Division of Nicholls
Australian House of Representatives Division
Location of Nicholls (dark green) in Victoria, Australia
|Namesake||Sir Douglas Nicholls|
Lady Gladys Nicholls
|Area||14,768 km2 (5,702.0 sq mi)|
The Division of Nicholls was created in 2019 after the Australian Electoral Commission oversaw a mandatory redistribution of divisions in Victoria. 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.
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. 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 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.
|Nationals||18 May 2019 –
|Previously held the Division of Murray. Incumbent|
|One Nation||Rikkie-Lee Tyrrell||10,754||11.29||+11.29|
|United Australia||Stewart Hine||5,077||5.33||+5.33|
|Total formal votes||95,292||92.54||+1.16|
- "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 June 2018.
- "Map: Division of Nicholls" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission.
- "2017-18 Federal Redistributions - Victoria". ABC Elections. 20 June 2018.
- Nicholls, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.