Electoral district of Morwell

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Morwell District 2014.png
Location of Morwell (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Created 1955
MP Russell Northe
Party National Party of Australia
Electors 38,648 (2010)
Area 1,565 km2 (604.2 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Electoral district of Morwell is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[1] It covers the regional centres of Morwell and Traralgon as well as the surrounding rural areas in the middle of Gippsland.

Created in 1955,[1] it was held by the Liberals until the 1970 election, when it was won by Labor. They held the seat until the 2006 election, when the Nationals gained the seat.

It was one of the few seats to record a swing to the Liberals at the 2002 election. This was primarily due to the presence of a pro-logging independent Labor party candidate who directed his preferences to the Liberal Party. Labor's Brendan Jenkins still won the seat with a 4.9% margin.

Jenkins suffered similar internal dissent at the 2006 election, which again resulted in a former ALP member running against him. However this time Jenkins was not able to retain the seat, losing to Russell Northe from the Nationals.

Members for Morwell[edit]

Member Party Term
  Jim Balfour Liberal 1955–1967
  Archie Tanner Liberal 1967–1970
  Derek Amos Labor 1970–1981
  Valerie Callister Labor 1981–1988
  Keith Hamilton Labor 1988–2002
  Brendan Jenkins Labor 2002–2006
  Russell Northe National 2006–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2010: Morwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Russell Northe 19,200 56.11 +28.52
Labor Graeme Middlemiss 9,752 28.50 -12.07
Greens Dan Jordan 1,645 4.81 -0.26
Country Alliance Peter Kelly 1,226 3.58 +3.58
Independent Lou Sigmund 968 2.83 +2.83
Independent Glyn Baker 851 2.49 +2.49
Independent Peter Gardner 574 1.68 +1.68
Total formal votes 34,216 94.90 -0.87
Informal votes 1,838 5.10 +0.87
Turnout 36,054 93.29 -0.41
Two-party-preferred result
National Russell Northe 22,726 66.26 +14.14
Labor Graeme Middlemiss 11,572 33.74 -14.14
National hold Swing +14.14

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  1. ^ a b "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 29 May 2014.