Division of Hotham

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Hotham 2019.png
Division of Hotham in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPClare O'Neil
NamesakeSir Charles Hotham
Electors107,859 (2019)
Area83 km2 (32.0 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Hotham is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Hotham covers an area of approximately 83 square kilometres from Oakleigh in the north to Dingley Village in the south. The division includes the suburbs of Bentleigh East, Clarinda, Clayton, Clayton South, Coatesville, Huntingdale, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Oakleigh East, Oakleigh South, Waverley Park, Westall, and Wheelers Hill in their entirety; as well as parts of Bentleigh, Chadstone, Glen Waverley, Heatherton, McKinnon, Mount Waverley, Ormond, Springvale, Springvale South and Syndal.


Sir Charles Hotham, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1969 and is named for Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria 1854–55. The division was originally created as a safe Liberal seat, replacing the abolished Division of Higinbotham. Its founding member was Don Chipp, a prominent Liberal who served as a minister under John Gorton, William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser—as well as Harold Holt and John McEwen while he held his old seat. Chipp ended up quitting the party in 1977 due to personal animosity towards Fraser to form the Australian Democrats, and shortly thereafter transferred to the Senate.

Demographic changes resulted in Chipp's Liberal successor Roger Johnston lose Hotham to Labor in 1980. Labor has held it without serious difficulty since then, and the seat is now considered a fairly safe Labor seat. The immediate past member, Simon Crean, was Opposition Leader from 2001 until December 2003 and was in every Labor Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet from June 1991 to March 2013. Crean retired at the 2013 election and was succeeded by fellow Labor member Clare O'Neil.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  DonChipp1969Colour.jpg Don Chipp
Liberal 25 October 1969
24 March 1977
Previously held the Division of Higinbotham. Served as minister under Gorton, McMahon and Fraser. Transferred to the Senate
  Independent 24 March 1977 –
9 May 1977
  Democrats 9 May 1977 –
10 November 1977
  No image.svg Roger Johnston
Liberal 10 December 1977
18 October 1980
Lost seat
  No image.svg Lewis Kent
Labor 18 October 1980
24 March 1990
Did not contest in 1990. Failed to win the Division of Corinella
  Simon Crean (1).jpg Simon Crean
Labor 24 March 1990
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Hawke, Keating, Rudd and Gillard. Served as Opposition Leader from 2001 to 2003. Retired
  No image.svg Clare O'Neil
Labor 7 September 2013

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Hotham[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Clare O'Neil 43,310 45.18 +2.10
Liberal George Hua 37,447 39.06 −1.28
Greens Jess Gonsalvez 8,722 9.10 +0.04
United Australia Jin Luan 3,483 3.63 +3.63
Sustainable Australia Dennis Bilic 1,772 1.85 +1.85
Rise Up Australia Peter Dorian 1,134 1.18 −0.41
Total formal votes 95,868 96.21 +0.12
Informal votes 3,780 3.79 −0.12
Turnout 99,648 92.41 −0.89
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clare O'Neil 53,597 55.91 +1.70
Liberal George Hua 42,271 44.09 −1.70
Labor hold Swing +1.70


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

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Coordinates: 37°56′46″S 145°05′49″E / 37.946°S 145.097°E / -37.946; 145.097