped as a candidate, and the Labor Party state secretary Julie Collins was installed as the ALP candidate.

Collins won the seat of Franklin at the 2007 election despite the Labor suffering a 3.11% swing against on two party preferred results and 5.03% swing against in general results. Liberal Party candidate Vanessa Goodwin recorded a swing towards the party while the Australian Greens a swing towards the party similar to that of the Liberals.

Members[edit]

Image Member Party Term Notes
  WMcWilliams.JPG William McWilliams
(1856–1929)
Revenue Tariff 16 December 1903
1906
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Ringarooma. Lost seat
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
26 May 1909
  Liberal 26 May 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
1920
  Country 1920 –
16 December 1922
  Alfred Seabrook.jpg Alfred Seabrook
(1867–1939)
Nationalist 16 December 1922
17 November 1928
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1931
  WMcWilliams.JPG William McWilliams
(1856–1929)
Independent 17 November 1928
22 October 1929
Died in office
  Charles William Frost.jpg Charles Frost
(1882–1964)
Labor 14 December 1929
19 December 1931
Lost seat
  Archibald Blacklow.jpg Archibald Blacklow
(1879–1965)
United Australia 19 December 1931
15 September 1934
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1936
  Charles William Frost.jpg Charles Frost
(1882–1964)
Labor 15 September 1934
28 September 1946
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Lost seat
  BillFalkinder1965.jpg Bill Falkinder
(1921–1993)
Liberal 28 September 1946
31 October 1966
Retired
  ThomasPearsall1968.jpg Thomas Pearsall
(1920–2003)
Liberal 26 November 1966
25 October 1969
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin. Lost seat
  No image.svg Ray Sherry
(1924–1989)
Labor 25 October 1969
13 December 1975
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1976
  No image.svg Bruce Goodluck
(1933–2016)
Liberal 13 December 1975
8 February 1993
Retired. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1996
  No image.svg Harry Quick
(1941–)
Labor 13 March 1993
20 August 2007
Retired
  Independent 20 August 2007 –
17 October 2007
  Julie Collins MP 2012.jpg Julie Collins
(1971–)
Labor 24 November 2007
present
Served as minister under Gillard and Rudd. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Franklin[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Julie Collins 30,911 43.99 −2.86
Liberal Dean Young 21,969 31.27 −3.95
Greens Kit Darko 11,420 16.25 +2.72
United Australia Darren Winter 4,704 6.70 +6.70
Conservative National Darren Hawes 1,257 1.79 +1.79
Total formal votes 70,261 96.85 +0.26
Informal votes 2,284 3.15 −0.26
Turnout 72,545 94.68 +0.80
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Julie Collins 43,706 62.21 +1.48
Liberal Dean Young 26,555 37.79 −1.48
Labor hold Swing +1.48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franklin, TAS, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°13′26″S 146°42′40″E / 43.224°S 146.711°E / -43.224; 146.711