Division of Wills

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of WILLS 2016.png
Division of Wills in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Peter Khalil
Party Labor
Namesake William Wills
Electors 113,851 (2016)
Area 57 km2 (22.0 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Wills is an Australian electoral division of Victoria. It is currently represented by Peter Khalil of the Australian Labor Party.

The electorate encompasses many of the suburbs in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's north, including Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner, Glenroy and Essendon Airport. It was named after William John Wills of Burke and Wills fame.

Wills has been in Labor hands for its entire existence except between the 1992 by-election and 1996, when it was held by independent Phil Cleary. Its highest-profile member was former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. The 1992 by-election is remarkable for a number of reasons: It was caused by Bob Hawke's retirement from parliament; it had a record twenty-two candidates standing; it was won by an independent; the results were thrown out as the winner, Phil Cleary, was on unpaid leave from the state education system (the Australian Constitution forbids people employed by the Crown from standing for election). No replacement by-election was held as the court decision which threw out the results was made shortly before a general election was due.

Despite the history of Wills as a traditional Labor stronghold, demographic changes and the rise of The Greens have seen Wills, along with the neighbouring seat of Batman, become Labor-Green marginal seats in recent years. In 2016, Labor's margin versus Greens candidate and City of Moreland Mayor Samantha Ratnam dropped below 5 percent after a swing of more than 10 percent to Ratnam, despite the traditional 2PP margin (versus The Liberals) of over 20 percent making it one of the safest Labor seats in the country when considered against the Coalition.[1]


Member Party Term
  Bill Bryson Labor 1949–1955
  Labor (Anti-Communist) 1955–1955
  Gordon Bryant Labor 1955–1980
  Bob Hawke Labor 1980–1992
  Phil Cleary Independent 1992–1996
  Kelvin Thomson Labor 1996–2016
  Peter Khalil Labor 2016–present

Election results

Australian Federal Election 2016: Wills[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Khalil 35,431 37.65 −7.49
Greens Samantha Ratnam 29,017 30.83 +8.60
Liberal Kevin Hong 20,634 21.93 −0.91
Sex Party Tristram Chellew 2,608 2.77 +0.16
Independent Francesco Timpano 1,832 1.95 +1.95
Animal Justice Camille Sydow 1,578 1.68 +1.68
Drug Law Reform Ash Blackwell 1,287 1.37 +1.37
Renewable Energy Dougal Gillman 778 0.83 +0.83
Socialist Alliance Zane Alcorn 648 0.69 −0.44
Socialist Equality Will Fulgenzi 295 0.31 +0.31
Total formal votes 94,108 93.25 −1.22
Informal votes 6,807 6.75 +1.22
Turnout 100,915 88.64 −2.29
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Khalil 67,037 71.23 +0.47
Liberal Kevin Hong 27,071 28.77 −0.47
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Peter Khalil 51,646 54.88 −10.32
Greens Samantha Ratnam 42,462 45.12 +10.32
Labor hold Swing −10.32


  1. ^ Wills, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.
  2. ^ Wills, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

  • Division of Wills - Australian Electoral Commission

Coordinates: 37°43′44″S 144°56′35″E / 37.729°S 144.943°E / -37.729; 144.943

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