Division of Calwell
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||175 km2 (67.6 sq mi)|
The division is located in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 175 square kilometres (68 sq mi) from Craigieburn in the north to Keilor Park in the south and from Calder Park in the west to Somerton in the east. Localities include Attwood, Broadmeadows, Calder Park, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor North, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes and Westmeadows and part of Craigieburn.
Calwell has been a safe Labor seat since it was first contested. The seat's first MP elected in 1984 was Andrew Theophanous. After failing to retain Labor preselection due to issues of criminality, Theophanous unsuccessfully contested the 2001 election as an Independent, polling 9.6% of the vote. The current Member for Calwell, since the 2001 federal election, is Maria Vamvakinou, a member of the Australian Labor Party.
At the 2011 Census, Calwell had the nation's most stable population, with only 25.6% of residents having moved in the last five years. The electorate had the nation's third highest proportion of Catholics (38.5%) and the third highest proportion of residents of Islamic faith (16.8%), the highest in Victoria.
|Labor||1 December 1984 –
18 April 2000
|Previously held the Division of Burke. Lost seat|
|Independent||18 April 2000 –|
10 November 2001
|Labor||10 November 2001 –
|Liberal||John Hsu (disendorsed)||24,855||27.66||−0.83|
|Animal Justice||Megan Searls||3,229||3.59||+3.59|
|Total formal votes||89,848||93.46||+1.38|
1 The Liberal candidate John Hsu resigned from the party's ticket in June 2016. However, due to the AEC's nomination deadlines, Mr Hsu's name still appeared under the Liberal Party ticket on the ballot paper.
- "Profile of the electoral division of Calwell (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Calwell results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Calwell, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.