Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir John Franklin|
|Area||10,009 km2 (3,864.5 sq mi)|
The Division of Franklin is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania.
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.
| William McWilliams |
|Revenue Tariff|| 16 December 1903 –|
|Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Ringarooma. Lost seat|
26 May 1909
|Liberal||26 May 1909 –|
17 February 1917
|Nationalist||17 February 1917 –|
22 January 1920
|Country||22 January 1920 –|
16 December 1922
| Alfred Seabrook |
|Nationalist|| 16 December 1922 –|
17 November 1928
|Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1931|
| William McWilliams |
|Independent|| 17 November 1928 –|
22 October 1929
|Died in office|
| Charles Frost |
|Labor|| 14 December 1929 –|
19 December 1931
| Archibald Blacklow |
|United Australia|| 19 December 1931 –|
15 September 1934
|Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1936|
| Charles Frost |
|Labor|| 15 September 1934 –|
28 September 1946
|Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Lost seat|
| Bill Falkinder |
|Liberal|| 28 September 1946 –|
31 October 1966
| Thomas Pearsall |
|Liberal|| 26 November 1966 –|
25 October 1969
|Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin. Lost seat|
| Ray Sherry |
|Labor|| 25 October 1969 –|
13 December 1975
|Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1976|
| Bruce Goodluck |
|Liberal|| 13 December 1975 –|
8 February 1993
|Retired. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin in 1996|
| Harry Quick |
|Labor|| 13 March 1993 –|
20 August 2007
|Independent||20 August 2007 –|
17 October 2007
| Julie Collins |
|Labor|| 24 November 2007 –|
|Served as minister under Gillard and Rudd. Incumbent|
|United Australia||Darren Winter||4,704||6.70||+6.70|
|Conservative National||Darren Hawes||1,257||1.79||+1.79|
|Total formal votes||70,261||96.85||+0.26|
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