Division of Lalor

Division of Lalor
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Lalor 2010.png
Division of Lalor (green) in Victoria
Created: 1949
MP: Julia Gillard
Party: Labor
Namesake: Peter Lalor
Area: 991 km² (383 sq mi)
Demographic: Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Lalor (play /ˈlɔːlər/, locally [ˈloːlə])[1] is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne. It includes the suburbs of Werribee, Point Cook, Laverton, Rockbank and Melton.

The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 Federal election. It was named after Peter Lalor, the leader of the miners at the Eureka Stockade, and a former member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It is currently held by Julia Gillard, who became Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010. It has previously been held by Barry Jones, former Minister for Science under Bob Hawke and Labor National President, and by Jim Cairns, former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister under Gough Whitlam. As Julia Gillard was Deputy Prime Minister prior to becoming Prime Minister, Lalor is therefore the only federal electorate to have been held by two Deputy Prime Ministers.

The seat is considered a very safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, which has held it for all but three years of its existence.



Member Party Term
  Reg Pollard Labor 1949–1966
  Mervyn Lee Liberal 1966–1969
  Jim Cairns Labor 1969–1977
  Barry Jones Labor 1977–1998
  Julia Gillard Labor 1998–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Lalor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Julia Gillard 66,298 64.25 +4.36
Liberal Sheridan Ingram 23,791 23.06 -6.71
Greens Peter Taylor 7,045 6.83 +2.81
Family First Lori McLean 2,880 2.79 -1.61
Secular Paul Sheehan 881 0.85 +0.85
Independent Joanne Clarke 708 0.69 +0.69
Independent Brian Shaw 659 0.64 +0.64
Van Rudd 516 0.50 +0.50
Independent Marc Aussie-Stone 410 0.40 +0.40
Total formal votes 103,188 93.76 -2.75
Informal votes 6,864 6.24 +2.75
Turnout 110,052 94.04 -1.38
Two-candidate preferred result
Labor Julia Gillard 74,452 72.15 +6.62
Liberal Sheridan Ingram 28,736 27.85 -6.62
Labor hold Swing +6.62



  1. ^ Those familiar with the suburb, but not the electorate, may erroneously pronounce it [ˈlæɪloː] or [ˈlæɪlə].

Coordinates: 37°47′46″S 144°36′50″E / 37.796°S 144.614°E / -37.796; 144.614

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