Division of Kooyong

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Kooyong 2019.png
Division of Kooyong in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPJosh Frydenberg
NamesakeKooyong, Victoria
Electors100,140 (2016)
Area55 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Kooyong is an Australian Electoral Division for the Australian House of Representatives in the state of Victoria, which covers an area of approximately 55 km2 (21 sq mi) in the inner-east suburbs of Melbourne. It is currently based on Kew, and also includes Balwyn, Canterbury, Deepdene, Hawthorn, Mont Albert and Mont Albert North; and parts of Camberwell, Glen Iris, Hawthorn East and Surrey Hills.

Since the 2010 election, Josh Frydenberg from the Liberal Party has been the member for the Division, following the retirement of Petro Georgiou.


Kooyong Stadium. The division takes its name from the suburb the stadium is located and named after

The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election.

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.

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.

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.[1] Frydenberg won preselection as the Liberal Party's candidate for the seat for the 2010 election, and won despite a small swing against him.


The Division is named after the suburb of Kooyong, on which it was originally based. However, the suburb of 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.[2]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  William Knox.jpg William Knox
Free Trade/Anti-Socialist 29 March 1901
26 May 1909
Previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council. Resigned due to ill health
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
26 July 1910
  Robert Best.jpg Sir Robert Best
Commonwealth Liberal 24 August 1910
17 February 1917
Previously a member of the Senate. Lost seat
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
16 December 1922
  Johnlatham.jpg John Latham
Liberal Union 16 December 1922
Served as minister under Bruce and Lyons. Served as Opposition Leader from 1929 to 1931. Retired
  Nationalist 1925 –
7 May 1931
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
7 August 1934
  Portrait Menzies 1950s.jpg (Sir) Robert Menzies
United Australia 15 September 1934
21 February 1945
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Nunawading. Served as minister under Lyons, Page and Fadden. Served as Opposition Leader from 1943 to 1949. Served as Prime Minister from 1939 to 1941, and 1949 to 1966. Resigned in order to retire from politics
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
17 February 1966
  Andrew Peacock.jpg Andrew Peacock
Liberal 2 April 1966
16 August 1994
Served as minister under Gorton, McMahon and Fraser. Served as Opposition Leader from 1983 to 1985, and 1989 to 1990. Resigned in order to retire from politics
  No image.svg Petro Georgiou
Liberal 19 November 1994
19 July 2010
  Josh Frydenberg Jakarta.jpg Josh Frydenberg
Liberal 21 August 2010
Served as minister under Turnbull. Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Kooyong[3]
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 91.70 −1.76
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. ^ The Age Online (2008). Georgiou, the party conscience, to quit. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Guidelines for naming divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  3. ^ 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