Division of Calwell

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of CALWELL 2016.png
Division of Calwell in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMaria Vamvakinou
NamesakeArthur Calwell
Electors109,405 (2016)
Area175 km2 (67.6 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

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

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.[1]


Arthur Calwell, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named for Arthur Calwell, who was Minister for Immigration 1945–1949 and Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1960–1967.

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.[2] 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.[2]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image.svg Andrew Theophanous
Labor 1 December 1984
18 April 2000
Previously held the Division of Burke. Lost seat
  Independent 18 April 2000 –
10 November 2001
  Maria Vamvakinou MP 2005.jpg Maria Vamvakinou
Labor 10 November 2001

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Calwell[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Maria Vamvakinou 51,040 56.81 +7.00
Liberal John Hsu (disendorsed)[1] 24,855 27.66 −0.83
Greens Natalie Abboud 7,609 8.47 +3.08
Animal Justice Megan Searls 3,229 3.59 +3.59
Independent Michael Lakkis 3,115 3.47 +3.47
Total formal votes 89,848 93.46 +1.38
Informal votes 6,286 6.54 −1.38
Turnout 96,134 87.87 −3.06
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Maria Vamvakinou 60,978 67.87 +4.01
Liberal John Hsu 28,870 32.13 −4.01
Labor hold Swing +4.01


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.


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

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Coordinates: 37°35′20″S 144°49′30″E / 37.589°S 144.825°E / -37.589; 144.825