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The Division of Melbourne is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria, represented since the 2010 election by Adam Bandt, a member of the Greens.

Melbourne
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Melbourne 2019.png
Division of Melbourne in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1901
MPAdam Bandt
PartyGreens
NamesakeMelbourne
Electors107,552 (2019)
Area40 km2 (15.4 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. The Division of Melbourne encompasses the City of Melbourne and the suburbs of Abbotsford, Ascot Vale, Burnley, Carlton, Carlton North, Collingwood, Cremorne, Docklands, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, Princes Hill, Richmond, Travancore and West Melbourne. The area has heavy and light engineering, extensive manufacturing, commercial and retail activities (including Melbourne markets and central business district), dockyards, clothing and footwear industries, warehousing and distributing of whitegoods, building and other general goods. This capital city electorate's northern boundary is formed by Maribyrnong Road, Ormond Road, Park Street, Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road between the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and Merri Creek.

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HistoryEdit

 
The city of Melbourne, the division's namesake

Traditionally a very safe Labor seat, Melbourne was held by Labor for 106 years from 1904 to 2010, with former Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell the highest profile member. At the 2007 election, Melbourne became a marginal seat for the first time, with the Greens candidate Adam Bandt taking second place on a two candidate preferred basis, leaving Labor with 54.71 percent of the vote. On a two party preferred basis with the Liberals, Labor finished with 72.27, an increase of 1.13 percentage points.[1] At the 2010 election however, following the retirement of former member and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner, Labor lost Melbourne to the Greens, with Bandt securing victory over Labor candidate Cath Bowtell.[2] Bandt retained his seat at the 2013 and 2016 elections with an increase in his primary vote share on both of those occasions.

Notably in 2017, the division had the highest percentage of "Yes" responses in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, with 83.7% of the electorate's respondents to the survey responding "Yes" in favour of same-sex marriage.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Sir Malcolm McEacharn
(1852–1910)
Protectionist 29 March 1901
10 March 1904
1903 election results declared void. Lost seat in subsequent by-election
    Dr William Maloney
(1854–1940)
Labor 30 March 1904
27 August 1940
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of West Melbourne. Retired
    Arthur Calwell
(1896–1973)
Labor 21 September 1940
2 November 1972
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Served as Opposition Leader from 1960 to 1967. Retired
    Ted Innes
(1925–2010)
Labor 2 December 1972
4 February 1983
Retired
    Gerry Hand
(1942–)
Labor 5 March 1983
8 February 1993
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
    Lindsay Tanner
(1956–)
Labor 13 March 1993
19 July 2010
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
    Adam Bandt
(1972–)
Greens 21 August 2010
present
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Melbourne[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Greens Adam Bandt 34,529 51.00 +6.40
Liberal Lauren Sherson 13,815 20.40 −4.39
Labor Luke Creasey (disendorsed) 12,929 19.10 −4.86
Reason Judy Ryan 3,677 5.43 +5.43
Animal Justice Lawrence Pope 1,255 1.85 +0.04
Independent Dave Blake 795 1.17 +1.17
United Australia Tony Pecora 708 1.05 +1.05
Total formal votes 67,708 97.23 −0.28
Informal votes 1,933 2.78 +0.28
Turnout 69,636 64.75 −19.52
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Adam Bandt 49,612 73.27 +4.23
Liberal Lauren Sherson 18,096 26.73 −4.23

Results are not final. Last updated 7:30pm AEST on 20 May 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Division of Melbourne - AEC
  2. ^ "Historic win for Greens". The Age. Fairfax Media. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  3. ^ Melbourne, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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