Division of Lalor
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Lalor (green) in Victoria
|Area||991 km2 (382.6 sq mi)|
The Division of Lalor (//, locally [ˈloːlə]) is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. Located in the outer south-western suburbs of Melbourne, it includes the outer south-western hub of Werribee as well as the suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina, Williams Landing and Wyndham Vale.
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 a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, which has held it for all except three years of its existence, when it was lost in the 1966 landslide. However, a redistribution ahead of the 1969 election made it a notional Labor seat. Labor retook the seat easily and has held it without serious difficulty since then.
It has been held by a succession of senior Labor members: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013; Barry Jones, former Minister for Science under Bob Hawke and Labor National President; and Jim Cairns, former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister under Gough Whitlam. As 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.
At 9.0%, Lalor has the nation's highest proportion of children aged under 4 years old. It has the nation's lowest proportion of residents aged 65 and over (7.0%), is sixth highest nationally for families being couples with dependent children (44.4%), and has the sixth highest rate of residents purchasing their own homes (49.3%).
|Australian federal election, 2013: Lalor|
|Palmer United||Joe Zappia||5,615||5.80||+5.80|
|Sex Party||Angel Hardwood||3,004||3.22||+3.22|
|Family First||Daryl Pollard||2,653||2.84||−0.07|
|Democratic Labor||Michael Freeman||1,768||1.89||+1.89|
|Rise Up Australia||Marion Vale||1,684||1.80||+1.80|
|Stable Population||Jonathan Page||359||0.38||+0.38|
|Total formal votes||93,381||93.37||−0.88|
- Those familiar with the suburb (not contained within the electorate itself), but not the electorate, may erroneously pronounce it [ˈlæɪloː] or [ˈlæɪlə].