Division of Lalor
The Division of Lalor (//) is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. Located in the south-western suburbs of Melbourne, it includes the south-western hub of Werribee as well as the suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina, Williams Landing and Wyndham Vale.
At 9.0%, Lalor has the nation’s highest proportion of children aged under 4 years old. It has the nation’s lowest proportion of residents aged 65 and over (7.0%), is sixth highest nationally for families being couples with dependent children (44.4%), and has the sixth highest rate of residents purchasing their own homes (49.3%).
The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 Federal election. It was named after Peter Lalor, the leader of the miners at the Eureka Stockade, and a former member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It is a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, which has held it for all except three years of its existence, when it was lost in the 1966 landslide. However, a redistribution ahead of the 1969 election made it a notional Labor seat. Labor retook the seat easily and has since held it without difficulty.
It has been held by a succession of senior Labor members: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013; Barry Jones, former Minister for Science under Bob Hawke and Labor National President; and Jim Cairns, former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister under Gough Whitlam. As Gillard was Deputy Prime Minister prior to becoming Prime Minister, Lalor is therefore the only federal electorate to have been held by two Deputy Prime Ministers.
Image Member Party Term Notes Reg Pollard
Labor 10 December 1949 –
26 November 1966
Previously held the Division of Ballarat. Lost seat Mervyn Lee
Liberal 26 November 1966 –
25 October 1969
Did not contest in 1969. Failed to win the Division of Bendigo Jim Cairns
Labor 25 October 1969 –
10 November 1977
Previously held the Division of Yarra. Served as minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Whitlam. Retired Barry Jones
Labor 10 December 1977 –
31 August 1998
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Melbourne. Served as minister under Hawke. Retired Julia Gillard
Labor 3 October 1998 –
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Rudd. Served as Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013. Retired Joanne Ryan
Labor 7 September 2013 –
2016 Australian federal election: Lalor Party Candidate Votes % ± Labor Joanne Ryan 55,302 51.80 +6.63 Liberal Gayle Murphy 33,070 30.98 +1.72 Greens Daniel Sova 10,471 9.81 +3.80 Rise Up Australia Marion Vale 4,685 4.39 +2.59 Australia First Susan Jakobi 3,232 3.03 +3.03 Total formal votes 106,760 95.46 +2.09 Informal votes 5,080 4.54 −2.09 Turnout 111,840 90.48 −2.65 Two-party-preferred result Labor Joanne Ryan 67,731 63.44 +1.28 Liberal Gayle Murphy 39,029 36.56 −1.28 Labor hold Swing +1.28
- Those familiar with the suburb (not contained within the electorate itself), but not the electorate, may erroneously pronounce it [ˈlæɪloː] or [ˈlæɪlə].
- Lalor, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.