Division of Chisholm

The Division of Chisholm is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Caroline Chisholm, a social worker and promoter of women's immigration. It is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and includes the suburbs of Ashwood, Blackburn, Blackburn North, Blackburn South, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Box Hill South, Burwood, Burwood East, Kerrimuir, and Laburnum; and parts of Chadstone, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Nunawading, Surrey Hills and Syndal.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Chisholm in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPGladys Liu
NamesakeCaroline Chisholm
Electors106,362 (2019)
Area65 km2 (25.1 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


Caroline Chisholm, the division's namesake

On its original boundaries, it was a comfortably safe Liberal seat centred on Camberwell. However, successive redistributions from 1980 onward have moved the electorate south-east, taking in strongly Labor-voting suburbs to balance out the relatively affluent Liberal-leaning suburbs in the north of the seat, and making the seat marginal. The first member for Chisholm, Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes, was one of Australia's most distinguished soldiers and a former Olympian, who held the seat until his death on 31 July 1970.

Labor finally took the seat in the 1983 landslide that brought Bob Hawke to power, only to lose it in 1987. Anna Burke became the second Labor member ever to win it in 1998 election and held it until her retirement in 2016. Julia Banks won the seat for the Liberals at the 2016 election, becoming the only Liberal challenger to take a seat from Labor at that election. Taking this seat off Labor turned out to be crucial in ensuring the Coalition retaining its majority; it meant they had 76 seats, as opposed to the 75 they would have had if Labor had retained this seat.

On 27 November 2018, Banks resigned from the Liberal Party due to disaffection with the party resulting from the leadership spill which removed Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister and the treatment of women within the party. Banks announced she would sit on the crossbench as an independent, but guarantee confidence and supply to the Morrison Government.[1]

Gladys Liu won Chisholm in the 2019 election for the Liberal Party against Jennifer Yang by less than 0.6%, becoming the first Chinese Australian to enter the lower house.[2][3]


Image Member Party Term Notes
    (Sir) Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Liberal 10 December 1949
31 July 1970
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Kew. Served as minister under Menzies. Died in office
    Tony Staley
Liberal 19 September 1970
19 September 1980
Served as minister under Fraser. Retired
    Graham Harris
Liberal 18 October 1980
5 March 1983
Lost seat
    Helen Mayer
Labor 5 March 1983
11 July 1987
Lost seat
    Michael Wooldridge
Liberal 11 July 1987
3 October 1998
Served as minister under Howard. Transferred to the Division of Casey
    Anna Burke
Labor 3 October 1998
9 May 2016
Served as Speaker during the Gillard and Rudd Governments. Retired
    Julia Banks
Liberal 2 July 2016
27 November 2018
Did not contest in 2019. Failed to win the Division of Flinders
  Independent 27 November 2018 –
18 May 2019
    Gladys Liu
Liberal 18 May 2019

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Chisholm[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Gladys Liu 41,172 43.38 −3.71
Labor Jennifer Yang 32,561 34.30 −0.39
Greens Luke Arthur 11,235 11.84 +0.30
Independent Ian Dobby 2,319 2.44 +2.44
Justice Anne Wicks 2,063 2.17 +2.17
Animal Justice Rosemary Lavin 1,780 1.88 −0.24
Democratic Labour Philip Jenkins 1,702 1.79 +1.79
United Australia George Zoraya 1,517 1.60 +1.60
Rise Up Australia Angela Dorian 571 0.60 −0.63
Total formal votes 94,920 95.51 −1.77
Informal votes 4,463 4.49 +1.77
Turnout 99,383 93.47 −0.96
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Gladys Liu 48,005 50.57 −2.34
Labor Jennifer Yang 46,915 49.43 +2.34
Liberal hold Swing −2.34


  1. ^ Chang, Charis (27 November 2018). "Julia Banks delivers scathing review of major parties after resigning from the Liberal Party". news.com.au. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Gladys Liu becomes first Chinese-Australian woman to enter lower house". SBS News. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ Dziedzic, foreign affairs reporter Stephen (21 May 2019). "Morrison secures majority Government with historic win of first female Chinese-Australian MP in Chisholm". ABC News. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ Chisholm, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°51′54″S 145°07′23″E / 37.865°S 145.123°E / -37.865; 145.123