Division of Fraser

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Fraser 2010.png
Created 1974
Abolished 2016
Namesake Jim Fraser
Electors 138,047 (2013)
Area 513 km2 (198.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Fraser was an Australian Electoral Division in the Australian Capital Territory and the Jervis Bay Territory. The division was created in a redistribution of the former Division of Australian Capital Territory, gazetted on 19 April 1974. It was named for Jim Fraser, who was the Member for Australian Capital Territory from 1951 to 1970. It encompassed the northern suburbs of Canberra, including the districts of Belconnen, Gungahlin, North Canberra and also the Jervis Bay Territory. It also generally included the land in the ACT north of the Molonglo River and Lake Burley Griffin, although at one time it included some suburbs in the inner south and immediately prior to its abolition it had lost Reid and Campbell to the division of Canberra. It was always a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party.

The Australian Electoral Commission decided that, with effect from the 2016 election, the seat name would be changed to the Division of Fenner, to honour scientist Frank Fenner. The name change was due to plans by the AEC to name a seat in Victoria after former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.[1][2] The proposed name change received opposition from some people such as Jon Stanhope.[3]


Member Party Term
  Ken Fry Labor 1974–1984
  John Langmore Labor 1984–1996
  Steve Dargavel Labor 1997–1998
  Bob McMullan Labor 1998–2010
  Andrew Leigh Labor 2010–2016

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Fraser[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Andrew Leigh 56,063 44.66 −1.15
Liberal Elizabeth Lee 39,693 31.62 −0.79
Greens Adam Verwey 17,665 14.07 −5.77
Bullet Train Sam Huggins 5,099 4.06 +4.06
Palmer United Freddy Alcazar 3,063 2.44 +2.44
Democrats Darren Churchill 2,444 1.95 +1.95
Rise Up Australia Jill Ross 1,508 1.20 +1.20
Total formal votes 125,535 96.27 +0.70
Informal votes 4,859 3.73 −0.70
Turnout 130,394 94.46 +0.07
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Andrew Leigh 78,614 62.62 −1.58
Liberal Elizabeth Lee 46,921 37.38 +1.58
Labor hold Swing −1.58


  1. ^ AEC: Fenner. Retrieved 21 April 2016
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Peake, Ross (24 November 2015). "Jon Stanhope appalled by ACT federal seat renamed from Fraser to Fenner". Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Division of Fraser, ACT, Election 2013, Australian Electoral Commission, 28 November 2013.

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Coordinates: 35°14′10″S 149°06′40″E / 35.236°S 149.111°E / -35.236; 149.111