Division of Wills
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||57 km2 (22.0 sq mi)|
The electorate encompasses many of the suburbs in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's north, including Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner, Glenroy and Essendon Airport. It was named after William John Wills of Burke and Wills fame.
Wills has been in Labor hands for its entire existence except between the 1992 by-election and 1996, when it was held by independent Phil Cleary. Its highest-profile member was former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. The 1992 by-election is remarkable for a number of reasons: It was caused by Bob Hawke's retirement from parliament; it had a record twenty-two candidates standing; it was won by an independent; the results were thrown out as the winner, Phil Cleary, was on unpaid leave from the state education system (the Australian Constitution forbids people employed by the Crown from standing for election). No replacement by-election was held as the court decision which threw out the results was made shortly before a general election was due.
|Sex Party||Tristram Chellew||2,608||2.77||+0.16|
|Animal Justice||Camille Sydow||1,578||1.68||+1.68|
|Drug Law Reform||Ash Blackwell||1,287||1.37||+1.37|
|Renewable Energy||Dougal Gillman||778||0.83||+0.83|
|Socialist Alliance||Zane Alcorn||648||0.69||−0.44|
|Socialist Equality||Will Fulgenzi||295||0.31||+0.31|
|Total formal votes||94,108||93.25||−1.22|
- Wills, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.