Damian Drum, member for Nicholls since 2016.
North-western Victoria. Murray covers all of Greater Shepparton, Moira and Campaspe council areas and parts of Strathbogie and Mitchell council areas. The largest towns in Murray are Shepparton and Echuca.
Nicholls is a new name for the seat of Murray. The seat shifted to the east, losing the Loddon area to Mallee, and also lost Euroa and Violet Town to Indi. Nicholls gained Puckapunyal and Seymour from McEwen, and a small area from Indi. This change reduced the two-party-preferred margin from 24.9% to 22.2%.
Murray was created at the 1949 election. It has always been held by Coalition parties. It was held by the Country Party and National Party until 1996, when it was won by the Liberal Party.
The seat was first won in 1949 by the Country Party’s John McEwen. McEwen had previously held Echuca from 1934 until it was abolished in 1937, and then held Indi from 1937 until 1949.
He served as a minister in the Coalition government from 1937 to 1941. He then became a minister in the Menzies government in 1949. McEwen became Country Party leader in 1958.
When Robert Menzies retired in 1966 McEwen became the most senior figure in the government, with tremendous influence over the Country Party’s larger ally, the Liberal Party.
When Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in late 1967, McEwen briefly served as Acting Prime Minister, and he vetoed the choice of the Treasurer, William McMahon, leading to Senator John Gorton moving to the House of Representatives and becoming Prime Minister. McEwen retired from Murray in 1971.
The 1971 by-election was won by Bruce Lloyd, also of the Country Party. Lloyd served as deputy leader of the National Party from 1987 to 1993, and retired in 1996.
At the 1996 election, the Liberal Party stood Sharman Stone, and the Nationals stood John Walker. The ALP candidate was pushed into third place, with Stone polling 43% of the primary vote, and winning on preferences.
Stone held Murray for twenty years, winning the seat seven times before retiring in 2016.
The Nationals’ Damian Drum ran for Murray in 2016 against Liberal candidate Duncan McGauchie. Drum was elected with a margin of 5.1% against the Liberal Party.
In the absence of a Liberal challenger, this seat is extremely safe for the Nationals.
|Alan John Williams||Labor||13,188||15.0||-5.8||17.1|
|Robert Danieli||Australian Country Party||3,556||4.0||+4.0||3.9|
|Yasmin Gunasekera||Rise Up Australia||1,195||1.4||+0.7||1.4|
|Jeff Davy||Citizens Electoral Council||227||0.3||-0.1||0.2|
2016 two-candidate-preferred result
2016 two-party-preferred result
|Alan John Williams||Labor||22,096||25.1||-4.0||27.8|
Booths have been divided into four areas. Polling places in the Campaspe, Greater Shepparton and Moira council areas have been grouped along council lines. The remaining area have been grouped as ‘south’.
The two-party-preferred vote for the coalition ranged from 55% in the south to 77.8% in Campaspe.
|Voter group||NAT 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Nicholls at the 2016 federal election
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