Division of Melbourne Ports
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Melbourne Ports (green) in Victoria
|Area||40 km2 (15.4 sq mi)|
The Division of Melbourne Ports is an Australian federal electoral division in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located to the south of Melbourne's central business district and covers an area of approximately 40 km2 around the north and north-eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay.
The electorate was created at the time of Australian Federation in 1901 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the fact that at the time of its creation it was centred on Port Melbourne and Williamstown, both major ports.
The electorate, formerly working class, is much more demographically diverse on its current boundaries, with rapidly accelerating inner-city gentrification and high-density housing developments in recent years. It still includes Port Melbourne, but now also includes the middle and upper middle class suburbs of Albert Park, Middle Park, St Kilda, Elwood and Caulfield. It is the home of one of Australia's larger atheist communities and according to 2006 census, this electorate has 23.2% No Religion, 18.8% Catholic, 12.7% Jewish, 10.8% Anglican, 11.7% Other Christian, 5.9% Other Religions, and 16.9% not stated. It also has a large gay and lesbian community.
Melbourne Ports has been held by the Australian Labor Party since 1906. Originally, it was anchored in the industrial suburbs in the west of the electorate, which are part of Labor's heartland in west Melbourne. On those boundaries, for decades it was one of the safest Labor seats in the country. Since its extension eastwards to Caulfield and other Liberal-voting areas in the 1990 redistribution, it has become much less secure for Labor. Continuing the gradual downwards trend in the Labor primary vote, in the 2013 election, Labor was returned in Melbourne Ports with a primary vote of less than 32 percent.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Melbourne Ports|
|Sex Party||Melissa Star||3,089||3.81||+1.59|
|Palmer United||Toby Stodart||1,122||1.38||+1.38|
|Democratic Labour||Vince Stefano||540||0.67||+0.67|
|Family First||Robert Keenan||490||0.60||−0.14|
|Stable Population||Steven Armstrong||324||0.40||+0.40|
|Rise Up Australia||Margaret Quinn||201||0.25||+0.25|
|Total formal votes||81,073||96.18||−0.59|