Division of Holt
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||266 km2 (102.7 sq mi)|
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.
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.
|Liberal||25 October 1969 –
2 December 1972
|Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Dandenong. Lost seat|
|Labor||2 December 1972 –
13 December 1975
|Liberal||13 December 1975 –
18 October 1980
|Previously held the British House of Commons seat of The Wrekin. Lost seat|
|Labor||18 October 1980 –
21 January 1996
|Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired|
|Labor||2 March 1996 –
30 September 1999
|Previously a member of the Senate. Resigned in order to retire from politics|
|Labor||6 November 1999 –
|Family First||Neil Bull||5,614||5.63||+3.13|
|Rise Up Australia||Colin Robertson||4,416||4.43||+3.39|
|Total formal votes||99,630||95.00||+1.08|
- Holt, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.