Division of Bruce

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BRUCE 2016.png
Division of Bruce in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPJulian Hill
NamesakeStanley Bruce
Electors96,742 (2016)
Area73 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Bruce is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. 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]


Stanley Bruce, the division's namesake

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.

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]

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


Image Member Party Term Notes
  BillySnedden.jpeg (Sir) Billy Snedden
Liberal 10 December 1955
21 April 1983
Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton and McMahon. Served as Opposition Leader from 1972 to 1975. Served as Speaker during the Fraser Government. Resigned in order to retire from politics
  No image.svg Ken Aldred
Liberal 28 May 1983
24 March 1990
Previously held the Division of Henty. Lost preselection. Transferred to the Division of Deakin
  No image.svg Julian Beale
Liberal 24 March 1990
2 March 1996
Previously held the Division of Deakin. Lost seat
  Alan Griffin MP, Federal Member for Bruce.jpg Alan Griffin
Labor 2 March 1996
9 May 2016
Previously held the Division of Corinella. Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
  Julian Hill MP.jpg Julian Hill
Labor 2 July 2016

Election results[edit]

2016 Australian federal election: 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 90.01 −2.27
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


  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.

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