Division of Hotham

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Hotham 2019.png
Division of Hotham in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPClare O'Neil
NamesakeSir Charles Hotham
Electors99,994 (2016)
Area83 km2 (32.0 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Hotham is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Hotham covers an area of approximately 83 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.


Sir Charles Hotham, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1969 and is named for Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria 1854–55. The division was originally created as a safe Liberal seat, replacing the abolished Division of Higinbotham. Its founding member was Don Chipp, a prominent Liberal who served as a minister under John Gorton, William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser - as well as Harold Holt and John McEwen while he held his old seat. Chipp ended up quitting the party in 1977 due to personal animosity towards Fraser to form the Australian Democrats, and shortly thereafter transferred to the Senate.

Demographic changes resulted in Chipp's Liberal successor Roger Johnston lose Hotham to Labor 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.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  DonChipp1966.jpg Don Chipp
Liberal 25 October 1969
24 March 1977
Previously held the Division of Higinbotham. Served as minister under Gorton, McMahon and Fraser. Transferred to the Senate
  Independent 24 March 1977 –
9 May 1977
  Democrats 9 May 1977 –
10 November 1977
  No image.svg Roger Johnston
Liberal 10 December 1977
18 October 1980
Lost seat
  No image.svg Lewis Kent
Labor 18 October 1980
24 March 1990
Did not contest in 1990. Failed to win the Division of Corinella
  Simon Crean (1).jpg Simon Crean
Labor 24 March 1990
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Hawke, Keating, Rudd and Gillard. Served as Opposition Leader from 2001 to 2003. Retired
  No image.svg Clare O'Neil
Labor 7 September 2013

Election results[edit]

2016 Australian federal election: Hotham[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clare O'Neil 39,881 45.75 −1.38
Liberal George Hua 32,512 37.30 +0.16
Greens James Bennett 8,042 9.23 +0.71
Animal Justice Helen Jeges 2,593 2.97 +2.97
Family First Tatiana Rathbone 2,106 2.42 +0.31
Rise Up Australia Peter Vassiliou 2,030 2.33 +0.71
Total formal votes 87,164 96.13 +0.96
Informal votes 3,511 3.87 −0.96
Turnout 90,675 90.68 −1.85
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clare O'Neil 50,104 57.48 +0.21
Liberal George Hua 37,060 42.52 −0.21
Labor hold Swing +0.21


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

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