Tim Watts, since 2013.
Southwestern suburbs of Melbourne. Gellibrand covers most of the Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay council areas. Suburbs include Altona, Seaholme, Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Kingsville, Yarraville, Footscray, Laverton and Williams Landing.
Gellibrand shifted south-west, taking in Laverton, Laverton North, Williams Landing and part of Point Cook from Lalor. Gellibrand lost Ardeer, Sunshine, Tottenham and Brooklyn to Fraser, and lost West Footscray to Maribyrnong. These changes reduced the Labor margin from 18.2% to 15.1%.
Gellibrand was created for the expansion of the House of Representatives in 1949. It has always been won by the ALP.
Gellibrand was first won in 1949 by the ALP’s John Mullens, a former state MP for Footscray. Mullens was expelled from the ALP in 1955 and joined the ALP (Anti-Communist), which evolved into the Democratic Labor Party. He lost his seat at the 1955 election.
Hector McIvor defeated Mullens in 1955. He held the seat for the next seventeen years, retiring at the 1972 election.
Ralph Willis won Gellibrand in 1972. He joined the Labor frontbench after the 1975 election defeat. Willis served as Shadow Treasurer for most of the Fraser government, but was replaced by Paul Keating shortly before the 1983 election.
Willis served as a cabinet minister for the entirety of the Hawke government, and upon the election of Paul Keating as Prime Minister, he was appointed Treasurer. He served in that role until the 1996 election, and retired in 1998.
Gellibrand was won in 1998 by Nicola Roxon. Roxon was promoted to the shadow ministry in 2001 and was appointed Minister for Health in the Rudd government after the 2007 election. She served as Attorney-General from 2011 until February 2013, when she returned to the backbench, before retiring at the 2013 election.
Labor’s Tim Watts was elected in Gellibrand in 2013, and re-elected in 2016.
- Tim Watts (Labor)
Gellibrand is a safe Labor seat.
2016 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Gellibrand have been divided into three parts: north-east, south-east and south-west.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 62.9% in the south-west to 72.2% in the north-east.
The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 12.2% in the south-west to 33.1% in the north-east.
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Election results in Gellibrand at the 2016 federal election
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