Division of Franklin
The division is located in southern Tasmania around the state capital, Hobart. It is the only non-contiguous federal electoral division in Australia, with the two parts of the division separated by the Division of Denison, based around central Hobart. As at the 2016 election, slightly more than half its electors are located on the eastern shore of the River Derwent, incorporating the entire City of Clarence and the suburb of Old Beach from Brighton Council. The remaining electors in the division are drawn from the southern parts of the Kingborough Council, generally south of the Huon Highway and including Bruny Island, and the entire Huon Valley Council. The division also includes the southern parts of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Macquarie Island, neither of which have permanent populations.
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 John Franklin, the polar explorer who was Lt Governor of Van Diemen’s Land 1843-46.
The Division of Franklin has always been a reasonably marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party and its predecessors. However, after 14 years of representation by former Labor and independent member Harry Quick, the seat of Franklin was considered safe Labor with Franklin one of very few electorates to record a swing to Labor at the 2010 election. Franklin also has a strong history of voting for strong candidates rather than for a particular party.
In 2005, sitting Labor member Harry Quick announced that he would retire at the 2007 election. When Labor preselected union official Kevin Harkins as a replacement, Quick, seeing him as unsuitable, appeared to endorse the Liberal candidate, Vanessa Goodwin, which was partly responsible for his expulsion from the Labor party. Harkins was eventually dropped as a candidate, and the Labor Party state secretary Julie Collins was installed as the ALP candidate.
Collins won the seat of Franklin at the 2007 election despite the Labor suffering a 3.11% swing against on two party preferred results and 5.03% swing against in general results. Liberal Party candidate Vanessa Goodwin recorded a swing towards the party while the Australian Greens a swing towards the party similar to that of the Liberals.
Australian federal election, 2016: Franklin Party Candidate Votes % ± Labor Julie Collins 32,724 47.01 +7.08 Liberal Amanda-Sue Markham 24,542 35.26 −3.45 Greens Martine Delaney 9,293 13.35 +1.17 Arts Tim Sanderson 1,673 2.40 +2.40 Christian Democrats George Muskett 1,375 1.98 +1.98 Total formal votes 69,607 96.60 +0.37 Informal votes 2,453 3.40 −0.37 Turnout 72,060 93.85 −1.24 Two-party-preferred result Labor Julie Collins 42,264 60.72 +5.63 Liberal Amanda-Sue Markham 27,343 39.28 −5.63 Labor hold Swing +5.63
- Franklin, TAS, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.