Division of Lalor

The Division of Lalor (/ˈlɔːlər/)[1] 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, Tarneit, Truganina, Wyndham Vale and part of Point Cook.

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%).

History

Peter Lalor, the division’s namesake

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.

The current member for Lalor since the 2013 election is Joanne Ryan.

Members

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Reg Pollard.jpg Reg Pollard
(1894–1981)
Labor 10 December 1949
26 November 1966
Previously held the Division of Ballarat. Lost seat
  MervynLee1968.jpg Mervyn Lee
(1920–2009)
Liberal 26 November 1966
25 October 1969
Did not contest in 1969. Failed to win the Division of Bendigo
  JimCairns1962.jpg Jim Cairns
(1914–2003)
Labor 25 October 1969
10 November 1977
Previously held the Division of Yarra. Served as minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Whitlam. Retired
  Barry O Jones.jpg Barry Jones
(1932–)
Labor 10 December 1977
31 August 1998
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Melbourne. Served as minister under Hawke. Retired
  Julia Gillard 2010.jpg Julia Gillard
(1961–)
Labor 3 October 1998
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Rudd. Served as Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013. Retired
  Joanne Ryan, Member of Australian Parliament for Lalor.jpg Joanne Ryan
(1961–)
Labor 7 September 2013
present
Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Lalor[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Joanne Ryan 48,332 51.70 −0.86
Liberal Gayle Murphy 28,209 30.18 −0.05
Greens Jay Dessi 7,273 7.78 −1.83
United Australia Jeffrey Robinson 4,451 4.76 +4.76
Australia First Susan Jakobi 4,094 4.38 +1.28
Non Affiliated Aijaz Moinuddin 1,119 1.20 +1.20
Total formal votes 93,478 95.57 +0.12
Informal votes 4,337 4.43 −0.12
Turnout 97,815 91.60 +4.05
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Joanne Ryan 58,341 62.41 −1.78
Liberal Gayle Murphy 35,137 37.59 +1.78
Labor hold Swing −1.78

References

  1. ^ Those familiar with the suburb (not contained within the electorate itself), but not the electorate, may erroneously pronounce it [ˈlæɪloː] or [ˈlæɪlə].
  2. ^ Lalor, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

Coordinates: 37°47′46″S 144°36′50″E / 37.796°S 144.614°E / -37.796; 144.614