2001 Profile of the division of Burke

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

Victoria

Name Derivation:

Named after Robert O'Hara Burke (1821–1861), a former Irish policeman, who led the Victorian expedition in 1860 which attempted to cross Australia from south to north. The team reached the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1861, but perished on the return journey.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 3117 sq km of inland central Victoria.

Its main centres are Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Deer Park (south), Trentham (west), Kyneton (north), Sunbury, Gisborne and Romsey (east).

Products/Industries of the area:

Dairying, general farming, horse studs and market gardening, timber, wine production and service industries.

First Proclaimed/Election

1968/1969

Members

  • Brendan O'Connor (ALP) 2001–
  • N O'Keefe (ALP) 1984–2001
  • (Dr) A C Theophanous (ALP) 1980–84
  • L K Johnson (ALP) 1969–80

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Rural

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 80 245

Informal Vote: 5.18%

Turnout: 95.98%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 57.61%
  • LP: 42.39%

Enrolment: 84 099

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.95%
  • Preamble Question 1.01%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 95.66%
  • Preamble Question 95.67%

Enrolment: 88 943

Informal Vote: 3.57%

Turnout: 95.57%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 55.51%
  • LP: 44.49%
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