Maria Vamvakinou, since 2001.
Outer northern suburbs of Melbourne. A majority of the seat covers southern parts of the City of Hume, along with northern parts of the City of Brimbank. Calwell covers the suburbs of Broadmeadows, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes, Keilor, Tullamarine, Broadmeadows, Coolaroo, Meadow Heights, Greenvale and Roxburgh Park, as well as Melbourne Airport.
Calwell previously covered the same boundaries as the City of Hume. Northern parts of the City of Hume, including Sunbury, were transferred to McEwen. Calwell gained northern parts of the City of Brimbank from Gorton and Maribyrnong. This increased the ALP’s margin from 19.7% to 20.1%.
Calwell was created for the expansion of the House of Representatives in 1984. It has always been a safe Labor seat.
The seat was first won in 1984 by Andrew Theophanous. Theophanous had previously held Burke since 1980. He served as a Parliamentary Secretary in the final term of the Labor government from 1993 to 1996. He came under fire for allegations of migration fraud. He resigned from the ALP in 2000 and served out his term as an independent, losing in 2001. He later served time in prison.
Calwell was won in 2001 by Maria Vamvakinou, and she has held the seat ever since.
- Brett Watson (Katter’s Australian Party)
- Paul Graham (Family First)
- Bryce Letcher (Palmer United Party)
- Maria Vamvakinou (Labor)
- Nevena Spirovska (Sex Party)
- Ali Khan (Liberal)
- Maria Bengtsson (Australian Christians)
- Charles Rozario (Rise Up Australia)
- Omar Jabir Omar (Democratic Labour Party)
- Joanna Nevill (Greens)
Calwell is a very safe Labor seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas: central, north and south. Polling places in the City of Brimbank have been grouped as “South”, and those in the City of Hume are split into “Central” and “North”.
The ALP won a majority in all three areas, varying from 65.3% in the south to 74.8% in the centre.
The Greens vote varied from 9.4% in the south to 12.1% in the centre.
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