Division of Ballarat
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Ballarat (green) in Victoria
|Namesake||Ballarat (from the Aboriginal: balaarat, meaning a resting or camping place.)|
|Area||4,652 km2 (1,796.1 sq mi)|
The Division of Ballarat (Ballaarat from 1901 until the 1977 redistribution) is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the provincial city of Ballarat; which is apparently derived from the Aboriginal word balaarat, meaning a resting or camping place.
The division currently takes in the regional City of Ballarat and the smaller towns of Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Blackwood, Buninyong, Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford, Myrniong and Trentham and part of Burrumbeet.
Ballarat is a marginal seat, changing hands at intervals between the Labor Party and the non-Labor parties. Its most prominent member has been Alfred Deakin, who was Prime Minister of Australia three times. Liberal senator Michael Ronaldson was the grandson of Archibald Fisken, a former Member for Ballarat.
Ballarat also holds the distinction of seeing the closest seat result in Australian history. Nationalist Edwin Kerby unseated Labor incumbent Charles McGrath by a single vote in 1919. However, McGrath alleged irregularities, and the result was thrown out in 1920, forcing a by-election that was won by McGrath.
|Archibald Fisken||United Australia||1934–1937|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Ballarat|
|Palmer United||Gerard Murphy||3,396||3.63||+3.63|
|Sex Party||Joshua Mathieson||2,135||2.28||+2.28|
|Family First||Shane Clark||1,139||1.22||−1.74|
|Democratic Labour||Stephen Vereker||1,022||1.09||+1.09|
|Katter's Australian||Shane Dunne||849||0.91||+0.91|
|Rise Up Australia||Ana Rojas||229||0.24||+0.24|
|Total formal votes||93,663||95.34||−0.94|
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- "Two Party Preferred by division for Ballarat, Vic". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "House of Representatives: Voting by constituency, Victoria". Legislative election of 24 March 1990. Adam Carr. 1990. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "BALLARAT ELECTION VOID.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 3 June 1920. p. 8. Retrieved 19 May 2014.