Kelly O’Dwyer, since 2009.
Higgins covers suburbs in the inner south-east of Melbourne. Its suburbs include South Yarra, Prahran, Toorak, Carnegie, Malvern and Glen Iris. Most of the seat is covered by Stonnington LGA, as well as southern parts of Boroondara LGA and small parts of Glen Eira and Monash LGAs.
Higgins lost Camberwell in the north to Kooyong, and gained areas around Carnegie and Ormond from Goldstein and Hotham. The redistribution reduced the Liberal margin from 6.8% to 5.4%.
Higgins was first created in 1949 when the Parliament was expanded in size. Its first member was Harold Holt, who had previously been Member for Fawkner in the same part of Melbourne. Holt was a minister in the Menzies United Australia Party government at the beginning of the Second World War.
Holt returned to the ministry in 1949 as Minister for Immigration. He became Menzies’ Treasurer in 1958 and became Prime Minister upon Menzies’ retirement in 1966.
Holt disappeared in sensational circumstances in December 1967 while swimming at Cheviot Beach in Victoria. Higgins was won by new Prime Minister John Gorton in a 1968 by-election. Gorton had previously been a Senator and was required to move to the House of Representatives.
Gorton held the seat continously until the 1975 election. Following Malcolm Fraser’s accession to the Liberal leadership Gorton resigned from the Liberal Party and sat as an independent. At the 1975 election he stood for an ACT Senate seat and Higgins returned to the Liberal Party.
Roger Shipton won the seat in 1975 and maintained his hold on the seat until 1990, when he was challenged for preselection by Peter Costello. Costello held the seat from 1990 until his 2009 resignation, triggering a by-election.
The ensuing by-election became a contest between the Liberal Party’s Kelly O’Dwyer and the Greens candidate, prominent academic Clive Hamilton, as the ALP refused to stand a candidate. O’Dwyer won the seat comfortably, and was re-elected in 2010.
- Kelly O’Dwyer (Liberal)
- Jamie Baldwin (Family First)
- Wesa Chau (Labor)
- Leanne Price (Rise Up Australia)
- Phillip Dall (Palmer United Party)
- James Harrison (Greens)
- Graeme B Weber (Independent)
Higgins should be safely retained by the Liberal Party.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas:
- Central – Malvern.
- North-East – Burwood, Glen Iris.
- South-East – Carnegie, Chadstone.
- West – Hawksburn, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak.
The Liberal Party won a majority in three areas, varying from 53.9% in the west to 60.7% in the centre. The ALP won a 53.4% majority in the south-east.
The Greens vote varied from 15.5% in the centre to 20.1% in the west.
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