Division of Bruce
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||73 km2 (28.2 sq mi)|
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.
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.
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.
|(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|
|Liberal||28 May 1983 –
24 March 1990
|Previously held the Division of Henty. Lost preselection. Transferred to the Division of Deakin|
|Liberal||24 March 1990 –
2 March 1996
|Previously held the Division of Deakin. Lost seat|
|Labor||2 March 1996 –
9 May 2016
|Previously held the Division of Corinella. Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired|
|Labor||2 July 2016 –
|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|
- "Profile of the electoral division of Bruce (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Bruce results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Bruce, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.