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Division of Monash

Monash
Australian House of Representatives Division
Location of Monash (dark green) in Victoria
Created2019
MPRussell Broadbent
PartyIndependent
NamesakeSir John Monash
Electors111,241 (2022)
Area8,255 km2 (3,187.3 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of Monash is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria, which was contested for the first time at the 2019 federal election.

Geography

Federal electoral division boundaries in Australia are determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[1]

History

Sir John Monash, the division's namesake

The division is named in honour of Sir John Monash, an Australian Allied military commander during World War I.

The Division of Monash is located in the western part of the Gippsland region, which extends for the length of Victoria's eastern Bass Strait coastline. It replaced the similarly-located Division of McMillan in 2018. Monash includes the towns of Warragul, Moe, Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Foster. The seat gained Phillip Island at the 2018 redistribution and overall it stretches from Mount Baw Baw and the Baw Baw National Park in the north to Wilsons Promontory, and the Wilsons Promontory National Park in the south. It is the southernmost Electoral Division in continental Australia. Monash was created in the mandatory redistribution of divisions in Victoria by the Australian Electoral Commission in 2018.[2]

Prior to the 2022 federal election, the seat was notionally held by the Liberal Party of Australia on a margin of 6.9%, making it a fairly safe seat for the party.[3] It is now held on a margin of 2.9%, making it marginal.[4]

Members

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Russell Broadbent
(1950–)
Liberal 18 May 2019
14 November 2023
Previously held the Division of McMillan. Incumbent
  Independent 14 November 2023 –
present

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Monash[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Russell Broadbent 36,546 37.79 −8.19
Labor Jessica O'Donnell 24,759 25.60 −4.30
Independent Deb Leonard 10,372 10.72 +10.72
Greens Mat Morgan 9,533 9.86 +2.69
One Nation Allan Hicken 7,289 7.54 +0.22
United Australia Christine McShane 3,991 4.13 +0.18
Liberal Democrats Meg Edwards 3,548 3.67 +3.67
Australian Federation David Welsh 674 0.70 +0.70
Total formal votes 96,712 95.32 −0.33
Informal votes 4,752 4.68 +0.33
Turnout 101,464 91.34 −1.20
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Russell Broadbent 51,156 52.90 −3.96
Labor Jessica O'Donnell 45,556 47.10 +3.96
Liberal hold Swing −3.96

References

  1. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Monash - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". abc.net.au. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Monash, VIC – AEC Tally Room". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 March 2023.
  5. ^ Monash, VIC, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.
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