Adam Carr's guide to
The 2007 Australian federal election

The House of Representatives


Division of Melbourne

                Melbourne Ports

Lindsay Tanner (ALP)

His ALP website
and his campaign website

Andrea del Ciotto (Lib)

Her Liberal Party website

Adam Bandt (Grn)

His Greens website

Georgia Pearson (FF)

Her Family First website

Tim Wright (Dem)

His website
Location: Melbourne: Ascot Vale, Carlton, Collingwood, Richmond
Division named for: The City of Melbourne, named in 1837 for Viscount Melbourne, British Prime Minister
Median weekly family income: $1,176 (24th highest)
Persons born in non English speaking countries: 25.1% (23rd highest)
Persons in professional occupations: 46.5% (9th highest)
Persons employed in tourism: 7.6% (10th highest)
Persons aged 65 and over: 9.7% (115th highest)
Couple families with dependent children: 25.3% (149th highest)
Dwellings being purchased: 16.3% (146th highest)
Dwellings are flat, unit or apartment: 44.5% (6th highest)
Sitting member: Lindsay Tanner (Labor), elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004
Born: 24 April 1956, Orbost, Victoria
Career: Solicitor, electorate assistant to Senator Barney Cooney, Vic state secretary Federated Clerks' Union, Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry 1996-2004 and since 2005. Shadow Minister for Transport 1996-98, Shadow Minister for Finance 1998-2001, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs 1998-2001, Shadow Minister for Communications 2001-04, Shadow Minister for Community Relationships 2004
Shadow Minister for Finance from 24 June 2005
1996 two-party majority: Labor 20.2
1998 two-party majority: Labor 21.8
2001 two-party majority: Labor 20.1
Effect of 2004 redistribution: 00.2 shift to Liberal
2004 primary votes: Labor 51.8, Liberal 25.1, Green 19.0
2004 two-party majority: Labor 21.1
2004 enrolment: 92,176
2007 enrolment: 98,449 (+06.8%)
Melbourne has existed since Federation, its boundaries extending gradually outwards at each successive redistribution as the inner suburbs have declined (in relative terms) in population, although this trend has recently been reversed as the CBD has been colonised by wealthy apartment-dwellers. Suburbs like Fitzroy, Richmond and Collingwood, once slums, are wealthy areas populated by affluent professionals. Melbourne is now in the top 20% of seats in terms of median family income and in the top 10% in terms of people in professional occupations. It also has a high proportion of people born in non English speaking countries. Conversely, it has very low proportions of families with dependent children and dwellings being purchased. Labor has held Melbourne continuously since 1904, and the seat is now the third-safest Labor seat in terms of two-party vote, although many Labor votes come as second preferences from the Greens, who polled 19% of the vote here in 2004. If the Greens could poll more votes than the Liberals and hold Labor below 50%, they might win this seat, but this is unlikely. The Greens can only win by gaining Liberal preferences, leaving them open to allegations of a "deal" with the Liberals (see link below). In 2004 Labor carried every booth, polling more than 80% of the two-party vote in four Fitzroy booths and more than 70% in booths in Abbotsford, Carlton, Collingwood and Richmond, while the Liberals polled best in East Melbourne. Members for Melbourne have included Arthur Calwell, who was Leader of the Opposition 1960-67. Lindsay Tanner has held the seat since 1993. Tanner, a leader of Labor's left faction, joined the Opposition front bench in 1996, but resigned after the 2004 defeat. He returned to the front bench in 2005 and is now Shadow Minister for Finance.
Candidates in ballot-paper order
  • Andrew Reed (CEC) is a clerk.
  • Adam Bandt (Greens) is a lawyer who is completing a PhD in law and politics at Monash University.
  • Georgia Pearson (Family First) is a student.
  • Will Marshall (Socialist Equality) is a teacher.
  • Andrea del Ciotto (Liberal) is a business analyst and has worked as a consultant to PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
  • Tim Wright (Democrats) is a Melbourne University law student.
  • Kylie McGregor (Independent) is a student.
  • Lindsay Tanner (Labor) is the sitting member: see biography above.

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    Two-party vote by booth, 2004 Click to enlarge map

    Two-party swing by booth, 2004 Click to enlarge map

    Members for Melbourne

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