Division of Melbourne

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Melbourne in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Adam Bandt
Party Greens
Namesake Melbourne
Electors 111,628 (2016)
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, Carlton North, Collingwood, Cremorne, Docklands, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, 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.

The top 10 Greens lower house primary votes at the last election were: Melbourne (Vic) 42.6%, Batman (Vic) 26.4%, Grayndler (NSW) 23.0%, Wills (Vic) 22.2%, Melbourne Ports (Vic) 20.2%, Richmond (NSW) 17.7%, Sydney (NSW) 17.3%, Higgins (Vic) 16.8%, Gellibrand (Vic) 16.7% and Kooyong (Vic) 16.6%.


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, 2016: Melbourne[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Greens Adam Bandt 41,372 43.74 +1.12
Liberal Philip Liu 23,867 25.23 +2.40
Labor Sophie Ismail 23,162 24.48 −2.12
Sex Party Lewis Freeman-Harrison 3,266 3.45 +1.53
Animal Justice Miranda Smith 1,743 1.84 +1.10
Drug Law Reform Matt Riley 1,187 1.25 +1.25
Total formal votes 94,597 97.54 +3.49
Informal votes 2,385 2.46 −3.49
Turnout 96,982
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Adam Bandt 13,384 64.55 +9.3
Liberal Philip Liu 7,351 35.45 +35.45
Greens hold Swing +9.3


  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, VIC, Virtual Tally Room, AEC.

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