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.


Maribyrnong River, the division's namesake

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.

Prominent former members include James Fenton, a minister under James Scullin and Joseph Lyons; Arthur Drakeford, a minister under John Curtin, Frank Forde and Ben Chifley; and Moss Cass, a minister under Gough Whitlam. 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.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Samuel Mauger 2.jpg Samuel Mauger
Protectionist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Previously held the Division of Melbourne Ports. Served as minister under Deakin. Lost seat
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
  James Fenton - Dover Studios (cropped).jpg James Fenton
Labor 13 April 1910
March 1931
Served as minister under Scullin and Lyons. Lost seat
  Independent March 1931
7 May 1931
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
15 September 1934
  Arthur Drakeford.jpg Arthur Drakeford
Labor 15 September 1934
10 December 1955
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Lost seat
  PhilipStokes1967.jpg Philip Stokes
Liberal 10 December 1955
25 October 1969
Lost seat
  No image.svg Moss Cass
Labor 25 October 1969
4 February 1983
Served as minister under Whitlam. Retired
  No image.svg Alan Griffiths
Labor 5 March 1983
29 January 1996
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
  No image.svg Bob Sercombe
Labor 2 March 1996
17 October 2007
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Niddrie. Retired
  Bill Shorten-crop.jpg Bill Shorten
Labor 24 November 2007
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Incumbent. Currently the Opposition Leader

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