Division of Maribyrnong

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MARIBYRNONG 2016.png
Division of Maribyrnong in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPBill Shorten
NamesakeMaribyrnong River
Electors110,286 (2016)
Area73 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Maribyrnong is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the inner north-western suburbs of Melbourne. It covers the suburbs of Aberfeldie, Airport West, Avondale Heights, Braybrook, Essendon, Kealba, Keilor East, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, St. Albans and Sunshine North. Due to redistributions, the division has been slowly moving west. It originally covered the suburbs of Footscray and North Melbourne. According to the 2011 census, Maribyrnong has the highest proportion of Catholics in any Commonwealth Electoral Division in Australia with 41.6% of the population.

The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 July 1906, and was first contested at the 1906 election. The division was named after the Maribyrnong River, which runs through it. A safe Labor seat for most of the first half of the 20th century, it became a marginal Liberal seat for most of the 1950s and 1960s, in part due to the influence of the Democratic Labor Party. Labor retook the seat in 1969, and for most of the time since then, it has been a comfortably safe Labor seat.

The current member for Maribyrnong since the 2007 election is the former National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union and current Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.


Member Party Term
  Samuel Mauger Protectionist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  James Fenton Labor 1910–1931
  Independent 1931
  United Australia 1931–1934
  Arthur Drakeford Labor 1934–1955
  Philip Stokes Liberal 1955–1969
  Moss Cass Labor 1969–1983
  Alan Griffiths Labor 1983–1996
  Bob Sercombe Labor 1996–2007
  Bill Shorten Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Maribyrnong[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Bill Shorten 47,402 50.52 +2.62
Liberal Ted Hatzakortzian 30,283 32.27 −0.76
Greens Olivia Ball 9,151 9.75 −0.15
Independent Catherine Cumming 3,172 3.38 +3.38
Animal Justice Fiona McRostie 2,176 2.32 +2.32
Christians Anthony O'Neill 1,650 1.76 +0.77
Total formal votes 93,834 95.36 +1.54
Informal votes 4,568 4.64 −1.54
Turnout 98,402 89.22 −2.32
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Bill Shorten 58,465 62.31 +0.92
Liberal Ted Hatzakortzian 35,369 37.69 −0.92
Labor hold Swing +0.92


  1. ^ Maribyrnong, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°45′11″S 144°51′32″E / 37.753°S 144.859°E / -37.753; 144.859