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The Division of Bruce is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The division is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 95 square kilometres (37 sq mi) including the suburbs of Dandenong North, Doveton, Endeavour Hills, Eumemmerring, Hallam, Lysterfield South, Noble Park and Noble Park North; and parts of Dandenong, Fountain Gate, Keysborough, Narre Warren, Narre Warren North, Springvale and Springvale South.[1]

Bruce
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Bruce 2019.png
Division of Bruce in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1955
MPJulian Hill
PartyLabor
NamesakeStanley Bruce
Electors109,213 (2019)
Area95 km2 (36.7 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

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HistoryEdit

 
Stanley Bruce, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1955, and is named for Stanley Bruce, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1923 to 1929. Unusually, the division was named after a living person, as Bruce did not die until 1967.

Until 1996, the division was based on Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley, and was a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party, but since then its boundaries have been extended southwards, making it a marginal Labor Party seat.[2]

Its most prominent member was Sir Billy Snedden, Liberal Party leader from 1972 to 1975 and Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983. At the 2011 Census, the division had the nation's highest proportion of residents born overseas (50.8%), and the third highest proportion born in a non-English speaking country (45.4%). It also has the sixth highest proportion speaking a language other than English at home (51.6%), the highest for any Victorian electorate.[2]

The current Member for Bruce, since the 2016 federal election, is Julian Hill, who is a member of the Australian Labor Party.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    (Sir) Billy Snedden
(1926–1987)
Liberal 10 December 1955
21 April 1983
Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton and McMahon. Served as Opposition Leader from 1972 to 1975. Served as Speaker during the Fraser Government. Resigned in order to retire from politics
    Ken Aldred
(1945–2016)
Liberal 28 May 1983
24 March 1990
Previously held the Division of Henty. Lost preselection. Transferred to the Division of Deakin
    Julian Beale
(1934–)
Liberal 24 March 1990
2 March 1996
Previously held the Division of Deakin. Lost seat
    Alan Griffin
(1960–)
Labor 2 March 1996
9 May 2016
Previously held the Division of Corinella. Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
    Julian Hill
(1973–)
Labor 2 July 2016
present
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Bruce[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Julian Hill 51,713 55.58 +1.41
Liberal John MacIsaac 27,170 29.20 −1.12
Greens Rhonda Garad 6,801 7.31 +0.77
United Australia Mubahil Ahmed 3,979 4.28 +4.28
Conservative National Tim Boyanton 3,377 3.63 +3.63
Total formal votes 93,040 94.40 −0.26
Informal votes 5,521 5.60 +0.26
Turnout 98,561 90.26 −0.85
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Julian Hill 59,689 64.15 +0.10
Liberal John MacIsaac 33,351 35.85 −0.10
Labor hold Swing +0.10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Bruce (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Bruce results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  3. ^ Bruce, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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