Division of Murray

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This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the New South Wales state electorate, see Electoral district of Murray. For the historical South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of Murray (South Australia).
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MURRAY 2016.png
Division of Murray in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Damian Drum
Party National
Namesake Murray River
Electors 104,430 (2016)
Area 16,229 km2 (6,266.1 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Murray is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the north of the state, adjoining the Murray River, which forms Victoria's border with New South Wales. It includes the towns of Shepparton, Echuca, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Boort and Bridgewater.

The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 election. It was named after the Murray River, which itself was named after British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies Sir George Murray. Murray has been in the hands of either the Liberal or National parties for its entire existence. It is currently the third-safest coalition-held seat in Australia, with a 20-point swing required for Labor to win it. It was first held by Rt Hon Sir John McEwen, who was the caretaker Prime Minister after the disappearance of Harold Holt.


Member Party Term
  (Sir) John McEwen Country 1949–1971
  Bruce Lloyd Country 1971–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1996
  Sharman Stone Liberal 1996–2016
  Damian Drum National 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Murray[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Damian Drum 31,105 35.34 +35.34
Liberal Duncan McGauchie 28,194 32.03 −29.38
Labor Alan Williams 13,188 14.98 −5.76
Greens Ian Christoe 3,880 4.41 +0.48
Country Robert Danieli 3,556 4.04 +4.04
Independent Fern Summer 3,323 3.78 +3.78
Independent Andrew Bock 1,467 1.67 +1.67
Rise Up Australia Yasmin Gunasekera 1,195 1.36 +0.73
Independent Diane Teasdale 1,037 1.18 +1.18
Independent Nigel Hicks 844 0.96 +0.96
CEC Jeff Davy 227 0.26 −0.10
Total formal votes 88,016 91.16 −2.51
Informal votes 8,530 8.84 +2.51
Turnout 96,546 92.45 −2.10
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Duncan McGauchie 65,920 74.90 +4.03
Labor Alan Williams 22,096 25.10 −4.03
Two-candidate-preferred result
National Damian Drum 48,527 55.13 +55.13
Liberal Duncan McGauchie 39,489 44.87 −26.00
National gain from Liberal Swing N/A


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

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Coordinates: 36°16′44″S 144°38′46″E / 36.279°S 144.646°E / -36.279; 144.646