Division of Franklin

The Division of Franklin is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Franklin in Tasmania, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPJulie Collins
NamesakeSir John Franklin
Electors76,619 (2019)
Area10,009 km2 (3,864.5 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The division is located in southern Tasmania around the state capital, Hobart. It is the only non-contiguous federal electoral division in Australia, with the two parts of the division separated by the Division of Clark, based around central Hobart. As at the 2016 election, slightly more than half its electors are located on the eastern shore of the River Derwent, incorporating the entire City of Clarence and the suburb of Old Beach from Brighton Council. The remaining electors in the division are drawn from the southern parts of the Kingborough Council, generally south of the Huon Highway and including Bruny Island, and the entire Huon Valley Council. The division also includes the southern parts of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Macquarie Island, neither of which have permanent populations.


Sir John Franklin, the division's namesake

The division was one of the five established when the former Division of Tasmania was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for Sir John Franklin, the polar explorer who was Lt Governor of Van Diemen's Land 1843-46.

The Division of Franklin has always been a reasonably marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party and its predecessors. However, after 14 years of representation by former Labor and independent member Harry Quick, the seat of Franklin was considered safe Labor with Franklin one of very few electorates to record a swing to Labor at the 2010 election. Franklin also has a strong history of voting for strong candidates rather than for a particular party.

In 2005, sitting Labor member Harry Quick announced that he would retire at the 2007 election. When Labor preselected union official Kevin Harkins as a replacement, Quick, seeing him as unsuitable, appeared to endorse the Liberal candidate, Vanessa Goodwin, which was partly responsible for his expulsion from the Labor party. Harkins was eventually dropped as a candidate, and the Labor Party state secretary Julie Collins was installed as the ALP candidate.

Collins won the seat of Franklin at the 2007 election despite Labor suffering a 3.11% swing against on two party preferred results and 5.03% swing against in general results. Liberal candidate Vanessa Goodwin recorded a swing towards the party while the Australian Greens a swing towards the party similar to that of the Liberals.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    William McWilliams
Revenue Tariff 16 December 1903
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Ringarooma. Served as leader of the Country Party from 1920 to 1921. Lost seat
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
26 May 1909
  Liberal 26 May 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
22 January 1920
  Country 22 January 1920 –
16 December 1922
    Alfred Seabrook
Nationalist 16 December 1922
17 November 1928
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1931
    William McWilliams
Independent 17 November 1928
22 October 1929
Died in office
    Charles Frost
Labor 14 December 1929
19 December 1931
Lost seat
    Archibald Blacklow
United Australia 19 December 1931
15 September 1934
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1936
    Charles Frost
Labor 15 September 1934
28 September 1946
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Lost seat
    Bill Falkinder
Liberal 28 September 1946
31 October 1966
    Thomas Pearsall
Liberal 26 November 1966
25 October 1969
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin. Lost seat
    Ray Sherry
Labor 25 October 1969
13 December 1975
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1976
    Bruce Goodluck
Liberal 13 December 1975
8 February 1993
Retired. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1996
    Harry Quick
Labor 13 March 1993
20 August 2007
  Independent 20 August 2007 –
17 October 2007
    Julie Collins
Labor 24 November 2007
Served as minister under Gillard and Rudd. Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Franklin[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Julie Collins 30,911 43.99 −2.86
Liberal Dean Young 21,969 31.27 −3.95
Greens Kit Darko 11,420 16.25 +2.72
United Australia Darren Winter 4,704 6.70 +6.70
Conservative National Darren Hawes 1,257 1.79 +1.79
Total formal votes 70,261 96.85 +0.26
Informal votes 2,284 3.15 −0.26
Turnout 72,545 94.68 +0.80
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Julie Collins 43,706 62.21 +1.48
Liberal Dean Young 26,555 37.79 −1.48
Labor hold Swing +1.48


  1. ^ Franklin, TAS, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 43°13′26″S 146°42′40″E / 43.224°S 146.711°E / -43.224; 146.711