Division of Mallee


Division of Mallee
Mallee
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Mallee 2010.png
Division of Mallee (green) in Victoria
Created: 1949
MP: John Forrest
Party: National
Namesake: The Mallee
Area: 70,694 km² (27,295 sq mi)
Demographic: Rural

The Division of Mallee is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the far north-west of the state, adjoining the border with South Australia in the west, and the Murray River (which forms the border with New South Wales) in the north. At 70,694 square kilometres (27,295 sq mi), it is the largest Division in Victoria. It includes the centres of Mildura, Ouyen, Swan Hill, St Arnaud, Warracknabeal and Horsham. The division has always been a safe National/Country seat.

The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 Federal election. It was named after the Mallee region of Victoria, in which the Division is located, which itself is named after the mallee variety of eucalyptus. Note that the Division also includes the Wimmera region of Victoria, which is why the title of the sitting member's newsletter is "Wimmera Mallee News".

Mallee is currently the safest coalition seat in federal parliament.

Members

Member Party Term
  Winton Turnbull Country 1949–1972
  Peter Fisher Country 1972–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1993
  John Forrest National 1993–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Mallee
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National John Forrest 54,399 66.79 +2.85
Labor Bob Scates 16,198 19.89 -1.96
Greens Helen Healy 6,400 7.86 +3.69
Family First Carl Carter 4,456 5.47 -1.06
Total formal votes 81,453 95.77 -0.64
Informal votes 3,594 4.23 +0.64
Turnout 85,047 94.66 -1.23
Two-candidate preferred result
National John Forrest 60,611 74.41 +3.14
Labor Bob Scates 20,842 25.59 -3.14
National hold Swing +3.14

References

Coordinates: 35°43′08″S 142°10′41″E / 35.719°S 142.178°E / -35.719; 142.178


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