Division of Gellibrand
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||102 km2 (39.4 sq mi)|
The Division of Gellibrand is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Joseph Gellibrand, a pioneer settler of the Melbourne area. It is located in the industrial inner western suburbs of Melbourne and includes Altona, Ardeer, Brooklyn, Footscray, Deer Park, Kingsville, Newport, Seddon, Spotswood, Sunshine, Tottenham, Williamstown, Yarraville and parts of Altona Meadows and Maidstone.
The Division has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence; it is located in Labor's traditional heartland of western Melbourne, and is characterised by a very diverse, multicultural population. Labor has never tallied less than 60 percent of the two-party vote. Its most prominent members have been Ralph Willis, a Cabinet minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments, and Nicola Roxon, a Cabinet minister in the Rudd Government and the first and second Gillard Governments. Nicola Roxon was Australia's first female Attorney General in the Gillard Government.
In recent years there has been considerable gentrification in the inner-city suburbs such as Footscray, Williamstown and Yarraville, and a consequent rise in the progressive Greens vote, which rose to 37 percent in Footscray in the 2013 election. In the west, a solid patch of working-class suburbia remain strongly Labor-leaning.
For several years, Gellibrand was Labor's safest seat in the Federal Parliament. It is currently Labor's fourth-safest seat, with an 18.2 percent swing needed for the Liberals. The current member for Gellibrand since the 2013 election is Labor's Tim Watts.
|Total formal votes||92,417||95.98||+1.60|
- Gellibrand, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.