Division of Bruce

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Bruce
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BRUCE 2016.png
Division of Bruce in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1955
MP Julian Hill
Party Labor
Namesake Stanley Bruce
Electors 96,716 (2016)
Area 73 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Bruce is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The division was created in 1955 and is named for Stanley Bruce, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1923 to 1929. Unusually, the division was named after a living person as Bruce did not die until 1967.

The division is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 73 square kilometres (28 sq mi) including the suburbs of Dandenong North, Glen Waverley, Mulgrave, Noble Park North, Wheelers Hill, and parts of Clayton, Dandenong, Noble Park, Notting Hill and Springvale.[1]

The current Member for Bruce, since the 2016 federal election, is Julian Hill, who is a member of the Australian Labor Party.

History[edit]

Until 1996, the division was based on Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley, and was a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party, but since then its boundaries have been extended southwards, making it a marginal Labor Party seat.[2]

Its most prominent member was Sir Billy Snedden, Liberal Party leader from 1972 to 1975 and Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983. At the 2011 Census, the division had the nation's highest proportion of residents born overseas (50.8%) and the third highest proportion born in a non-English speaking country (45.4%). It also has the sixth highest proportion speaking a language other than English at home (51.6%), the highest for any Victorian electorate.[2]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  (Sir) Billy Snedden Liberal 1955–1983
  Ken Aldred Liberal 1983–1990
  Julian Beale Liberal 1990–1996
  Alan Griffin Labor 1996–2016
  Julian Hill Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Bruce[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Julian Hill 36,804 44.34 +2.44
Liberal Helen Kroger 33,248 40.05 −2.91
Greens Stefanie Bauer 5,890 7.10 +0.46
Family First Nathan Foggie 2,870 3.46 +0.81
Animal Justice Douglas Leith 1,944 2.34 +2.34
Drug Law Reform Alan Roncan 1,440 1.73 +1.73
Renewable Energy Jill Jarvis-Wills 816 0.98 +0.98
Total formal votes 83,012 95.33 +0.83
Informal votes 4,064 4.67 −0.83
Turnout 87,076 90.03 −2.25
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Julian Hill 44,894 54.08 +2.28
Liberal Helen Kroger 38,118 45.92 −2.28
Labor hold Swing +2.28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Bruce (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Bruce results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Bruce, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°55′52″S 145°11′10″E / 37.931°S 145.186°E / -37.931; 145.186