Sharman Stone, since 1996.
North-western Victoria. Murray covers all of Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie and Campaspe council areas and most of Moira and Loddon council areas. The largest towns in Murray are Shepparton and Echuca.
Murray expanded to the south-east, gaining Strathbogie council area from Indi. This reduced the Liberal margin from 20.4% to 19.6%.
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 served as a Parliamentary Secretary in the Howard government from after the 1998 election until their defeat at the 2007 election. She has since served as a shadow minister.
- Tristram Chellew (Sex Party)
- Sharman Stone (Liberal)
- Michael John Bourke (Katter’s Australian Party)
- Wendy Buck (Independent)
- Damien Stevens (Greens)
- Catriona Thoolen (Palmer United Party)
- Fern Summer (Bullet Train For Australia)
- Raymond Hungerford (Rise Up Australia)
- Alan Walker (Family First)
- Rod Higgins (Labor)
- Jeff Davy (Citizens Electoral Council)
Murray is a very safe Liberal seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas, based on the five local government areas that cover the electorate.
The Liberal Party won a majority in all five areas, ranging from 60.3% in Strathbogie to 73.4% in Campaspe.
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