Division of Hotham

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of HOTHAM 2016.png
Division of Hotham in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1969
MP Clare O'Neil
Party Labor
Namesake Charles Hotham
Electors 110,010 (2016)
Area 75 km2 (29.0 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Hotham is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1969 and is named for Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria 1854–55. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Hotham covers an area of approximately 72 square kilometres from Oakleigh in the north to Dingley Village in the south. The Division includes the suburbs of Bentleigh East, Clarinda, Dingley Village, Heatherton and Moorabbin in their entirety, and parts of Clayton, Cheltenham, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena, Noble Park, Oakleigh, and Springvale. Hotham is the only electorate in Victoria which does not have either a waterway or a body of water forming any part of its boundary.

The Division was originally created as a safe Liberal seat. However, demographic changes resulted in Labor taking it in 1980. Labor has held it without serious difficulty since then, and the seat is now considered a fairly safe Labor seat. The immediate past member, Simon Crean, was Opposition Leader from 2001 until December 2003 and was in every Labor Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet from June 1991 to March 2013. Crean retired at the 2013 election and was succeeded by fellow Labor member Clare O'Neil.


Member Party Term
  Don Chipp Liberal 1969–1977
  Independent 1977–1977
  Democrats 1977–1977
  Roger Johnston Liberal 1977–1980
  Lewis Kent Labor 1980–1990
  Simon Crean Labor 1990–2013
  Clare O'Neil Labor 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Hotham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clare O'Neil 37,678 46.14 −0.99
Liberal George Hua 30,527 37.39 +0.25
Greens James Bennett 7,224 8.85 +0.33
Animal Justice Helen Jeges 2,393 2.93 +2.93
Rise Up Australia Peter Vassiliou 1,925 2.36 +0.74
Family First Tatiana Rathbone 1,905 2.33 +0.22
Total formal votes 81,652 96.12 +0.95
Informal votes 3,924 3.88 -0.95
Turnout 84,946
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clare O'Neil 46,946 57.51 +0.24
Liberal George Hua 34,696 42.49 -0.24
Labor hold Swing +0.24


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Coordinates: 37°56′46″S 145°05′49″E / 37.946°S 145.097°E / -37.946; 145.097