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The Division of Casey is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was created in 1969 and is named for Richard Casey, who was Governor-General of Australia 1965–69.

Casey
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Casey 2019.png
Division of Casey in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1969
MPTony Smith
PartyLiberal
NamesakeRichard Casey
Electors113,324 (2019)
Area2,466 km2 (952.1 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The division is located in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and extends into the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. It covers an area of approximately 2,466 square kilometres (952 sq mi). Major suburbs and towns include Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South,Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Dixons Creek, Don Valley, Ferny Creek, Gladysdale, Gruyere, Healesville, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Kilsyth South, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Evelyn, Mount Dandenong, Olinda, Powelltown, Reefton, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Silvan, Tecoma, Upwey, Wandin, Wandin East, Warburton, Wesburn, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo.[1]

The current Member for Casey, since the 2001 federal election, is Tony Smith, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. Smith has been Speaker of the House since 2015; he is, after Bob Halverson, the second member for this electorate to occupy the chair.

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HistoryEdit

 
Richard Casey, the division's namesake

When it was created it was a highly marginal seat, and at the 1972 federal election it was regarded as the "litmus seat", which the Australian Labor Party had to win to gain government. Lost when the Liberals won in 1975, Labor picked it up again when Labor regained government in 1983. However, a redistribution ahead of the following year's election made Casey marginally Liberal. The Liberals retook the seat in that election and have held it since then. Demographic changes have also contributed in making Casey a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party, although a redistribution ahead of the 2013 federal election pushed the seat further north into the upper Yarra Valley, estimated to halve the Liberal two-party preferred majority of 4.2 per cent.[2]

Prominent members to have represented Casey include Bob Halverson, who was Speaker of the House of Representatives 1996–98; Michael Wooldridge, who served as Minister for Health in the first five years of the Howard government (1996–2001); and the present MP Tony Smith, Speaker since 2015.[2]

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Peter Howson
(1919–2009)
Liberal 25 October 1969
2 December 1972
Previously held the Division of Fawkner. Served as minister under McMahon. Lost seat
    Race Mathews
(1935–)
Labor 2 December 1972
13 December 1975
Lost seat. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Oakleigh in 1979
    Peter Falconer
(1943–)
Liberal 13 December 1975
5 March 1983
Lost seat
    Peter Steedman
(1941–)
Labor 5 March 1983
1 December 1984
Lost seat
    Bob Halverson
(1937–2016)
Liberal 1 December 1984
31 August 1998
Served as Speaker during the Howard Government. Retired
    Michael Wooldridge
(1956–)
Liberal 3 October 1998
8 October 2001
Previously held the Division of Chisholm. Served as minister under Howard. Retired
    Tony Smith
(1967–)
Liberal 10 November 2001
present
Served as Speaker during the Abbott and Turnbull Governments. Incumbent. Currently the Speaker of the House

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Casey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tony Smith 45,168 45.25 −2.29
Labor Bill Brindle 28,551 28.60 +0.41
Greens Jenny Game-Lopata 10,919 10.94 −1.90
Justice Ryan Clark 3,309 3.31 +2.59
Animal Justice Travis Barker 3,105 3.11 −1.19
United Australia Wendy Starkey 2,607 2.61 +2.61
Independent Peter Charleton 2,302 2.31 −0.32
Democratic Labour Ross McPhee 2,246 2.25 +2.25
Rise Up Australia Antony Calabro 820 0.82 −1.63
Great Australian Jayden O'Connor 801 0.80 +0.80
Total formal votes 99,828 93.54 −2.43
Informal votes 6,892 6.46 +2.43
Turnout 106,720 94.19 +0.54
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Tony Smith 54,551 54.64 +0.10
Labor Bill Brindle 45,277 45.36 −0.10
Liberal hold Swing +0.10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Casey (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Casey results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  3. ^ Casey, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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