Division of Calwell
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Calwell (green) in Victoria
|Area||175 km2 (67.6 sq mi)|
The Division of Calwell is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Arthur Calwell, who was Minister for Immigration 1945–1949 and Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1960–1967.
The division is located in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 175 square kilometres (68 sq mi) from in the north to in the south and from in the west to in the east. Localities include , , Calder Park, , , , , , , , , , , , , Somerton, Sydenham, and and part of Craigieburn.
Calwell has been a safe Labor seat since it was first contested. The seat's first MP elected in 1984 was Andrew Theophanous. In his last term in Parliament he was charged with bribery offences in relation to visa and citizenship applications and resigned from the Labor Party in 2000 after it failed to re-endorse him for the 2001 election. Theophanous unsuccessfully contested the 2001 election as an Independent, polling 9.6% of the vote. He has later convicted on the charges.
At the 2011 Census, Calwell had the nation's most stable population, with only 25.6% of residents having moved in the last five years. The electorates had the nation's third highest proportion of Catholics (38.5%) and the third highest proportion of residents of Islamic faith (16.8%), the highest in Victoria.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Calwell|
|Palmer United||Bryce Letcher||3,728||4.34||+4.34|
|Sex Party||Nevena Spirovska||2,367||2.75||+2.75|
|Family First||Paul Graham||2,175||2.53||−2.15|
|Katter's Australian||Brett Watson||1,915||2.23||+2.23|
|Democratic Labour||Omar Jabir||1,310||1.52||+1.52|
|Rise Up Australia||Charles Rozario||415||0.48||+0.48|
|Total formal votes||85,972||92.08||−0.91|
- "Two Party Preferred by division for Calwell, Vic". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Profile of the electoral division of Bendigo (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Calwell results". Australia Votes (Australia: ABC). Retrieved 23 November 2013.