Division of Calwell

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Calwell 2013.png
Division of Calwell (green) in Victoria
Created 1984
MP Maria Vamvakinou
Party Labor
Namesake Arthur Calwell
Electors 102,685 (2013)[1]
Area 175 km2 (67.6 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

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 Craigieburn in the north to Keilor Park in the south and from Calder Park in the west to Somerton in the east. Localities include Attwood, Broadmeadows, Calder Park, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor North, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes and Westmeadows and part of Craigieburn.[2]

The current Member for Calwell, since the 2001 federal election, is Maria Vamvakinou, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


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.[3]

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.[3]


Member Party Term
  Andrew Theophanous Labor 1984–2000
  Independent 2000–2001
  Maria Vamvakinou Labor 2001–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Calwell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Maria Vamvakinou 42,819 49.81 −7.80
Liberal Ali Khan 24,490 28.49 +2.97
Greens Joanna Nevill 4,632 5.39 −5.80
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
Christians Maria Bengtsson 2,121 2.47 +2.47
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
Informal votes 7,398 7.92 +0.91
Turnout 93,370 90.93 −1.23
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Maria Vamvakinou 54,906 63.86 −6.20
Liberal Ali Khan 31,066 36.14 +6.20
Labor hold Swing −6.20


  1. ^ a b "Two Party Preferred by division for Calwell, Vic". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Bendigo (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Calwell results". Australia Votes (Australia: ABC). Retrieved 23 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°35′20″S 144°49′30″E / 37.589°S 144.825°E / -37.589; 144.825