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The Division of Canberra is an Australian electoral division in the Australian Capital Territory. It is named for the city of Canberra, Australia's national capital, and includes all of central Canberra, Kowen, Majura, as well as part of Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Molonglo Valley, Belconnen, and Jerrabomberra. It is currently held by Alicia Payne of the Labor Party.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Canberra 2019.png
Division of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPAlicia Payne
Electors95,348 (2019)
Area312 km2 (120.5 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


As of 2018, the division of Canberra includes Canberra Central, the Woden Valley suburbs of Curtin, Chifley, Garran and Hughes, the Belconnen suburbs of Aranda, Bruce, Cook, Giralang, Hawker, Kaleen, Lawson and Weetangera, the Jerrabomberra suburbs of Beard and Oaks Estate and the districts of Majura and Kowen.[1]


The city of Canberra, the division's namesake

The division was created in a redistribution of the former Division of Australian Capital Territory, gazetted on 19 April 1974. It originally encompassed the southern suburbs of Canberra, including the districts of Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Woden Valley. It also generally included the land in the ACT south of the Molonglo River and Lake Burley Griffin, although at one time some suburbs in the inner south of the lake were includes in the now abolished division of Fraser. Later the division included Reid and Campbell and prior to the 2018 redistribution, it included Civic, Acton, Turner south of Haig Park and east of Sullivans Creek, Braddon south of Haig Park, Reid, Campbell and Pialligo.[2] From 2016, the division included Norfolk Island.

In 2018, the Australian Electoral Commission announced substantial alterations to the boundaries of the electorate, due to the creation of a new seat (the Division of Bean) covering the majority of the Australian Capital Territory, centred on its south, as well as Norfolk Island. The new Division of Canberra only covers Canberra's inner suburbs, Majura and Kowen in the Territory's north-east, the Belconnen suburbs of Aranda, Bruce, Cook, Giralang, Hawker, Kaleen, Lawson and Weetangera, and parts of Woden Valley north of Hindmarsh Drive.[3]

For most of its history it has been a fairly safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, but it has been won by the Liberal Party twice, most recently at a 1995 by-election.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Kep Enderby
Labor 18 May 1974
13 December 1975
Previously held the Division of Australian Capital Territory. Served as minister under Whitlam. Lost seat
    John Haslem
Liberal 13 December 1975
18 October 1980
Lost seat
    Ros Kelly
Labor 18 October 1980
30 January 1995
Previously held the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly seat of Canberra. Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Resigned in order to retire from politics
    Brendan Smyth
Liberal 25 March 1995
2 March 1996
Did not contest in 1996. Failed to win the Division of Namadgi. Later elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly seat of Brindabella in 1998
    Bob McMullan
Labor 2 March 1996
3 October 1998
Previously a member of the Senate. Transferred to the Division of Fraser
    Annette Ellis
Labor 3 October 1998
19 July 2010
Previously held the Division of Namadgi. Retired
    Gai Brodtmann
Labor 21 August 2010
11 April 2019
    Alicia Payne
Labor 18 May 2019

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Canberra[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Alicia Payne 34,989 40.50 −1.95
Liberal Mina Zaki 24,063 27.85 −4.94
Greens Tim Hollo 20,144 23.31 +4.59
Independent Tim Bohm 4,062 4.70 +4.70
Progressives Robert Knight 1,784 2.06 +2.06
United Australia Greg De Maine 1,361 1.58 +1.58
Total formal votes 86,403 97.84 +0.13
Informal votes 1,904 2.16 −0.13
Turnout 88,307 92.62 +1.17
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Alicia Payne 57,961 67.08 +4.14
Liberal Mina Zaki 28,442 32.92 −4.14
Labor hold Swing +4.14


  1. ^ "Map of Division of Canberra 2018" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Map of the Federal electoral division of Fenner" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  3. ^ Whyte, Sally (6 April 2018). "ACT's new federal electorates revealed". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Canberra, ACT, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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