Division of Wills
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Wills (green) in Victoria
|Area||57 km2 (22.0 sq mi)|
The electorate encompasses many of the suburbs in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's north, including Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner, Glenroy and Essendon Airport. It was named after William John Wills of Burke and Wills fame.
Wills has historically been one of the safest Labor seats in the country, with Labor usually polling over 65 percent of the two-party preferred vote versus the Liberals. In the 2013 federal election, the Greens overtook the Liberals after preferences. Wills has been in Labor hands for its entire existence except between the 1992 by-election and 1996, when it was held by independent Phil Cleary. Its highest-profile member was former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
The 1992 by-election is remarkable for a number of reasons: It was caused by Bob Hawke's retirement from parliament; it had a record twenty-two candidates standing; it was won by an independent; the results were thrown out as the winner, Phil Cleary, was on unpaid leave from the state education system (the Australian Constitution forbids people employed by the Crown from standing for election). No replacement by-election was held as the court decision which threw out the results was made shortly before a general election was due.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Wills|
|Sex Party||Adrian Trajstman||2,363||2.61||+2.51|
|Palmer United||Anne Murray-Dufoulon||2,158||2.38||+2.38|
|Family First||Concetta Giglia||1,285||1.42||−0.15|
|Socialist Alliance||Margarita Windisch||1,024||1.13||+0.30|
|Total formal votes||90,668||94.47||+0.45|