Division of Murray
The Division of Murray was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It was located in the north of the state, adjoining the Murray River, which forms Victoria's border with New South Wales. It included the towns of Shepparton, Echuca, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Boort and Bridgewater. In 2018 the division was renamed the Division of Nicholls, coming into effect at the 2019 federal election.
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. It was first held by John McEwen, who briefly served as Prime Minister after the disappearance of Harold Holt, and subsequently became the inaugural Deputy Prime Minister under John Gorton. His successor in the seat, Bruce Lloyd, went on to serve as Deputy Nationals Leader to three successive leaders - Ian Sinclair, Charles Blunt and Tim Fischer.
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.
|Country||10 December 1949 –
1 February 1971
|Previously held the Division of Indi. Served as minister under Menzies, Holt and Gorton. Served as Prime Minister from 1967 to 1968. Served as Deputy Prime Minister under Gorton. Resigned in order to retire from politics|
|Country/National Country/Nationals||20 March 1971 –
29 January 1996
|Liberal||2 March 1996 –
9 May 2016
|Served as minister under Howard. Retired|
|Nationals||2 July 2016 –
11 April 2019
|Previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council. Transferred to the Division of Nicholls after Murray was abolished in 2019|
|Rise Up Australia||Yasmin Gunasekera||1,195||1.36||+0.73|
|Total formal votes||88,016||91.16||−2.51|
|National gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
- Murray, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.