Division of Murray

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Murray
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Murray 2013.png
Division of Murray (green) in Victoria
Created 1949
MP Sharman Stone
Party Liberal
Namesake Murray River
Electors 100,039 (2013)
Area 16,229 km2 (6,266.1 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Murray is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the north of the state, adjoining the Murray River, which forms Victoria's border with New South Wales. It includes the towns of Shepparton, Echuca, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Boort and Bridgewater.

The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 election. It was named after the Murray River, which itself was named after British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies Sir George Murray. Murray has been in the hands of either the Liberal or National parties for its entire existence. It is currently the third safest coalition held seat in Australia, with a 20-point swing required for Labor to win it. It was first held by Rt Hon Sir John McEwen, who was the caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after the disappearance of Harold Holt.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  John McEwen Country 1949–1971
  Bruce Lloyd Country 1971–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1996
  Sharman Stone Liberal 1996–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Murray
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sharman Stone 54,490 61.41 −2.78
Labor Rod Higgins 18,403 20.74 −3.07
Greens Damien Stevens 3,485 3.93 −2.40
Palmer United Catriona Thoolen 2,964 3.34 +3.34
Katter's Australian Michael Bourke 2,423 2.73 +2.73
Sex Party Tristram Chellew 2,337 2.63 +2.63
Family First Alan Walker 1,589 1.79 −1.79
Independent Wendy Buck 1,176 1.33 +1.33
Bullet Train Fern Summer 986 1.11 +1.11
Rise Up Australia Raymond Hungerford 563 0.63 +0.63
CEC Jeff Davy 316 0.36 −0.20
Total formal votes 88,732 93.67 −0.62
Informal votes 5,992 6.33 +0.62
Turnout 94,724 94.60 +0.06
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Sharman Stone 62,882 70.87 +1.29
Labor Rod Higgins 25,850 29.13 −1.29
Liberal hold Swing +1.29

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Coordinates: 36°16′44″S 144°38′46″E / 36.279°S 144.646°E / -36.279; 144.646