Division of Isaacs

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This article is about the current federal electorate. For the former electorate, see Division of Isaacs (1949–69).
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Isaacs in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1969
MP Mark Dreyfus
Party Labor
Namesake Isaac Isaacs
Electors 105,722 (2016)
Area 166 km2 (64.1 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Isaacs is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, on the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay. It covers the suburbs of Mordialloc, Keysborough, Waterways, Noble Park, Chelsea, Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Edithvale, Bonbeach, Patterson Lakes and Carrum.

The division was named after Sir Isaac Isaacs, former Chief Justice of Australia and the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia. It was proclaimed at the redistribution of 21 November 1968, and first contested at the 1969 federal election. Originally a marginal seat, it switched regularly between the Liberals and Labor. However, Labor has held it without interruption since 1996, and it is now considered fairly safe for that party.

The former Division of Isaacs (1949–69) was located in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and was not related to this division except in name.

Mark Dreyfus became the new Labor member in 2007. The division was also contested in 2007 by Laura Chipp, daughter of Don Chipp, for the Australian Democrats.


Member Party Term
  David Hamer Liberal 1969–1974
  Gareth Clayton Labor 1974–1975
  David Hamer Liberal 1975–1977
  William Burns Liberal 1977–1980
  David Charles Labor 1980–1990
  Rod Atkinson Liberal 1990–1996
  Greg Wilton Labor 1996–2000
  Ann Corcoran Labor 2000–2007
  Mark Dreyfus Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Isaacs[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Mark Dreyfus 41,144 44.49 +3.16
Liberal Garry Spencer 37,312 40.35 +0.14
Greens Alex Breskin 9,429 10.20 +3.14
Animal Justice Elizabeth Johnston 4,585 4.96 +4.96
Total formal votes 92,470 96.31 +1.11
Informal votes 3,539 3.69 −1.11
Turnout 96,009 90.81 −2.23
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Mark Dreyfus 51,538 55.73 +1.87
Liberal Garry Spencer 40,932 44.27 −1.87
Labor hold Swing +1.87


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

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Coordinates: 38°02′20″S 145°10′16″E / 38.039°S 145.171°E / -38.039; 145.171