Electoral results for the Division of Melbourne Ports

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This is a list of electoral results for the Division of Melbourne Ports in Australian federal elections from the division's creation in 1901 until the present.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Samuel Mauger Protectionist 1901–1906
  James Mathews Labor 1906–1931
  Jack Holloway Labor 1931–1951
  Frank Crean Labor 1951–1977
  Clyde Holding Labor 1977–1998
  Michael Danby Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Owen Guest 35,533 41.90 +0.85
Labor Michael Danby 22,897 27.00 −4.67
Greens Steph Hodgins-May 20,179 23.79 +3.62
Animal Justice Robert Smyth 1,685 1.99 +1.99
Independent Peter Holland 1,393 1.64 +1.64
Marriage Equality Henry von Doussa 1,349 1.59 +1.59
Drug Law Reform Levi McKenzie-Kirkbright 1,348 1.59 +1.59
Independent John Myers 425 0.50 +0.50
Total formal votes 84,809 95.76 −0.42
Informal votes 3,756 4.24 +0.42
Turnout 88,565 86.67 −3.37
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 43,573 51.38 −2.18
Liberal Owen Guest 41,236 48.62 +2.18
Labor hold Swing −2.18
Australian federal election, 2013: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Kevin Ekendahl 33,278 41.05 +3.26
Labor Michael Danby 25,676 31.67 -6.52
Greens Ann Birrell 16,353 20.17 -0.49
Sex Party Melissa Star 3,089 3.81 +1.63
Palmer United Toby Stodart 1,122 1.38 +1.38
Democratic Labour Vince Stefano 540 0.67 +0.67
Family First Robert Keenan 490 0.60 -0.14
Stable Population Steven Armstrong 324 0.40 +0.40
Rise Up Australia Margaret Quinn 201 0.25 +0.25
Total formal votes 81,073 96.18 -0.59
Informal votes 3,223 3.82 +0.59
Turnout 84,296 90.14 +0.61
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 43,419 53.56 -4.33
Liberal Kevin Ekendahl 37,654 46.44 +4.33
Labor hold Swing -4.33
Australian federal election, 2010: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michael Danby 32,391 38.19 -4.28
Liberal Kevin Ekendahl 32,057 37.79 -1.89
Greens Sue Plowright 17,528 20.66 +5.63
Sex Party Christian Vega 1,851 2.18 +2.18
Family First Daniel Emmerson 632 0.75 -0.10
Secular Gregory Storer 362 0.43 +0.43
Total formal votes 84,821 96.75 -1.09
Informal votes 2,848 3.25 +1.09
Turnout 87,669 89.67 -2.05
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 48,819 57.56 +0.41
Liberal Kevin Ekendahl 36,002 42.44 -0.41
Labor hold Swing +0.41

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2007: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michael Danby 36,556 42.47 +3.22
Liberal Adam Held 34,154 39.68 -3.26
Greens Phillip Walker 12,941 15.03 +0.93
Democrats John Mathieson 1,527 1.77 +0.42
Family First Rebecca Gebbing 731 0.85 +0.31
CEC Aaron Isherwood 172 0.20 +0.02
Total formal votes 86,081 97.84 +1.24
Informal votes 1,903 2.16 -1.24
Turnout 87,984 91.71 +0.58
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 49,191 57.15 +3.41
Liberal Adam Held 36,890 42.85 -3.41
Labor hold Swing +3.41
Australian federal election, 2004: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Southwick 35,058 42.94 +3.23
Labor Michael Danby 32,046 39.25 -0.11
Greens Jo Lewis 11,508 14.10 +2.82
Democrats Craig Beale 1,102 1.35 -7.92
Independent Les Cameron 958 1.17 +1.17
Family First Graeme Jackel 444 0.54 +0.54
Independent Leonie Horin 374 0.46 +0.46
CEC Aaron Isherwood 146 0.18 -0.21
Total formal votes 81,636 96.60 -0.14
Informal votes 2,875 3.40 +0.14
Turnout 84,511 91.13 -1.79
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 43,873 53.74 -1.95
Liberal David Southwick 37,763 46.36 +1.95
Labor hold Swing -1.95
Australian federal election, 2001: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Andrew McLorinan 31,384 39.71 +0.72
Labor Michael Danby 31,110 39.36 -4.74
Greens Jeannette Kavanagh 8,912 11.28 +6.55
Democrats Greg Chipp 7,328 9.27 +1.08
CEC Jeremy Beck 305 0.39 +0.39
Total formal votes 79,039 96.74 -0.15
Informal votes 2,662 3.26 +0.15
Turnout 81,701 92.32
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 44,018 55.69 -0.14
Liberal Andrew McLorinan 35,021 44.31 +0.14
Labor hold Swing -0.14

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1998: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michael Danby 32,849 44.10 -2.47
Liberal Fiona Snedden 29,037 38.99 -0.74
Democrats Julie Peters 6,099 8.19 +1.10
Greens Dinesh Mathew 3,523 4.73 -0.43
Unity Diana Wolowski 1,413 1.90 +1.90
One Nation Arthur Hawley 1,380 1.85 +1.85
Natural Law Tom Haynes 180 0.24 -0.25
Total formal votes 74,481 96.89 -0.35
Informal votes 2,390 3.11 +0.35
Turnout 76,871 92.34 -1.10
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Danby 41,585 55.83 -0.22
Liberal Fiona Snedden 32,896 44.17 +0.22
Labor hold Swing -0.22
Australian federal election, 1996: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 33,838 46.58 -2.08
Liberal Margot Foster 28,863 39.73 -2.02
Democrats John Davey 5,147 7.08 +3.42
Greens Misha Coleman 3,746 5.16 +5.16
AAFI Margaret Gillespie-Jones 700 0.96 +0.96
Natural Law Robert Brown 357 0.49 -0.46
Total formal votes 72,651 97.24 +0.16
Informal votes 2,065 2.76 -0.16
Turnout 74,716 93.44 -0.22
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 40,399 56.05 +0.20
Liberal Margot Foster 31,679 43.95 -0.20
Labor hold Swing +0.20
Australian federal election, 1993: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 34,751 48.65 +9.10
Liberal Helen Friedmann 29,817 41.74 -1.86
Democrats Beverley Broadbent 2,614 3.66 -11.85
Independent Andrew Colbert 2,291 3.21 +3.21
Christine Craik 1,276 1.79 +1.79
Natural Law Caroline Hockley 678 0.95 +0.95
Total formal votes 71,427 97.07 +0.55
Informal votes 2,153 2.93 -0.55
Turnout 73,580 93.66
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 39,862 55.85 +3.80
Liberal Helen Friedmann 31,513 44.15 -3.80
Labor hold Swing +3.80
Australian federal election, 1990: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Allan Paull 29,032 43.6 +2.9
Labor Clyde Holding 26,335 39.6 -4.5
Democrats David Collyer 10,327 15.5 +6.2
Democratic Socialist Greg Loats 886 1.3 +1.3
Total formal votes 66,580 96.5
Informal votes 2,399 3.5
Turnout 68,979 93.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 34,594 52.1 -1.8
Liberal Allan Paull 31,872 47.9 +1.8
Labor hold Swing -1.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1987: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 29,831 50.1 -7.0
Liberal Allan Paull 20,683 34.7 +3.9
Democrats Di Bretherton 5,568 9.3 +3.5
Independent Alan Brown 3,483 5.9 +5.9
Total formal votes 59,565 93.6
Informal votes 4,039 6.4
Turnout 63,604 87.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 35,643 59.9 -4.3
Liberal Allan Paull 23,831 40.1 +4.3
Labor hold Swing -4.3
Australian federal election, 1984: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 32,665 57.1 -3.6
Liberal Allan Paull 17,603 30.8 -1.7
Democrats Sue McDougall 3,312 5.8 +0.0
Democratic Labor Michael Rowe 1,825 3.2 +3.2
Independent Denice Stephens 845 1.5 +1.5
National Dorothy Turner 795 1.4 +1.4
Independent Russell Morse 159 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 57,204 88.1
Informal votes 7,728 11.9
Turnout 64,932 90.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 36,690 64.2 +1.1
Liberal Allan Paull 20,427 35.8 -1.1
Labor hold Swing +1.1
Australian federal election, 1983: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 36,444 59.7 +2.7
Liberal Ronald Flood 20,488 33.5 -0.4
Democrats John Sutcliffe 3,556 5.8 -1.5
Socialist Workers Brett Trenery 595 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 61,083 97.3
Informal votes 1,688 2.7
Turnout 62,751 91.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 64.1 +1.8
Liberal Ronald Flood 35.9 -1.8
Labor hold Swing +1.8
Australian federal election, 1980: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 33,992 57.0 +7.0
Liberal Colin Bell 20,252 33.9 +0.9
Democrats Stephen Duthy 4,336 7.3 -2.5
Independent Gordon Moffatt 806 1.4 +1.4
Independent Wilhelm Kapphan 270 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 59,656 96.2
Informal votes 2,373 3.8
Turnout 62,029 89.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 62.3 +6.8
Liberal Colin Bell 37.7 -6.8
Labor hold Swing +6.8

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1977: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clyde Holding 31,308 50.0 -5.5
Liberal Daniel Hill 20,627 33.0 -5.0
Democrats Valina Rainer 6,147 9.8 +9.8
Democratic Labor Gordon Haberman 4,495 7.2 +4.5
Total formal votes 62,577 96.1
Informal votes 2,567 3.9
Turnout 65,144 90.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clyde Holding 55.5 -2.8
Liberal Daniel Hill 44.5 +2.8
Labor hold Swing -2.8
Australian federal election, 1975: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 28,460 55.5 -4.9
Liberal Roger Johnston 19,485 38.0 +7.4
Australia Beverley Broadbent 1,641 3.2 -1.5
Democratic Labor Gordon Haberman 1,369 2.7 -1.6
National Country Frederick Gray 168 0.3 +0.3
Independent Henry Sanders 154 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 51,277 97.1
Informal votes 1,553 2.9
Turnout 52,830 91.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 58.3 -5.8
Liberal Roger Johnston 41.7 +5.8
Labor hold Swing -5.8
Australian federal election, 1974: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 31,120 60.4 -1.1
Liberal John Walsh 15,733 30.6 +0.1
Australia Beverley Broadbent 2,429 4.7 +4.7
Democratic Labor John Johnston 2,211 4.3 -3.7
Total formal votes 51,493 97.1
Informal votes 1,556 2.9
Turnout 53,049 92.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 64.1 +1.8
Liberal John Walsh 35.9 -1.8
Labor hold Swing +1.8
Australian federal election, 1972: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 29,631 61.5 +9.5
Liberal Paul Fenton 14,722 30.5 -2.4
Democratic Labor John Johnston 3,845 8.0 -0.1
Total formal votes 48,198 97.0
Informal votes 1,476 3.0
Turnout 49,674 91.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 62.3 +6.0
Liberal Paul Fenton 37.7 -6.0
Labor hold Swing +6.0

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1969: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 25,209 52.0 +12.3
Liberal Kevin Randall 15,923 32.9 -7.6
Democratic Labor Eustace Tracey 3,944 8.1 -3.4
Independent Reg Macey 1,580 3.3 +3.3
Independent Stephen Graves 1,447 3.0 +3.0
Independent George Gabriel 352 0.7 +0.7
Total formal votes 48,455 94.6
Informal votes 2,745 5.4
Turnout 51,200 91.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 56.3 +8.0
Liberal Kevin Randall 43.7 -8.0
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +8.0
Australian federal election, 1966: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 16,003 55.5 -8.0
Liberal Richard Thomas 7,123 24.7 +2.6
Democratic Labor George O'Dwyer 3,304 11.5 -1.0
Communist David Clark 2,402 8.3 +6.4
Total formal votes 28,832 94.9
Informal votes 1,543 5.1
Turnout 30,375 94.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 64.1 -2.4
Liberal Richard Thomas 35.9 +2.4
Labor hold Swing -2.4
Australian federal election, 1963: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 20,654 63.5 +1.8
Liberal James Pond 7,178 22.1 -0.3
Democratic Labor George O'Dwyer 4,074 12.5 -1.2
Communist Roger Wilson 632 1.9 -0.3
Total formal votes 32,538 97.7
Informal votes 781 2.3
Turnout 33,319 95.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 66.5 +1.4
Liberal James Pond 33.5 -1.4
Labor hold Swing +1.4
Australian federal election, 1961: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 20,590 61.7 -1.9
Liberal Gordon Blackburne 7,483 22.4 +2.0
Democratic Labor Albert Jones 4,572 13.7 -0.1
Communist Roger Wilson 749 2.2 -0.1
Total formal votes 33,394 96.5
Informal votes 1,201 3.5
Turnout 34,595 93.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 65.1 -2.1
Liberal Gordon Blackburne 34.9 +2.1
Labor hold Swing -2.1

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1958: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 22,968 63.6 +11.6
Liberal Norman Loader 7,381 20.4 +0.7
Democratic Labor John Fitzgerald 4,969 13.8 -11.4
Communist Roger Wilson 813 2.3 -0.8
Total formal votes 36,131 96.4
Informal votes 1,362 3.6
Turnout 37,493 95.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 67.2 +10.4
Liberal Norman Loader 32.8 +32.8
Labor hold Swing +10.4
Australian federal election, 1955: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 19,917 52.0 -14.7
Labor (A-C) Stan Corrigan 9,662 25.2 +25.2
Liberal Harold Sher 7,531 19.7 -7.8
Communist Alex Dobbin 1,193 3.1 -2.7
Total formal votes 38,303 95.9
Informal votes 1,645 4.1
Turnout 39,948 93.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 56.8 -15.0
Labor (A-C) Stan Corrigan 43.2 +43.2
Labor hold Swing -15.0
Australian federal election, 1954: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 22,001 67.4 -3.8
Liberal Norman Fittock 8,914 27.3 -1.5
Communist Ted Bull 1,733 5.3 +5.3
Total formal votes 32,648 98.0
Informal votes 677 2.0
Turnout 33,325 95.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Frank Crean 72.3 +1.1
Liberal Norman Fittock 27.7 -1.1
Labor hold Swing +1.1
Australian federal election, 1951: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frank Crean 26,502 71.2 +3.3
Liberal Michael Prowse 10,740 28.8 -3.3
Total formal votes 37,242 97.8
Informal votes 839 2.2
Turnout 38,081 94.9
Labor hold Swing +3.3

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1949: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway 26,792 67.9 -2.5
Liberal Frank Block 12,690 32.1 +2.5
Total formal votes 39,482 97.2
Informal votes 1,137 2.8
Turnout 40,619 94.6
Labor hold Swing -2.5
Australian federal election, 1946: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway 43,905 66.7 -6.1
Liberal Douglas Dennis 21,884 33.3 +6.1
Total formal votes 65,789 97.5
Informal votes 1,705 2.5
Turnout 67,494 92.2
Labor hold Swing -6.1
Australian federal election, 1943: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway 47,149 72.8 +6.7
United Australia Frank Preacher 17,629 27.2 -6.7
Total formal votes 64,778 97.6
Informal votes 1,612 2.4
Turnout 66,390 95.7
Labor hold Swing +6.7
Australian federal election, 1940: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway 38,853 66.1 -33.9
United Australia Raymond Trickey 19,907 33.9 +33.9
Total formal votes 58,760 97.6
Informal votes 1,428 2.4
Total votes 60,188 94.7
Labor hold Swing -33.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1937: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway unopposed
Labor hold Swing
Australian federal election, 1934: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway 27,081 62.8 -6.4
United Australia James Laurence 12,173 28.2 -2.1
Socialist William Clarke 3,872 9.0 +9.0
Total formal votes 43,126 95.7
Informal votes 1,941 4.3
Turnout 45,067 93.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jack Holloway 70.9 +10.6
United Australia James Laurence 29.1 -10.6
Labor hold Swing +10.6
Australian federal election, 1931: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Holloway 22,901 56.4 -43.6
United Australia William Orr 12,319 30.3 +30.3
Independent UAP William Howey 3,945 9.7 +9.7
Communist Thomas le Huray 823 2.0 +2.0
Lang Labor Thomas Houston 448 1.1 +1.1
Independent Noble Kerby 154 0.4 +0.4
Total formal votes 40,590 94.3
Informal votes 2,445 5.7
Turnout 43,035 95.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jack Holloway 60.3 -39.7
United Australia William Orr 39.7 +39.7
Labor hold Swing -39.7

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1929: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews unopposed
Labor hold Swing
Australian federal election, 1928: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews unopposed
Labor hold Swing
Australian federal election, 1925: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews 29,416 67.7 -5.4
Nationalist Frank Wilcher 14,035 32.3 +5.4
Total formal votes 43,451 98.2
Informal votes 792 1.8
Turnout 44,243 89.7
Labor hold Swing -5.4
Australian federal election, 1922: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews 17,628 73.1 -26.9
Nationalist Selwyn Neale 6,485 26.9 +26.9
Total formal votes 24,113 97.0
Informal votes 745 3.0
Turnout 24,858 54.1
Labor hold Swing -26.9

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1919: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews unopposed
Labor hold Swing
Australian federal election, 1917: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews 22,689 66.3 -33.7
Nationalist William Fozard 11,557 33.7 +33.7
Total formal votes 34,246 97.7
Informal votes 801 2.3
Turnout 35,047 80.5
Labor hold Swing -33.7
Australian federal election, 1914: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews unopposed
Labor hold Swing
Australian federal election, 1913: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Mathews 24,203 79.2 +10.6
Liberal Charles Merrett 6,357 20.8 -10.6
Total formal votes 30,560 97.9
Informal votes 659 2.1
Turnout 31,219 75.0
Labor hold Swing +10.6
Australian federal election, 1910: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Mathews 15,055 69.6 +29.0
Liberal Alexander Ramsay 6,583 30.4 -5.0
Total formal votes 21,638 98.3
Informal votes 368 1.7
Turnout 22,006 65.4
Labour hold Swing +17.0

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1906: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Mathews 6,813 40.6 -1.3
Protectionist Edward Watts 5,932 35.4 -20.1
Independent Labour James Ronald 3,215 19.2 +19.2
Ind. Anti-Socialist Cyril James 802 4.8 +4.8
Total formal votes 16,762 95.9
Informal votes 714 4.1
Turnout 17,476 55.9
Labour gain from Protectionist Swing +9.4
Australian federal election, 1903: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Protectionist Samuel Mauger 9,646 55.5 -44.5
Labour James Mathews 7,290 41.9 +41.9
Independent Labour Harry Foran 443 2.5 +2.5
Total formal votes 17,379 97.8
Informal votes 386 2.2
Turnout 17,765 55.7
Protectionist hold Swing -44.5
Australian federal election, 1901: Melbourne Ports
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Protectionist Samuel Mauger unopposed
Protectionist win (new seat)

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