Gellibrand – Australia 2022

ALP 13.0%

Incumbent MP
Tim Watts, since 2013.

Geography
Southwestern suburbs of Melbourne. Gellibrand covers the entire Hobsons Bay council area, along with a small part of the Maribyrnong council area and eastern parts of the Wyndham council area. Suburbs include Altona, Seaholme, Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Kingsville, Yarraville, Laverton and Point Cook.

Redistribution
Gellibrand exchanged territory with Lalor on the western boundary, losing Williams Landing and gaining Truganina and the remainder of Point Cook. Gellibrand lost Seddon and the remainder of Footscray to Fraser in the north-eastern corner of the seat.

History
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 has been re-elected twice.

Candidates

  • Suzette Rodoreda (Greens)
  • Monica Clark (Liberal)
  • Sharynn Moors (Federation)
  • Andrew Charles (Victorian Socialists)
  • Abraham Isac (United Australia)
  • Chloe Glasson (Liberal Democrats)
  • Rob Braddock (One Nation)
  • Tim Watts (Labor)
  • Assessment
    Gellibrand is a safe Labor seat.

    2019 result

    CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
    Tim Watts Labor 47,94248.7+2.449.1
    Anthony Mitchell Liberal 28,89529.3-0.530.8
    Bernadette Thomas Greens 16,30316.5-2.413.9
    Lisa BentleyUnited Australia Party5,3915.5+5.55.7
    Others0.7
    Informal3,5823.5-0.4

    2019 two-party-preferred result

    CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
    Tim Watts Labor 63,87864.8-0.363.0
    Anthony Mitchell Liberal 34,65335.2+0.337.0

    Booth breakdown

    Polling places in Gellibrand have been divided into three parts: central, east and west.

    Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 59.5% in the west to 68.7% in the centre.

    The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 9.9% in the west to 19.0% in the east.

    Voter groupGRN prim %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
    East19.068.219,27221.1
    West9.959.516,12517.7
    Central14.568.78,5439.4
    Pre-poll12.060.434,68638.0
    Other votes15.863.012,63613.8

    Election results in Gellibrand at the 2019 federal election
    Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and primary votes for Labor, the Liberal Party and the Greens.

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    6 COMMENTS

    1. Moving Williams Landing into Gellibrand didn’t make a ton a sense. Fair chance it will just go back into Gellibrand next redistribution.

    2. Another annoying little quirk of the boundary is that they left a small part of Point Cook in Lalor (pretty much disconnected from the rest of the seat) when it would be easy to just unite it in Gellibrand.

    3. Bob, on current trends Gellibrand is shifting westward. The recent redistribution saw Gellibrand shed voters in its Green-ish eastern end.

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