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.
Created 1949
MP Andrew Broad
Party The Nationals
Namesake The Mallee
Electors 99,329 (2016)
Area 70,694 km2 (27,295.1 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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.

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/The Nationals 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]

Member Party Term
  (Sir) Winton Turnbull Country 1949–1972
  Peter Fisher Country 1972–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1993
  John Forrest National 1993–2013
  Andrew Broad National 2013–present

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 92.35 −2.32
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