Division of Higgins

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Higgins 2013.png
Division of Higgins (green) in Victoria
Created 1949
MP Kelly O'Dwyer
Party Liberal
Namesake H. B. Higgins
Electors 98,241 (2013)
Area 40 km2 (15.4 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Higgins is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria.

The division was created in 1949 and is named after Justice H. B. Higgins (1851–1929), who was a Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1894), president of the Carlton Football Club (1904), a founding Member of Australian House of Representatives (1901–1906) and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1906–1929).

It is located in Liberal Party heartland of inner eastern Melbourne, including the ultra-affluent suburbs of Armadale, Kooyong, Malvern and Toorak, as well as middle-class Ashburton, Carnegie, Glen Iris, Prahran and South Yarra.

Historically the seat has been prominent in Australian federal politics, especially for the Liberal Party. The seat's first two members, Harold Holt and Sir John Gorton, were Prime Ministers of Australia in 1966–67 and 1968–71 respectively. Higgins is the only Division to have been held by two Prime Ministers. This occurred when Holt went missing while Prime Minister, and then-Senator Gorton was elected as his replacement.

More recently the Division of Higgins was held by the longest serving Treasurer of Australia and former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Peter Costello who was a prominent member of the Howard Government. Costello resigned from the seat on 19 October 2009, and was succeeded in the ensuing by-election by current member Kelly O'Dwyer.


Member Party Term
  Harold Holt Liberal 1949–1967
  John Gorton Liberal 1968–1975
  Independent 1975–1975
  Roger Shipton Liberal 1975–1990
  Peter Costello Liberal 1990–2009
  Kelly O'Dwyer Liberal 2009–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Higgins
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kelly O'Dwyer 47,467 54.37 +3.89
Labor Wesa Chau 21,027 24.08 −5.22
Greens James Harrison 14,669 16.80 −0.97
Independent Graeme Weber 1,663 1.90 +1.90
Palmer United Phillip Dall 1,385 1.59 +1.59
Family First Jamie Baldwin 742 0.85 −0.19
Rise Up Australia Leanne Price 354 0.41 +0.41
Total formal votes 87,307 96.42 −0.68
Informal votes 3,239 3.58 +0.68
Turnout 90,546 91.97 −1.89
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Kelly O'Dwyer 52,323 59.93 +4.53
Labor Wesa Chau 34,984 40.07 −4.53
Liberal hold Swing +4.53


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Coordinates: 37°51′32″S 145°02′49″E / 37.859°S 145.047°E / -37.859; 145.047