Division of Lalor

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of LALOR 2016.png
Division of Lalor in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Joanne Ryan
Party Labor
Namesake Peter Lalor
Electors 123,571 (2016)
Area 991 km2 (382.6 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Lalor (/ˈlɔːlər/, locally [ˈloːlə])[1] is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. Located in the outer south-western suburbs of Melbourne, it includes the outer south-western hub of Werribee as well as the suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina, Williams Landing and Wyndham Vale.

The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 Federal election. It was named after Peter Lalor, the leader of the miners at the Eureka Stockade, and a former member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It is a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, which has held it for all except three years of its existence, when it was lost in the 1966 landslide. However, a redistribution ahead of the 1969 election made it a notional Labor seat. Labor retook the seat easily and has since held it without difficulty.

It has been held by a succession of senior Labor members: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013; Barry Jones, former Minister for Science under Bob Hawke and Labor National President; and Jim Cairns, former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister under Gough Whitlam. As Gillard was Deputy Prime Minister prior to becoming Prime Minister, Lalor is therefore the only federal electorate to have been held by two Deputy Prime Ministers.

At 9.0%, Lalor has the nation's highest proportion of children aged under 4 years old. It has the nation's lowest proportion of residents aged 65 and over (7.0%), is sixth highest nationally for families being couples with dependent children (44.4%), and has the sixth highest rate of residents purchasing their own homes (49.3%).

The current member for Lalor since the 2013 election is Joanne Ryan.


Member Party Term
  Reg Pollard Labor 1949–1966
  Mervyn Lee Liberal 1966–1969
  Jim Cairns Labor 1969–1977
  Barry Jones Labor 1977–1998
  Julia Gillard Labor 1998–2013
  Joanne Ryan Labor 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Lalor[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Joanne Ryan 55,302 51.80 +6.63
Liberal Gayle Murphy 33,070 30.98 +1.72
Greens Daniel Sova 10,471 9.81 +3.80
Rise Up Australia Marion Vale 4,685 4.39 +2.59
Australia First Susan Jakobi 3,232 3.03 +3.03
Total formal votes 106,760 95.46 +2.09
Informal votes 5,080 4.54 −2.09
Turnout 111,840 90.51 −2.62
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Joanne Ryan 67,731 63.44 +1.28
Liberal Gayle Murphy 39,029 36.56 −1.28
Labor hold Swing +1.28


  1. ^ Those familiar with the suburb (not contained within the electorate itself), but not the electorate, may erroneously pronounce it [ˈlæɪloː] or [ˈlæɪlə].
  2. ^ Lalor, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°47′46″S 144°36′50″E / 37.796°S 144.614°E / -37.796; 144.614