Division of Batman

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BATMAN 2016.png
Division of Batman (green) in Melbourne, Victoria
NamesakeJohn Batman
Electors108,942 (2016)
Area66 km2 (25.5 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Batman was an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It was created in 1906 and replaced the Division of Northern Melbourne. It was abolished in 2019 and replaced by the Division of Cooper.[1]

It took its name from John Batman, one of the founders of the city of Melbourne.[2] At first it covered the inner suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy, but as the boundaries changed it moved north. It included Alphington, Clifton Hill , Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury.

Members[change | change source]

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Vcoon.jpg Jabez Coon Protectionist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Henry Beard.jpg Henry Beard Labor 1910–1910 Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Jika Jika. Died in office
  Frank Brennan.jpg Frank Brennan Labor 1911–1931 Served as minister under Scullin. Lost seat
  Samuel Dennis.jpg Samuel Dennis United Australia 1931–1934 Lost seat
  Frank Brennan.jpg Frank Brennan Labor 1934–1949 Retired
  No image.svg Alan Bird Labor 1949–1962 Died in office
  SamBenson1964.jpg Sam Benson
Labor 1962 –
August 1966
  Independent August 1966 –
  No image.svg Horrie Garrick Labor 1969–1977 Lost pre-selection and retired
  Second Keating Cabinet 1994 (cropped Howe).jpg Brian Howe Labor 1977–1996 Served as minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. Retired
  Martin Ferguson - World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012 crop.jpg Martin Ferguson Labor 1996–2013 Served as minister under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Retired
  David Feeney.jpg David Feeney Labor 2013-
1 February 2018
Previously a member of the Senate. Disqualified over dual citizenship
  Ged Kearney at Delcon 2011 (cropped).jpg Ged Kearney
Labor Elected in a by-election, 17 March 2018 –
11 April 2019
Transferred to the Division of Cooper after Batman was abolished in 2019

Brian Howe was the Deputy Prime Minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. Martin Ferguson was the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) before being elected.[3] David Feeney was elected to the Australian Senate in 2007, and resigned to take up a seat in the House of Representatives.

Election results[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Batman (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. "Profile of the electoral division of Batman (Vic)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  3. "Tony Abbott's teary farewell to former Labor minister Martin Ferguson". heraldsun.com.au. 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.

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Coordinates: 37°43′59″S 145°00′50″E / 37.733°S 145.014°E / -37.733; 145.014