Division of Melbourne

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Melbourne (green) in Victoria
Created 1901
MP Adam Bandt
Party Greens
Namesake Melbourne
Electors 99,013 (2013)
Area 46 km2 (17.8 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Melbourne is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria, represented since the 2010 election by Adam Bandt, a member of the Greens.

The Division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. The Division of Melbourne encompasses the City of Melbourne and the suburbs of Abbotsford, Ascot Vale, Burnley, Carlton, Colllingwood, Cremorne, Docklands, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Flemington, Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, Princes Hill, Richmond, Travancore and West Melbourne. The area has heavy and light engineering, extensive manufacturing, commercial and retail activities (including Melbourne markets and central business district), dockyards, clothing and footwear industries, warehousing and distributing of whitegoods, building and other general goods. This capital city electorate's northern boundary is formed by Maribyrnong Road, Ormond Road, Park Street, Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road between the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and Merri Creek.

Traditionally a very safe Labor seat, Melbourne was held by Labor for 106 years from 1904 to 2010, with former Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell the highest profile member. At the 2007 election, Melbourne became a marginal seat for the first time, with the Greens candidate Adam Bandt taking second place on a two candidate preferred basis, leaving Labor with 54.71 percent of the vote. On a two party preferred basis with the Liberals, Labor finished with 72.27, an increase of 1.13 percentage points.[1][2] At the 2010 election however, following the retirement of former member and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner, Labor lost Melbourne to the Greens, with Bandt securing victory over Labor candidate Cath Bowtell.[3] Bandt retained his seat at the 2013 election.


Member Party Term
  Sir Malcolm McEacharn Protectionist 1901–1904
  William Maloney Labor 1904–1940
  Arthur Calwell Labor 1940–1972
  Ted Innes Labor 1972–1983
  Gerry Hand Labor 1983–1993
  Lindsay Tanner Labor 1993–2010
  Adam Bandt Greens 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Melbourne[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Greens Adam Bandt 36,035 42.62 +7.03
Labor Cath Bowtell 22,490 26.60 −11.54
Liberal Sean Armistead 19,301 22.83 +1.37
Sex Party James Mangisi 1,621 1.92 +0.06
Anthony Main 1,140 1.35 +1.35
Palmer United Martin Vrbnjak 780 0.92 +0.92
Animal Justice Nyree Walshe 628 0.74 +0.74
Family First Noelle Walker 453 0.54 −1.03
Independent Kate Borland 443 0.52 +0.52
Democratic Labour Michael Murphy 442 0.52 +0.52
Bullet Train Josh Davidson 297 0.35 +0.35
Secular Royston Wilding 230 0.27 −0.43
Independent Frazer Kirkman 183 0.22 +0.22
Stable Population Michael Bayliss 173 0.20 +0.20
Aust. Independents Paul Cummins 170 0.20 +0.20
Rise Up Australia Joyce Khoo 165 0.20 +0.20
Total formal votes 84,551 94.05 −2.28
Informal votes 5,348 5.95 +2.28
Turnout 89,899 90.80 +0.71
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Cath Bowtell 58,555 69.25 −3.52
Liberal Sean Armistead 25,996 30.75 +3.52
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Adam Bandt 46,732 55.27 −0.64
Labor Cath Bowtell 37,819 44.73 +0.64
Greens hold Swing −0.64


  1. ^ The Two Party Preferred distribution for the division of Melbourne was published on the VTR at 12pm, Thursday, 10/1/2008. The Two Party Preferred percentage and swing for Melbourne, Victoria and Nationally has changed to reflect this data.[1]
  2. ^ Division of Melbourne - AEC
  3. ^ "Historic win for Greens". The Age (Fairfax Media). 22 August 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Melbourne, Victoria". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°48′00″S 144°57′47″E / 37.800°S 144.963°E / -37.800; 144.963