Division of Holt

The Division of Holt is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is located in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including Blind Bight, Botanic Ridge, Cannons Creek, Clyde, Cranbourne, Devon Meadows, Hampton Park, Junction Village, Lynbrook, and Warneet; and parts of Clyde North, Lyndhurst, Narre Warren South, Pearcedale and Tooradin.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Holt in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPAnthony Byrne
NamesakeHarold Holt
Electors106,830 (2019)
Area266 km2 (102.7 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


The division was created in the 1969 redistribution, and is named after Harold Holt. Holt was a long-serving minister under successive governments led by Robert Menzies. Holt became Prime Minister upon Menzies' retirement in January 1966, although Holt would only serve less than two years before disappearing off Cheviot Beach.

Historically a marginal seat, over time the seat became safer for the Australian Labor Party. However, after the 2004 election it was again highly marginal due to voter backlash over the announcement that the proposed Scoresby Freeway would be a tollway rather than a freeway. The seat returned to its safe status following the 2007 election.

Its most prominent members include Michael Duffy and Gareth Evans. Both served as ministers under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, though Evans was a Senator during that period. Evans also served as deputy under Kim Beazley from 1996 to 1998.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Len Reid
Liberal 25 October 1969
2 December 1972
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Dandenong. Lost seat
  Max Oldmeadow
Labor 2 December 1972
13 December 1975
Lost seat
  William Yates
Liberal 13 December 1975
18 October 1980
Previously held the British House of Commons seat of The Wrekin. Lost seat
  Michael Duffy
Labor 18 October 1980
21 January 1996
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
  Gareth Evans
Labor 2 March 1996
30 September 1999
Previously a member of the Senate. Resigned in order to retire from politics
  Anthony Byrne
Labor 6 November 1999

Election results

2016 Australian federal election: Holt[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Anthony Byrne 53,506 53.70 +5.51
Liberal James Mathias 29,777 29.89 −2.74
Greens Jake Tilton 6,317 6.34 +2.46
Family First Neil Bull 5,614 5.63 +3.13
Rise Up Australia Colin Robertson 4,416 4.43 +3.39
Total formal votes 99,630 95.00 +1.08
Informal votes 5,243 5.00 −1.08
Turnout 104,873 90.18 −2.63
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anthony Byrne 63,929 64.17 +5.08
Liberal James Mathias 35,701 35.83 −5.08
Labor hold Swing +5.08


  1. Holt, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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