Mallee – Australia 2022

NAT 15.7%

Incumbent MP
Anne Webster, since 2019.

Geography
North-western Victoria. Mallee covers a large area in the corner of Victoria, bordering New South Wales and South Australia. Mallee covers Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Loddon, Mildura, Northern Grampians, Swan Hill, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack council areas, and parts of the Pyrenees council area. Mallee includes the centres of Mildura, Ouyen, Swan Hill, St Arnaud, Warracknabeal and Horsham.

Redistribution
Mallee expanded to the south, taking in the remainder of the Northern Grampians council area from Wannon. This change reduced the Nationals margin from 16.2% to 15.7%.

History

Mallee was created at the redistribution before the 1949 election as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives. It has always been held by the Country Party and its successor National Party.

The seat was won in 1949 by the Country Party’s Winton Turnbull. Turnbull had stood for office for the Country Party before the Second World War, but was captured in the fall of Singapore and was a prisoner of war for over three years. Turnbull won Wimmera in 1946, and moved to the new seat of Mallee in 1949.

Turnbull held Mallee for the next two decades, and retired at the 1972 election.

Mallee was won in 1972 by Peter Fisher, who held Mallee for another two decades, until he retired in 1993.

Mallee was won in 1993 by John Forrest, also of the National Party. Forrest held the seat for the next twenty years, retiring in 2013.

Nationals candidate Andrew Broad won Mallee in 2013, and was re-elected in 2016.

Broad retired in 2019, and Nationals candidate Anne Webster won the seat.

Candidates

  • Anne Webster (Nationals)
  • Sophie Baldwin (Independent)
  • Claudia Haenel (Independent)
  • Chris Lahy (Citizens Party)
  • Carole Hart (Labor)
  • Sam McColl (Greens)
  • Stuart King (United Australia)
  • Vanessa Atkinson (One Nation)
  • Assessment
    Mallee is a safe Nationals seat in a race against Labor. The Liberal Party contested the seat in 2019

    2019 result

    CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
    Anne Webster Nationals 26,14227.9-28.126.4
    Serge Petrovich Liberal 17,66518.8+11.720.3
    Carole Hart Labor 14,72215.7-6.916.5
    Jason Mark ModicaIndependent8,7959.4+9.48.9
    Ray KingstonIndependent8,6219.2+9.28.7
    Dan StraubShooters, Fishers and Farmers5,5125.9+5.95.6
    Nicole Rowan Greens 3,2973.5-3.53.7
    Rick MillarUnited Australia Party3,1713.4+3.43.5
    Cecilia MoarIndependent2,7612.9+2.92.8
    Rick GrosvenorConservative National Party1,3091.4+1.41.3
    Philip MollisonRise Up Australia9191.0-3.50.9
    Leigh FirmanScience Party4970.5+0.50.5
    Chris LahyCitizens Electoral Council4160.4-1.20.4
    Others0.4
    Informal11,79211.2+6.4

    2019 two-party-preferred result

    CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
    Anne Webster Nationals 62,14366.2-3.665.7
    Carole Hart Labor 31,68433.8+3.634.3

    Booth breakdown

    Booths have been divided into five areas. Booths in Buloke, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack council areas, as well as those in the southern parts of the Mildura council area, have been grouped as “Central”. Those in Gannawarra and Swan Hill have been grouped as “North-East”. Those in Horsham, Northern Grampians and West Wimmera have been grouped as “South-West”. Those booths in Central Goldfields, Loddon and Pyrenees have been grouped as “South-East”. The booths in the main urban centre of Mildura, as well as some nearby booths close to the Murray River, have been grouped as “Mildura”.

    The Nationals won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all five areas, ranging from 57.2% in the south-east to 75.2% in the north-east.

    Voter groupNAT 2PP %Total votes% of votes
    South-West64.810,51510.6
    Mildura60.610,02510.1
    North-East75.29,2019.3
    Central73.48,6738.8
    South-East57.27,7697.9
    Pre-poll65.240,99841.5
    Other votes64.711,67711.8

    Election results in Mallee at the 2019 federal election
    Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and primary votes for the Nationals, independent candidates, the Liberal Party and Labor.

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    2 COMMENTS

    1. This seat keeps expanding & taking in territory from Wannon. Seeing Maryborough & Carisbrook in this seat looks strange.

    2. Went to vote in Ararat yesterday, not even knowing that living on the other side of the Wimmera river, 25 kms from Ararat, I am now in Mallee! I have even been to meetings by local candidates in Ararat!
      At the booth, I was handed the normal how to vote cards. got into the polling booth to find my green paper was for Mallee. I thought it was a mistake! No, the official said our address is now just a kilometre into Mallee. Took about 20 minutes to sort out the names and parties from my preferred party to number the candidates. My letterbox today is still getting flyers from the candidates in Wannon. None ever from Mallee.

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