Division of Kooyong

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of KOOYONG 2016.png
Division of Kooyong in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Josh Frydenberg
Party Liberal
Namesake Kooyong, Victoria
Electors 100,108 (2016)
Area 52 km2 (20.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Kooyong is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. It covers an area of approximately 52 km2 (20 sq mi) in the inner-east suburbs of Melbourne. It is named after the suburb of Kooyong, on which it was originally based. However, Kooyong has not been in its namesake electorate for some time, being instead in neighbouring Higgins. Nonetheless, the seat has retained the name of Kooyong, primarily because the Australian Electoral Commission's guidelines on electoral redistributions require it to preserve the names of original electorates where possible.[1]

It is currently based on Kew, and also includes Balwyn, Camberwell, Canterbury, Hawthorn and parts of Surrey Hills.

Kooyong has been held by the Liberal Party of Australia and its predecessors for its entire existence. It is one of two original electorates in Victoria to have never been won by the Australian Labor Party, the other being Gippsland. For decades, it has been one of the safest Coalition seats in metropolitan Australia; Labor presently needs an 11-point swing to win it.

The seat's best-known member was Sir Robert Menzies, the longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia. From 1922 to 1994, it was held by only three members, all of whom went on to lead the non-Labor forces in Parliament--former Opposition Leader and future Chief Justice John Latham, Menzies, and former Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock.

In the 1990 election, comedian Tim Ferguson of the Doug Anthony All Stars stood as an independent candidate for Kooyong against Peacock,[2] gaining 3.7% of the vote.[3]

Peacock's successor, high-profile Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou, saw off a challenge from Josh Frydenberg for Liberal Party preselection in April 2006. On 22 November 2008, Georgiou announced his retirement at the next federal election.[4] Frydenberg won preselection as the Liberal Party's candidate for the seat for the 2010 election, and won despite a small swing against him.


Member Party Term
  William Knox Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Sir Robert Best Commonwealth Liberal 1910–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  John Latham Liberal Union 1922–1925
  Nationalist 1925–1931
  United Australia 1931–1934
  Sir Robert Menzies United Australia 1934–1944
  Liberal 1944–1966
  Andrew Peacock Liberal 1966–1994
  Petro Georgiou Liberal 1994–2010
  Josh Frydenberg Liberal 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Kooyong[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Josh Frydenberg 52,401 58.22 +2.53
Labor Marg D'Arcy 17,825 19.80 −2.63
Greens Helen McLeod 17,027 18.92 +2.34
Independent Angelina Zubac 2,750 3.06 +2.35
Total formal votes 90,003 98.01 +1.40
Informal votes 1,823 1.99 −1.40
Turnout 91,826 91.73 −1.73
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Josh Frydenberg 57,007 63.34 +2.28
Labor Marg D'Arcy 32,996 36.66 −2.28
Liberal hold Swing +2.28


  1. ^ "Guidelines for naming divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Vote 1 the blonde chick from Moe - Opinion - www.theage.com.au
  3. ^ Results for Kooyong
  4. ^ The Age Online (2008). Georgiou, the party conscience, to quit. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  5. ^ Kooyong, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°48′43″S 145°03′40″E / 37.812°S 145.061°E / -37.812; 145.061