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The Division of Isaacs is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, on the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay. It covers the suburbs of Mordialloc, Keysborough, Waterways, Noble Park, Chelsea, Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Edithvale, Bonbeach, Patterson Lakes and Carrum.

Isaacs
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Isaacs 2019.png
Division of Isaacs in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1969
MPMark Dreyfus
PartyLabor
NamesakeSir Isaac Isaacs
Electors108,325 (2019)
Area155 km2 (59.8 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

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HistoryEdit

 
Sir Isaac Isaacs, the division's namesake

The division was named after Sir Isaac Isaacs, former Chief Justice of Australia and the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia. It was proclaimed at the redistribution of 21 November 1968, and first contested at the 1969 federal election. Originally a marginal seat, it switched regularly between the Liberals and Labor. However, Labor has held it without interruption since 1996, and it is now considered fairly safe for that party.

The former Division of Isaacs (1949–69) was located in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and was not related to this division except in name.

Mark Dreyfus became the new Labor member in 2007. The division was also contested in 2007 by Laura Chipp, daughter of Don Chipp, for the Australian Democrats.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    David Hamer
(1923–2002)
Liberal 25 October 1969
18 May 1974
Lost seat
    Gareth Clayton
(1942–2010)
Labor 18 May 1974
13 December 1975
Lost seat
    David Hamer
(1923–2002)
Liberal 13 December 1975
10 November 1977
Transferred to the Senate
    William Burns
(1933–2009)
Liberal 10 December 1977
18 October 1980
Lost seat
    David Charles
(1948–)
Labor 18 October 1980
19 February 1990
Retired
    Rod Atkinson
(1948–)
Liberal 24 March 1990
2 March 1996
Lost seat
    Greg Wilton
(1955–2000)
Labor 2 March 1996
14 June 2000
Died in office
    Ann Corcoran
(1951–)
Labor 12 August 2000
17 October 2007
Lost preselection and retired
    Mark Dreyfus
(1956–)
Labor 24 November 2007
present
Served as minister under Gillard and Rudd. Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Isaacs[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Mark Dreyfus 43,364 44.78 +3.84
Liberal Jeremy Hearn 34,089 35.20 −7.45
Greens Kim Samiotis 10,822 11.18 +0.46
United Australia Tony Seals 3,813 3.94 +3.94
Animal Justice Bronwyn Currie 3,607 3.72 −0.62
Rise Up Australia Ash Puvimanasinghe 1,142 1.18 +0.53
Total formal votes 96,837 95.86 −0.73
Informal votes 4,180 4.14 +0.73
Turnout 101,017 93.28 +1.03
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Mark Dreyfus 54,645 56.43 +3.45
Liberal Jeremy Hearn 42,192 43.57 −3.45
Labor hold Swing +3.45

ReferencesEdit

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

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