Division of Holt

The Division of Holt is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is located in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including Blind Bight, Botanic Ridge, Cannons Creek, Clyde, Cranbourne, Devon Meadows, Hampton Park, Junction Village, Lynbrook, and Warneet; and parts of Clyde North, Lyndhurst, Narre Warren South, Pearcedale and Tooradin.

Holt
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Holt in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1969
MPAnthony Byrne
PartyLabor
NamesakeHarold Holt
Electors106,830 (2019)
Area266 km2 (102.7 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

HistoryEdit

 
Harold Holt, the division's namesake

The division was created in the 1969 redistribution, and is named after Harold Holt. Holt was a long-serving minister under successive governments led by Robert Menzies. Holt became Prime Minister upon Menzies' retirement in January 1966, although Holt would only serve less than two years before disappearing off Cheviot Beach.

Historically a marginal seat, over time the seat became safer for the Australian Labor Party. However, after the 2004 election it was again highly marginal due to voter backlash over the announcement that the proposed Scoresby Freeway would be a tollway rather than a freeway. The seat returned to its safe status following the 2007 election.

Its most prominent members include Michael Duffy and Gareth Evans. Both served as ministers under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, though Evans was a Senator during that period. Evans also served as deputy under Kim Beazley from 1996 to 1998.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Len Reid
(1916–2003)
Liberal 25 October 1969
2 December 1972
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Dandenong. Lost seat
    Max Oldmeadow
(1924–2013)
Labor 2 December 1972
13 December 1975
Lost seat
    William Yates
(1921–2010)
Liberal 13 December 1975
18 October 1980
Previously held the British House of Commons seat of The Wrekin. Lost seat
    Michael Duffy
(1938–)
Labor 18 October 1980
21 January 1996
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
    Gareth Evans
(1944–)
Labor 2 March 1996
30 September 1999
Previously a member of the Senate. Resigned in order to retire from politics
    Anthony Byrne
(1962–)
Labor 6 November 1999
present
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Holt[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Anthony Byrne 48,031 50.73 +1.92
Liberal Jennifer Van Den Broek 33,963 35.87 +2.11
Greens Jess Wheelock 6,735 7.11 +0.59
United Australia Jatinder Singh 5,958 6.29 +6.29
Total formal votes 94,687 95.88 +0.78
Informal votes 4,069 4.12 −0.78
Turnout 98,756 92.46 +4.39
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anthony Byrne 55,577 58.70 −1.24
Liberal Jennifer Van Den Broek 39,110 41.30 +1.24
Labor hold Swing −1.24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holt, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 38°02′38″S 145°16′52″E / 38.044°S 145.281°E / -38.044; 145.281