- Division of Franklin
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Franklin (green) in Tasmania
Created: 1903 MP: Julie Collins Party: Labor Namesake: John Franklin Area: 6,514 km² (2,515 sq mi) Demographic: Outer Metropolitan
The Division of Franklin is an Australian Electoral Division in Tasmania. The division was created in 1903 and is named for Sir John Franklin, the polar explorer who was Lt Governor of Van Diemen's Land 1843-46. It is located in southern Tasmania, including the Hobart suburbs of Bridgewater, Cygnet, Kingston and Lauderdale. It has always been a reasonably marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party and its predecessors.
Although after 14 years of representation by former Labor and independent member Harry Quick the seat of Franklin was considered safe Labor, Franklin was 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.
Julie 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.
Member Party Term William McWilliams Revenue Tariff 1903–1906 Anti-Socialist 1906–1909 Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917 Nationalist 1917–1920 Country 1920–1922 Alfred Seabrook Nationalist 1922–1928 William McWilliams Independent 1928–1929 Charles Frost Labor 1929–1931 Archibald Blacklow United Australia 1931–1934 Charles Frost Labor 1934–1946 Bill Falkinder Liberal 1946–1966 Thomas Pearsall Liberal 1966–1969 Ray Sherry Labor 1969–1975 Bruce Goodluck Liberal 1975–1993 Harry Quick Labor 1993–2007 Independent 2007–2007 Julie Collins Labor 2007–present
Australian federal election, 2010: Franklin Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labor Julie Collins 28,079 42.85 +2.17 Liberal Jane Howlett 21,938 33.48 -7.82 Greens Wendy Heatley 13,675 20.87 +6.15 Independent John Forster 1,839 2.81 +2.81 Total formal votes 65,531 96.52 -0.83 Informal votes 2,365 3.48 +0.83 Turnout 67,896 95.51 -0.35 Two-candidate preferred result Labor Julie Collins 39,856 60.82 +6.79 Liberal Jane Howlett 25,675 39.18 -6.79 Labor hold Swing +6.79
- Division of Franklin, Australian Electoral Commission
Electoral Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives in Tasmania Divisions in: New South Wales · Victoria · Queensland · Western Australia · South Australia · Tasmania · Australian Capital and Northern Territories
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