Division of Fenner

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Fenner
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Fenner 2019.png
Division of Fenner in the Australian Capital Territory (including the Jervis Bay Territory), as of the 2019 federal election.
Created2016
MP Andrew Leigh
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Frank Fenner
Electors 96,017 (2019)
Area238 km2 (91.9 sq mi)
DemographicInner metropolitan

The Division of Fenner is an Australian Electoral Division in the Australian Capital Territory and the Jervis Bay Territory. As of the 2018 redistribution, it includes Gungahlin and the part of Belconnen north of Belconnen Way and west of Eastern Valley Way, Aikman Drive and William Slim Drive (the suburbs of Belconnen, Charnwood, Dunlop, Evatt, Florey, Flynn, Fraser, Higgins, Holt, Latham, Macgregor, Macnamara, McKellar, Melba, Page, Scullin, Spence and Strathnairn). It also includes the Jervis Bay Territory. [1]

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Geography

Federal electoral division boundaries in Australia are determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state or territory, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state or territory's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state or territory are malapportioned. [2]

History

Fenner replaced the abolished Division of Fraser from 2016. Fraser was always a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party.

The Australian Electoral Commission decided that, with effect from the 2016 election, the former Division of Fraser would be changed to the Division of Fenner, to honour scientist Frank Fenner. The name change was due to plans by the AEC to name a seat in Victoria after former prime minister Malcolm Fraser. [3] [4] The proposed name change met with opposition from a number of ACT residents. For instance, former ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said that the name change "traduces" the legacy of Jim Fraser, the MP for Division of Australian Capital Territory from 1951 to 1970 and a man "close to the heart of Canberrans." He also claimed that Fenner himself would have objected to the proposal. [5]

Fenner originally included the land in the ACT north of the Molonglo River and Lake Burley Griffin, including the districts of Belconnen, Gungahlin, North Canberra, except Civic, Acton, Turner south of Haig Park and east of Sullivans Creek, Braddon south of Haig Park, Reid, Campbell and Pialligo. [6]

At the 2018 redistribution, it lost all of its territory in North Canberra, the rural districts of Majura and Kowen and the Belconnen suburbs of Aranda, Bruce, Cook, Giralang, Hawker, Kaleen, Lawson, Macquarie and Weetangera to Canberra. [1]

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  Andrew Leigh 2017.jpg Andrew Leigh
(1972–)
Labor 2 July 2016
present
Previously held the Division of Fraser. Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Fenner [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labor Andrew Leigh 38,86444.86−1.12
Liberal Leanne Castley 30,02534.66+1.37
Greens Andrew Braddock 12,49214.42+1.42
United Australia Glen Hodgson3,5294.07+4.07
Progressives Kagiso Ratlhagane1,7231.99+1.99
Total formal votes86,63397.01+0.01
Informal votes2,6692.99−0.01
Turnout 89,30293.01+1.81
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Andrew Leigh 52,46260.56−1.28
Liberal Leanne Castley 34,17139.44+1.28
Labor hold Swing −1.28

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References

  1. 1 2 "Map of the Federal electoral division of Fenner" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. July 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. "Profile of the electoral division of Fenner (ACT)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. "Proposed redistribution of the Australian Capital Territory into electoral divisions" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  5. Peake, Ross (24 November 2015). "Jon Stanhope appalled by ACT federal seat renamed from Fraser to Fenner". Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. "Map of the Federal electoral division of Fenner" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. Fenner, ACT, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 35°14′10″S149°06′40″E / 35.236°S 149.111°E / -35.236; 149.111