Anthony Byrne, since 1999.
South-eastern Melbourne. Holt covers the northwestern parts of Casey council area, on the edge of Melbourne. Suburbs include Cranbourne, Lynbrook, Narre Warren South, Hampton Park, Hallam, Eumemmerring, Doveton and Endeavour Hills.
Holt shifted south, losing Endeavour Hills, Doveton, Eumemmerring, Hallam and Narre Warren to Bruce. Holt gained the remainder of Narre Warren South from La Trobe, and Cranbourne South, Pearcedale, Warneet and Blind Bight from Flinders. These changes cut the Labor margin from 14.2% to 10%.
Holt was created at the 1969 election. It has mostly been held by the ALP, usually as a safe seat, except for a couple of elections.
Holt was first won in 1969 by former Liberal state MP Len Reid. Reid lost in 1972 to the ALP’s Max Oldmeadows.
Oldmeadows held the seat for two terms, losing in 1975 to Liberal candidate William Yates.
Yates held the seat until 1980, when he lost to the ALP’s Michael Duffy. The ALP has held Holt ever since.
Duffy served as a minister in the Labor federal government from 1983 to 1993, and retired at the 1996 election.
Holt was won in 1996 by senior Labor figure Gareth Evans. Evans had been a Senator since 1977, and had served as a cabinet minister for the entire length of the Hawke/Keating government. He moved to Holt in 1996, and was elected Deputy Leader of the Labor Party after the defeat of the Keating government.
Evans retired in 1999, and the ensuing by-election was easily won by the ALP’s Anthony Byrne, with no Liberal opposition. Byrne has been re-elected six times.
- Anthony Byrne (Labor)
- Jess Wheelock (Greens)
- Jatinder Singh (United Australia)
- Jennifer Van Den Broek (Liberal)
Holt is a safe Labor seat, even if the margin was hurt by the recent redistribution.
|Neil Bull||Family First||5,614||5.6||+3.1||4.8|
|Colin Robertson||Rise Up Australia||4,416||4.4||+3.4||4.2|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Holt have been divided into three parts: central, north and south.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 56.4% in the south to 70.4% in the north.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Holt at the 2016 federal election
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