Division of Mallee

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Mallee
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MALLEE 2016.png
Division of Mallee in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1949
MPAndrew Broad
PartyThe Nationals
NamesakeThe Mallee
Electors99,324 (2016)
Area70,694 km2 (27,295.1 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of Mallee is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the far north-west of the state, adjoining the border with South Australia in the west, and the Murray River (which forms the border with New South Wales) in the north. At 70,694 square kilometres (27,295 sq mi), it is the largest Division in Victoria. It includes the centres of Mildura, Ouyen, Swan Hill, St Arnaud, Warracknabeal, Stawell and Horsham.

History[edit]

The Mallee, a region in Victoria from which the division takes its name from

The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 election. It was named after the Mallee region of Victoria, in which the division is located, which itself is named after the mallee variety of eucalyptus. Note that the division also includes the Wimmera region of Victoria, which is why the title of the sitting member's newsletter is Wimmera Mallee News.

Mallee has always been a safe Country/National seat. It is currently the safest Coalition seat in federal parliament and also the safest seat in the entire parliament as of the 2010 election, with a 24-point swing required for Labor to win it. In the 2013 election, however, a Liberal Party candidate stood against the Country/National Party, making it a contest between Coalition parties.[1]

Members[edit]

Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image.svg (Sir) Winton Turnbull
(1899–1980)
Country 10 December 1949
2 November 1972
Previously held the Division of Wimmera. Retired
  No image.svg Peter Fisher
(1936–)
Country/National Country/Nationals 2 December 1972
8 February 1993
Retired
  No image.svg John Forrest
(1949–)
Nationals 13 March 1993
5 August 2013
Retired
  No image.svg Andrew Broad
(1975–)
Nationals 7 September 2013
present
Incumbent

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Mallee[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Andrew Broad 56,251 64.31 +25.55
Labor Lydia Senior 18,742 21.43 +3.93
Greens Helen Healy 6,222 7.11 +4.04
Rise Up Australia Tim Middleton 4,536 5.19 +4.29
CEC Chris Lahy 1,715 1.96 +1.68
Total formal votes 87,466 95.35 +2.26
Informal votes 4,269 4.65 −2.26
Turnout 91,735 92.36 −2.31
Two-party-preferred result
National Andrew Broad 62,383 71.32 −2.34
Labor Lydia Senior 25,083 28.68 +2.34
National hold Swing −2.34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian election: Ten things", BBC News, 5 September 2013
  2. ^ Mallee, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°43′08″S 142°10′41″E / 35.719°S 142.178°E / -35.719; 142.178