Division of Gorton

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Gorton
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Gorton 2013.png
Division of Gorton (green) in Victoria
Created 2004
MP Brendan O'Connor
Party Labor
Namesake John Gorton
Electors 113,675 (2013)[1]
Area 166 km2 (64.1 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Gorton is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria.

The division was created in 2004 to replace the abolished Division of Burke, and is named for Sir John Gorton, Prime Minister of Australia from 1968 to 1971. Gorton is located in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne, including the suburbs of Albanvale, Burnside, Cairnlea, Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Delahey, Derrimut, Hillside, Kings Park, Melton and Taylors Hill, as well as the satellite townships of Diggers Rest and Toolern Vale.

The constituency of Gorton features a high proportion of young families and new suburban developments on the western fringes of the Melbourne metropolitan area. It has the second highest proportion in Australia of children aged 0-4 (8.9%), the third lowest proportion aged over 65 (6.8%) and is the fourth safest seat in the country for the Australian Labor Party, with a two-party swing of more than 16 percent required for the Liberals to win it.

The current member for Gorton since its creation at the 2004 election is Brendan O'Connor, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Brendan O'Connor Labor 2004–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Gorton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Brendan O'Connor 44,449 50.73 −12.12
Liberal Phil Humphreys 22,328 25.48 +3.40
Greens Dinesh Jayasuriya 5,597 6.39 −2.58
Palmer United Anthony Barnes 5,238 5.98 +5.98
Sex Party Rhiannon Hunter 2,850 3.25 +3.25
Family First Scott Amberley 2,538 2.90 −2.11
Democratic Labour Michael Deverala 2,392 2.73 +2.73
Christians Mabor Chadhuol 1,132 1.29 +1.29
Katter's Australian Graham Macardy 1,090 1.24 +1.24
Total formal votes 87,614 92.89 −0.18
Informal votes 6,706 7.11 +0.18
Turnout 94,320 92.23 +0.30
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Brendan O'Connor 57,933 66.12 −7.51
Liberal Phil Humphreys 29,681 33.88 +7.51
Labor hold Swing −7.51

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VIC DIVISION - GORTON". Virtual Tally Room 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°44′20″S 144°45′32″E / 37.739°S 144.759°E / -37.739; 144.759