Division of Denison
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 William Denison, who was Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen’s Land 1847–55. It was located in central Hobart on the western shore of the River Derwent. As at the 2016 election (the last election before being replaced by Clark), it incorporated the area covered by the Cities of Hobart and Glenorchy, together with the northern parts of Kingborough Council, including Taroona, generally north of the Huon Highway. kunanyi / Mount Wellington was a prominent physical feature in the division’s west.
Denison was a consistently marginal seat, but was held by the Australian Labor Party between 1987 and 2010 with little difficulty. Its most prominent members were Sir Philip Fysh, a member of the first federal Cabinet; Athol Townley, Minister for Defence in the Menzies Government; and Duncan Kerr, a minister in the Keating, Rudd and Gillard governments. Townley resigned in 1964 when he was named Ambassador to the United States, but he died before taking up the appointment. Another prominent member was independent MP Andrew Wilkie, elected at the 2010 election. Denison has had 16 different members, the most (with Bass, Bendigo and Swan) of any federal electorate.
Australian federal election, 2016: Denison Party Candidate Votes % ± Independent Andrew Wilkie 29,372 44.07 +5.99 Labor Jane Austin 15,335 23.01 −1.74 Liberal Marcus Allan 13,267 19.90 −3.33 Greens Jen Brown 7,068 10.60 +2.68 Christian Democrats Amanda Excell 980 1.47 +1.47 Democratic Labour Wayne Williams 632 0.95 +0.10 Total formal votes 66,654 97.08 +1.30 Informal votes 2,002 2.92 −1.30 Turnout 68,656 92.82 −1.44 Two-party-preferred result Labor Jane Austin 43,550 65.34 +6.43 Liberal Marcus Allan 23,104 34.66 −6.43 Two-candidate-preferred result Independent Andrew Wilkie 45,176 67.78 +2.27 Labor Jane Austin 21,478 32.22 −2.27 Independent hold Swing +2.27
- “Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Tasmania decided”. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- Denison, TAS, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.