Division of Lalor
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||493 km2 (190.3 sq mi)|
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, 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%).
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.
|Labor||10 December 1949 –
26 November 1966
|Previously held the Division of Ballarat. Lost seat|
|Liberal||26 November 1966 –
25 October 1969
|Did not contest in 1969. Failed to win the Division of Bendigo|
|Dr 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|
|Labor||10 December 1977 –
31 August 1998
|Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Melbourne. Served as minister under Hawke. Retired|
|Labor||3 October 1998 –
5 August 2013
|Served as minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Rudd. Served as Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013. Retired|
|Labor||7 September 2013 –
|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|
- Those familiar with the suburb (not contained within the electorate itself), but not the electorate, may erroneously pronounce it [ˈlæɪloː] or [ˈlæɪlə].
- Lalor, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.