Michael Danby, since 1998.
Inner south of Melbourne. Melbourne Ports covers the port of Melbourne, St Kilda and Caulfield. Other suburbs include Elwood, Balaclava, Elsternwick, Ripponlea, Middle Park, Albert Park and South Melbourne.
Melbourne Ports’ boundaries were slightly changed, losing territory south of Glen Huntly Road to Goldstein. This increased the Labor margin from 7.6% to 7.9%.
Melbourne Ports is an original Federation electorate. After originally being won by the Protectionist party, it has been held by the ALP consistently since 1906, although it has rarely been held by large margins.
Melbourne Ports was first won in 1901 by Protectionist candidate Samuel Mauger, who had been a state MP for one year before moving into federal politics. Mauger was re-elected in 1903 but in 1906 moved to the new seat of Maribyrnong, which he held until his defeat in 1910.
Melbourne Ports was won in 1906 by Labor candidates James Mathews. Mathews held Melbourne Ports for a quarter of a century, retiring in 1931.
Mathews was succeeded in 1931 by Jack Holloway. Holloway had won a shock victory over Prime Minister Stanley Bruce in the seat of Flinders in 1929, before moving to the much-safer Melbourne Ports in 1931. Holloway had served as a junior minister in the Scullin government, and served in the Cabinet of John Curtin and Ben Chifley throughout the 1940s. He retired at the 1951 election and was succeeded by state MP Frank Crean.
Crean quickly rose through the Labor ranks and was effectively the Shadow Treasurer from the mid-1950s until the election of the Whitlam government in 1972. Crean served as Treasurer for the first two years of the Whitlam government, but was pushed aside in late 1974 in the midst of difficult economic times, and moved to the Trade portfolio. He served as Deputy Prime Minister for the last four months of the Whitlam government, and retired in 1977.
Crean was replaced by Clyde Holding, who had served as Leader of the Victorian Labor Party from 1967 until 1976. He won preselection against Simon Crean, son of Frank. Holding served in the Hawke ministry from 1983 until the 1990 election, and served as a backbencher until his retirement in 1998.
Holding was replaced by Michael Danby in 1998, and Danby has won re-election at every subsequent election, although never with huge margins, and a margin as small as 3% in 2004.
- Melissa Star (Sex Party)
- Michael Danby (Labor)
- Robert Keenan (Family First)
- Toby Simon Stodart (Palmer United Party)
- Vince Stefano (Democratic Labour Party)
- Ann Birrell (Greens)
- Kevin Ekendahl (Liberal)
- Margaret Quinn (Rise Up Australia)
- Steven Armstrong (Stable Population Party)
Melbourne Ports is probably safe enough for the Labor Party with a margin of almost 8%, but in current circumstances Danby could be vulnerable to a Liberal surge.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas: Port Melbourne, St Kilda and Caulfield.
The ALP won a massive 68.4% majority in St Kilda and smaller majorities in the other two areas. The Greens polled almost 30% of the vote in St Kilda, 18% in Port Melbourne and just under 16% in Caulfield.
|Voter group||GRN %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of ordinary votes|
Melissa Star (Sex Party)Michael Danby (Labor)Robert Keenan (Family First)Toby Simon Stodart (Palmer United Party)Vince Stefano (Democratic Labour Party)Ann Birrell (Greens)Kevin Ekendahl (Liberal)Margaret Quinn (Rise Up Australia)Steven Armstrong (Stable Population Party)