Division of Melbourne
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||46 km2 (17.8 sq mi)|
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. 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. Bandt retained his seat at the 2013 and 2016 elections.
|Sir Malcolm McEacharn||Protectionist||1901–1904|
|Liberal||Philip Le Liu||23,878||25.25||+2.42|
|Sex Party||Lewis Freeman-Harrison||3,265||3.45||+1.53|
|Animal Justice||Miranda Smith||1,742||1.84||+1.10|
|Drug Law Reform||Matt Riley||1,187||1.26||+1.26|
|Total formal votes||94,579||97.52||+3.47|
|Liberal||Philip Le Liu||31,616||33.43||+2.68|
|Liberal||Philip Le Liu||29,808||31.52||+31.52|