Division of Deakin

The Division of Deakin is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is named for Alfred Deakin, three times Prime Minister of Australia.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of DEAKIN 2016
Division of Deakin in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMichael Sukkar
NamesakeAlfred Deakin
Electors99,698 (2016)
Area70 km2 (27.0 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


Alfred Deakin crop
Alfred Deakin, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1937, initially as a rural seat, but since 1949 it has been located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, today taking in Blackburn, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Nunawading, Vermont, Vermont South and Ringwood.

Deakin has usually been held by the Liberal Party, though it became increasingly marginal from the 1980s onward. Prior to the 2013 federal election it was the second most marginal Labor Party seat in Australia. At the 2013 federal election, Michael Sukkar reclaimed the seat for the Liberal Party and was elected with 53.2% of the two-party-preferred vote.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image William Hutchinson
United Australia 23 October 1937
21 February 1945
Previously held the Division of Indi. Retired
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
31 October 1949
  FrankDavis1951 Frank Davis
Liberal 10 December 1949
31 October 1966
  No image Alan Jarman
Liberal 26 November 1966
5 March 1983
Lost seat
  No image John Saunderson
Labor 5 March 1983
1 December 1984
Transferred to the Division of Aston
  No image Julian Beale
Liberal 1 December 1984
24 March 1990
Transferred to the Division of Bruce
  No image Ken Aldred
Liberal 24 March 1990
29 January 1996
Previously held the Division of Bruce. Lost preselection and retired
  Howard Barresi Phil Barresi
Liberal 2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Lost seat
  No image Mike Symon
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat
  No image Michael Sukkar
Liberal 7 September 2013

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Deakin[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Michael Sukkar 45,161 50.03 +4.15
Labor Tony Clark 28,021 31.04 −1.69
Greens Joshua Briers 10,587 11.73 +0.90
Animal Justice Vanessa Browne 2,394 2.65 +2.65
Christians Karen Dobby 2,096 2.32 +0.40
Family First Gary Coombes 2,009 2.23 +0.87
Total formal votes 90,268 97.34 +1.67
Informal votes 2,471 2.66 −1.67
Turnout 92,739 93.02 −1.69
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Michael Sukkar 50,264 55.68 +2.50
Labor Tony Clark 40,004 44.32 −2.50
Liberal hold Swing +2.50


  1. ^ Deakin, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°49′19″S 145°12′22″E / 37.822°S 145.206°E

Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin (3 August 1856 – 7 October 1919) was an Australian politician who served as the second Prime Minister of Australia, in office for three separate terms – 1903 to 1904, 1905 to 1908, and 1909 to 1910. Before entering office, he was a leader of the movement for Australian federation.Deakin was born in Melbourne, and attended the University of Melbourne before training as a barrister. He was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1879, aged 22, and became a government minister in 1883. Deakin was a major contributor to the establishment of liberal reforms in the colony, including pro-worker industrial reforms. He also played a major part in developing irrigation in Australia.

Throughout the 1890s Deakin was a participant in conferences of representatives of the Australian colonies that were established to draft a constitution for the proposed federation. He played an important role in ensuring that the draft was liberal and democratic and in achieving compromises to enable its eventual success. Between conferences, he worked to popularise the concept of federation and campaigned for its acceptance in colonial referenda. He then fought hard to ensure acceptance of the proposed constitution by the Government of the United Kingdom. After Federation, Deakin was Attorney-General in the Barton Government from 1901 to 1903. He was one of the chief architects of the White Australia policy, overseeing the drafting of the Immigration Restriction Act 1901.

As Prime Minister, Deakin completed a significant legislative program that makes him, with Labor's Andrew Fisher, the founder of an effective Commonwealth government. He expanded the High Court, provided major funding for the purchase of ships, leading to the establishment of the Royal Australian Navy as a significant force under the Fisher government, and established Australian control of Papua. Confronted by the rising Australian Labor Party in 1909, he merged his Protectionist Party with Joseph Cook's Anti-Socialist Party to create the Commonwealth Liberal Party (known commonly as the Fusion), the main ancestor of the modern Liberal Party of Australia. The Deakin-led Liberal Party government lost to Fisher Labor at the 1910 election, which saw the first time a federal political party had been elected with a majority in either house in Federal Parliament. Deakin resigned from Parliament prior to the 1913 election, with Joseph Cook winning the Liberal Party leadership ballot.


Alfred Deakin was the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia.

Deakin may refer to:

UniversityDeakin University, Victoria, AustraliaPlacesDeakin, Australian Capital Territory, suburb of Canberra, Australia

Deakin, Western Australia, siding on the Trans-Australian Railway

Division of Deakin, Australian Electoral Division in Victoria, AustraliaPeople

See Deakin (surname)

Deakin (musician), member of Animal CollectiveOtherEvans Deakin & Company, Australian shipbuilders

Alfred Deakin High School in the suburb Deakin, Canberra, Australia.

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Electoral results for the Division of Deakin

This is a list of electoral results for the Division of Deakin in Australian federal elections from the division's creation in 1937 until the present.

Michael Sukkar

Michael Sven Sukkar (born 11 September 1981) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since September 2013, representing the Division of Deakin in Victoria for the Liberal Party. He served as the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer between 24 January 2017 and August 2018, when he returned to the backbench.

Phil Barresi

Phillip Anthony Barresi (born 8 August 1955), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the

Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 to November 2007 representing the Division of Deakin, Victoria. He was born in Patti, Sicily, and was educated at the Australian National University and Swinburne University (then the Swinburne Institute of Technology). He was a psychologist, training officer and consultant before entering politics. He was defeated by Mike Symon of the Labor Party in the 2007 election.

Barresi again contested Deakin for the Liberals at the 2010 election but was defeated in a rematch with Symon.

He now is National Employment Relations Director for the Australian Retailers Association.

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