Division of Gellibrand

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Gellibrand 2019.png
Division of Gellibrand in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Tim Watts
Party Labor
Namesake Joseph Gellibrand
Electors 111,217 (2019)
Area 124 km2 (47.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Gellibrand is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Joseph Gellibrand, a pioneer settler of the Melbourne area. It is located in the industrial inner western suburbs of Melbourne and includes Altona, Kingsville, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, Seddon, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown, Williamstown North and Yarraville; and parts of Brooklyn, Footscray, Laverton North, Point Cook, West Footscray and Williams Landing.


Joseph Gellibrand, the division's namesake

The Division has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence; it is located in Labor's traditional heartland of western Melbourne, and is characterised by a very diverse, multicultural population. Labor has never tallied less than 60 percent of the two-party vote, and until 2010 always won an outright majority on first preferences alone.

Its most prominent members have been Ralph Willis, a Cabinet minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments, and Nicola Roxon, a Cabinet minister in the Rudd Government and the Gillard Government and first female Attorney-General.

In recent years there has been considerable gentrification in the inner-city suburbs such as Footscray, Williamstown and Yarraville, and a consequent rise in the progressive Greens vote, which rose to 37 percent in Footscray in the 2013 election. In the west, a solid patch of working-class suburbia remain strongly Labor-leaning.

For several years, Gellibrand was Labor's safest seat in the Federal Parliament. It is currently Labor's fourth-safest seat, with an 18.2 percent swing needed for the Liberals to win it. The current member for Gellibrand since the 2013 election is Labor's Tim Watts.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  JackMullens1950.jpg Jack Mullens
Labor 10 December 1949
April 1955
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Footscray. Lost seat
  Labor (Anti-Communist) April 1955
10 December 1955
  HectorMcIvor1965.jpg Hector McIvor
Labor 10 December 1955
2 November 1972
  No image.svg Ralph Willis
Labor 2 December 1972
31 August 1998
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
  Nicola Roxon Portrait 2012.jpg Nicola Roxon
Labor 3 October 1998
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
  No image.svg Tim Watts
Labor 7 September 2013

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Gellibrand[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tim Watts 47,942 48.66 +2.43
Liberal Anthony Mitchell 28,895 29.33 −0.46
Greens Bernadette Thomas 16,303 16.55 −2.40
United Australia Lisa Bentley 5,391 5.47 +5.47
Total formal votes 98,531 96.49 +0.40
Informal votes 3,582 3.51 −0.40
Turnout 102,113 91.83 +2.77
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tim Watts 63,878 64.83 −0.29
Liberal Anthony Mitchell 34,653 35.17 +0.29
Labor hold Swing −0.29


  1. ^ Gellibrand, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

  • Division of Gellibrand - Australian Electoral Commission

Coordinates: 37°50′10″S 144°50′46″E / 37.836°S 144.846°E / -37.836; 144.846

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