Division of Higgins

Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Higgins is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria.

Australian House of Representatives Division
MPMichelle Ananda-Rajah
NamesakeH. B. Higgins
Area39 km2 (15.1 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan
H.B. Higgins

It was created in 1949 and is named after Justice H. B. Higgins (1851–1929). Higgins was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1894), president of the Carlton Football Club (1904), a member of the Australian House of Representatives (1901–1906), and a judge of the High Court of Australia (1906–1929).

The Division of Higgins covers the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including Armadale, Ashburton, Malvern, Toorak and parts of Glen Iris, Camberwell, Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Prahran, and South Yarra.


Member Party Term
  Harold Holt Liberal 1949–1967
  John Gorton Liberal 1968–1975
  Independent 1975–1975
  Roger Shipton Liberal 1975–1990
  Peter Costello Liberal 1990–2009
  Kelly O'Dwyer Liberal 2009–present

Higgins has been important in Australian federal politics and for the Liberal Party of Australia. The seat's first two members, Harold Holt and Sir John Gorton, were the 17th and 19th Prime Ministers of Australia. Higgins is the only Division to have been held by two Prime Ministers.

Peter Costello the longest serving Treasurer of Australia and former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party also held the seat from 1990–2009. He resigned in 2009 which meant a by-election had to be held. There had also been a by-election in 1967, after Harold Holt disappeared in the sea.

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Higgins[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Katie Allen 38,859 40.69 −5.84
Labor Michelle Ananda-Rajah 27,187 28.46 +2.39
Greens Sonya Semmens 21,632 22.65 −0.06
Liberal Democrats Matthew Ford 2,648 2.77 +2.77
United Australia Ingram Spencer 1,917 2.01 +0.84
Reason Andrew Johnson 1,458 1.53 +1.53
Animal Justice Alicia Walker 1,295 1.36 −0.40
Australian Federation Suzie Menoudakis 515 0.54 +0.54
Total formal votes 95,511 97.18 −0.31
Informal votes 2,774 2.82 +0.31
Turnout 98,285 91.23 −2.45
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michelle Ananda-Rajah 49,726 52.06 +4.67
Liberal Katie Allen 45,785 47.94 −4.67
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +4.67


  1. Higgins, VIC, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
Harold Holt
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
John Gorton
Succeeded by

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