Division of Melbourne

Division of Melbourne
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Melbourne 2010.png
Division of Melbourne (green) in Victoria
Created: 1900
MP: Adam Bandt
Party: Greens
Namesake: Melbourne, Victoria
Area: 53 km² (20 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Melbourne is an Australian Electoral Division of Victoria. It is represented by Adam Bandt of the Australian Greens.

Created at Federation in 1900 the division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. Melbourne division encompasses the City of Melbourne and the suburbs of Abbotsford, Ascot Vale, Carlton, Clifton Hill, Colllingwood, Docklands, North Melbourne, West Melbourne, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Kensington, Parkville and Richmond. Brunswick and Brunswick East are shared with the Division of Wills. 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.

Traditionally a very safe Labor seat, Melbourne was held by the ALP 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][2] At the 2010 federal election however, following the retirement of former member and Minsiter for Finance Lindsay Tanner, Labor lost the division of Melbourne to the Greens, with Bandt securing victory over Labor candidate Cath Bowtell.[3]



Member Party Term
  Malcolm McEacharn Protectionist 1901–1904
  William Maloney Labor 1904–1940
  Arthur Calwell Labor 1940–1972
  Ted Innes Labor 1972–1983
  Gerry Hand Labor 1983–1993
  Lindsay Tanner Labor 1993–2010
  Adam Bandt Greens 2010–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Melbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Cath Bowtell 34,022 38.09 -11.42
Greens Adam Bandt 32,308 36.17 +13.37
Liberal Simon Olsen 18,760 21.00 -2.49
Sex Party Joel Murray 1,633 1.83 +1.83
Family First Georgia Pearson 1,389 1.55 +0.55
Secular Penelope Green 613 0.69 +0.69
Democrats David Collyer 602 0.67 -0.76
Total formal votes 89,327 96.38 -0.82
Informal votes 3,356 3.62 +0.82
Turnout 92,683 90.09 -1.41
Two-candidate preferred result
Greens Adam Bandt 50,059 56.04 +10.75
Labor Cath Bowtell 39,268 43.96 -10.75
Greens gain from Labor Swing +10.75


  1. ^ The Two Party Preferred distribution for the division of Melbourne was published on the VTR at 12pm, Thursday, 10/1/2008. The Two Party Preferred percentage and swing for Melbourne, Victoria and Nationally has changed to reflect this data.[1]
  2. ^ Division of Melbourne - AEC
  3. ^ "Sky News: Momentous Melbourne win for Greens". skynews.com.au. 2010-08-21. http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=502608&articleID=. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 


Coordinates: 37°48′00″S 144°57′47″E / 37.800°S 144.963°E / -37.800; 144.963

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