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The Division of Flinders is anAustralian Electoral Division in Victoriamarker. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Matthew Flinders, the first man to circumnavigate Australia, and the person credited with giving Australia her name.

Originally a country seat south and east of Melbournemarker, Flinders has been gradually cut back to the outer southern suburbs on the Mornington Peninsula, including Dromanamarker, Hastingsmarker and Portseamarker.

It has usually been a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors, but has occasionally been won by the Australian Labor Party, most famously in 1929 when Prime Minister Stanley Bruce was defeated. This was the first time an Australian Prime Minister has lost his own seat at a general election. (The only other such instance was the defeat of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard in his seat of Bennelong, also by Labor, in the 2007 federal election.)

Other prominent members include former Deputy Liberal leaders Sir Phillip Lynch and Peter Reith.


Member Party Term
  Arthur Groom Free Trade 1901–1903
  James Gibb Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1906
  William Irvine Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1918
  Stanley Bruce Nationalist 1918–1929
  Ted Holloway Labor 1929–1931
  Stanley Bruce United Australia 1931–1933
  James Fairbairn United Australia 1933–1940
  Rupert Ryan United Australia 1940–1944
  Liberal 1944–1952
  Keith Ewert Labor 1952–1954
  Robert Lindsay Liberal 1954–1966
  Phillip Lynch Liberal 1966–1982
  Peter Reith Liberal 1982–1983
  Bob Chynoweth Labor 1983–1984
  Peter Reith Liberal 1984–2001
  Greg Hunt Liberal 2001–present

Election results

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