2001 Profile of the division of Canberra

Updated: 9 February 2011


Australian Capital Territory

Name Derivation:

A locality name derived from an Aboriginal word which is held to mean 'meeting place'.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 1900 sq km from the whole of Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Stromlo, Tuggeranong, Oaks Estate, the south Canberra suburbs of Yarralumla, Parkes, Forrest, Deakin, Red Hill, the industrial area of Hume and the remainder of the ACT to the south and west of the Murrumbidgee River. It also includes those Norfolk Island residents entitled to enrol in the Australian Capital Territory.

Products/Industries of the area:

Mainly residential with some light industry at Hume, tourism, and retail industries. Many people who reside in the division of Canberra are employed by the government.

First Proclaimed

1974 (Prior to 1974 – Australian Capital Territory)


  • Annette Ellis (ALP) 1998–
  • B McMullan (ALP) 1996–98
  • B M Smyth (LP) 1995–96
  • R J Kelly (ALP) 1980–95
  • J W Haslem (LP) 1975–80
  • K E Enderby (ALP) 1974–75

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AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 105 359

Informal Vote: 2.83%

Turnout: 95.91%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 60.06%
  • LP: 39.94%

Enrolment: 106 199

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.74%
  • Preamble Question 0.83%


  • Republic Question 95.62%
  • Preamble Question 95.61%

Enrolment: 108 959

Informal Vote: 3.41%

Turnout: 95.33%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 59.44%
  • LP: 40.56%