Division of Melbourne Ports

Melbourne Ports
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Melbourne Ports (green) in Victoria
Created: 1900
MP: Michael Danby
Party: Labor
Namesake: Melbourne Ports
Area: 44 km² (17 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Melbourne Ports is an Australian federal electoral division in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The electorate was created in 1900 at the time of Australian Federation (see History of Australia), and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the fact that at the time of its creation it was centred on Port Melbourne and Williamstown, both major ports.

The electorate, formerly working class, is much more demographically diverse on its current boundaries. It still includes Port Melbourne, but now also includes the upper middle class and alternative lifestyle suburbs of Albert Park, St Kilda, Elwood and middle class Caulfield. It is the home of one of Australia's larger atheist communities and according to 2006 census, this electorate has 23.2% No Religion, 18.8% Catholic, 12.7% Jewish, 10.8% Anglican, 11.7% Other Christian, 5.9% Other Religions, and 16.9% not stated. It also has a large gay and lesbian community.

Melbourne Ports has been held by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since 1906. Since its extension eastwards to Caulfield in the 1990 redistribution, however, it has become much less secure for Labor, and is now a marginal seat.

Members

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

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-candidate 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

References

Coordinates: 37°51′22″S 144°58′34″E / 37.856°S 144.976°E / -37.856; 144.976


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