Division of Nicholls

Last updated

Nicholls
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Nicholls 2019.png
Location of Nicholls (dark green) in Victoria, Australia
Created2019
Namesake Sir Douglas Nicholls
Lady Gladys Nicholls
Electors 111,170 (2019)
Area14,768 km2 (5,702.0 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of Nicholls is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria, which will be contested for the first time at the 2019 federal election.

Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives federal electorates in Australia

In Australia, electoral districts for the Australian House of Representatives are called divisions or more commonly referred to as electorates or seats. There are currently 151 single-member electorates for the Australian House of Representatives.

States and territories of Australia first-level subdivision of Australia

Government in the Commonwealth of Australia is exercised on three levels: federal, states and territories, and local government.

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea, to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Contents

History

A statue of Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls, the division's namesakes Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls Memorial.jpg
A statue of Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls, the division's namesakes

The division is named in honour of Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls, in recognition of their contributions to the advocacy of Aboriginal rights.

Douglas Nicholls Governor of South Australia (1976-77)

Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls, was a prominent Aboriginal Australian from the Yorta Yorta people. He was a professional athlete, Churches of Christ pastor and church planter, ceremonial officer and a pioneering campaigner for reconciliation.

Gladys Nicholls Australian Aboriginal activist

Gladys Naby Muriel Nicholls, Lady Nicholls was an Australian Aboriginal activist, who made significant contributions to developing support networks and improving conditions for the urban Aboriginal community in Melbourne, Victoria, and across Australia, from the 1940s to the 1970s.

The Division of Nicholls was created in 2019 after the Australian Electoral Commission oversaw a mandatory redistribution of divisions in Victoria. [1] Nicholls replaced the Division of Murray in the same location. It is located in the north of the state, adjoining the Murray River, which forms Victoria's border with New South Wales and includes the towns of Shepparton, Yarrawonga, Seymour and Broadford. [2]

Australian Electoral Commission national election commission of Australia

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is the independent federal agency in charge of organising, conducting and supervising federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

In Australia, a redistribution is the process of redrawing the boundaries of electoral divisions to reflect changes in population and changes in the number of representatives. The Australian Electoral Commission, an independent statutory authority, oversees the redistribution process for federal elections, taking into account many factors. Politicians, political parties and the public may make submissions to the AEC on proposed new boundaries, but any interference with their deliberations is considered a serious offence.

Division of Murray former Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Murray was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It was located in the north of the state, adjoining the Murray River, which forms Victoria's border with New South Wales. It included the towns of Shepparton, Echuca, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Boort and Bridgewater. In 2018 the division was renamed the Division of Nicholls, coming into effect at the 2019 federal election.

Prior to the 2019 election the seat was notionally held by the National Party on a margin of 22.3%, making it a very safe seat for the party. [3] Its predecessor had been safely conservative for nearly its entire existence since its creation in 1949, with the Liberal Party and the National Party holding it for long spells. Indeed, much of this region has been held by a conservative party since Federation; the area was part of Division of Echuca from 1901 to 1937, then Indi from 1937 to 1949.

The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. Traditionally representing graziers, farmers, and rural voters generally, it began as the Australian Country Party in 1920 at a federal level. It would later briefly adopt the name National Country Party in 1975, before adopting its current name in 1982.

Liberal Party of Australia Australian political party

The Liberal Party of Australia is a major centre-right political party in Australia, one of the two major parties in Australian politics, along with the centre-left Australian Labor Party (ALP). It was founded in 1944 as the successor to the United Australia Party (UAP).

The Division of Echuca was an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It was abolished in 1937. It was named for the town of Echuca. It was located in the Murray Valley area, including the towns of Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester and Shepparton. After 1919, it was a safe seat for the Country Party.

The final member for Murray, Damian Drum of the Nationals, followed most of his constituents into Nicholls and easily retained it, albeit with a small swing against him.

Damian Kevin Drum is an Australian politician who has represented Murray and Nicholls in the Australian House of Representatives since the 2016 federal election as a member of The Nationals. Drum served as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister in the Second Turnbull Ministry between 20 December 2017 and 5 March 2018.

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  No image.svg Damian Drum
(1960–)
Nationals 18 May 2019
present
Previously held the Division of Murray. Incumbent

Election Results

2019 Australian federal election: Nicholls [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Damian Drum 48,85551.27+18.58
Labor Bill Lodwick18,49319.41+2.32
One Nation Rikkie-Lee Tyrrell10,75411.29+11.29
United Australia Stewart Hine5,0775.33+5.33
Independent Andrew Bock4,5814.81+3.39
Greens Nickee Freeman4,0114.21−0.23
Independent Jeremy Parker1,7721.86+1.86
Independent Nigel Hicks1,7491.84+1.00
Total formal votes95,29292.54+1.16
Informal votes7,6797.46−1.16
Turnout 102,97192.65−0.80
Two-party-preferred result
National Damian Drum 66,73270.03−2.49
Labor Bill Lodwick28,56029.97+2.49
National hold Swing −2.49

Related Research Articles

Division of Corangamite Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Corangamite is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lake Corangamite, although the lake no longer falls within the division's boundaries.

Division of Barker Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Barker is an Australian Electoral Division in the south-east of South Australia. The division was established on 2 October 1903, when South Australia's original single multi-member division was split into seven single-member divisions. It is named for Collet Barker, an early explorer of the region at the mouth of the Murray River. The 63,886 km² seat currently stretches from Morgan in the north to Port MacDonnell in the south, taking in the Murray Mallee, the Riverland, the Murraylands and most of the Barossa Valley, and includes the towns of Barmera, Berri, Bordertown, Coonawarra, Keith, Kingston SE, Loxton, Lucindale, Mannum, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Penola, Renmark, Robe, Tailem Bend, Waikerie, and parts of Nuriootpa and Tanunda.

Division of Kennedy Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Kennedy is an Australian electoral division in the state of Queensland.

Division of Indi Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Indi is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division is located in the north-east of the state, adjoining the border with New South Wales. The largest settlements in the division are the regional cities of Wodonga, Wangaratta, and Benalla. Other towns in the electorate include Rutherglen, Mansfield, Beechworth, Myrtleford, Bright, Alexandra, Tallangatta, Corryong and a number of other small villages. While Indi is one of the largest electorates in Victoria, much of it is located within the largely uninhabited Australian Alps. While Wodonga serves as a regional hub for much of the more heavily populated northern part of the electorate, the southern part is closer to Melbourne than Wodonga.

Division of Wannon Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Wannon is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria.

Division of Lalor Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Lalor is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. Located in the south-western suburbs of Melbourne, it includes the south-western hub of Werribee as well as the suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Truganina, Wyndham Vale and part of Point Cook.

Division of McMillan Australian federal electoral division

The Division of McMillan was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It was located in the western part of the Gippsland region, which extends for the length of Victoria's eastern Bass Strait coastline. It included the outer south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Pakenham, and also included the towns of Warragul, Moe, Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Foster. It stretched from Mount Baw Baw and the Baw Baw National Park in the north to Wilsons Promontory, and the Wilsons Promontory National Park in the south. It was the southernmost electoral division in continental Australia. It was replaced by the Division of Monash in 2019.

Division of Mallee Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Mallee is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the far north-west of the state, adjoining the border with South Australia in the west, and the Murray River in the north. At 81,962 square kilometres (31,646 sq mi), it is the largest Division in Victoria. It includes the centres of Mildura, Ouyen, Swan Hill, St Arnaud, Warracknabeal, Stawell and Horsham.

Division of Kingsford Smith Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Kingsford Smith is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

Division of Mitchell Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Mitchell is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

Division of Wakefield former Australian federal electoral division (1903-2019)

The Division of Wakefield was an Australian electoral division in the state of South Australia. The seat was a hybrid rural-urban electorate that stretched from Salisbury in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide at the south of the seat right through to the Clare Valley at the north of the seat, 135 km from Adelaide. It included the suburbs of Elizabeth, Craigmore, Munno Para, and part of Salisbury, and the towns of Balaklava, Clare, Freeling, Gawler, Kapunda, Mallala, Riverton, Tarlee, Virginia, Williamstown, and part of Port Wakefield.

Division of Moore Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Moore is an Australian electoral division in the state of Western Australia.

2019 Australian federal election Election for the 46th Parliament of Australia

The 2019 Australian federal election was held on Saturday 18 May 2019 to elect members of the 46th Parliament of Australia. The election had been called following the dissolution of the 45th Parliament as elected at the 2016 double dissolution federal election. All 151 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 of the 76 seats in the Senate were up for election.

Division of Monash Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Monash is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria, which was contested for the first time at the 2019 federal election.

Division of Cooper Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Cooper is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria, which will be contested for the first time at the 2019 federal election.

Division of Macnamara Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Macnamara is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria, which was contested for the first time at the 2019 federal election. The division is named in honour of Dame Jean Macnamara, a medical researcher and doctor who specialised in the polio virus and was involved in children's health initiatives.

Division of Fraser (Victoria) Australian federal electoral division in Victoria

The Division of Fraser is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria, which was contested for the first time at the 2019 federal election.

References

  1. "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 June 2018.
  2. "Map: Division of Nicholls" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission.
  3. "2017-18 Federal Redistributions - Victoria". ABC Elections. 20 June 2018.
  4. Nicholls, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.