2001 Profile of the division of Calwell

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after Arthur Calwell (1896–1973), Minister (1943–1949), Member of the House of Representatives (1940–1972), Leader of the Australian Labor Party (1960–1967). He is the only political leader in Australia's history to have had an assassination attempt against him.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 234 sq km from Campbellfield in the east to Diggers Rest in the west.

The suburbs it covers are Attwood, Broadmeadows, Bulla, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Delahey, Diggers Rest, Fawkner, Gladstone Park, Glenroy, Greenvale, Hillside, Jacana, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Oak Park, Roxburgh Park, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes, Tullamarine and Westmeadows.

Products/Industries of the area:

Automobile manufacturing, food processing, textiles, clothing, transport, telecommunications and airline industries.

First Proclaimed/Election



  • Maria Vamvakinou (ALP) 2001–
  • (Dr) A Theophanous (ALP/IND) 1984–2001

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Demographic Rating

Outer Metropolitan

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

Enrolment: 87 318

Informal Vote: 3.45%

Turnout: 95.15%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 68.98%
  • LP: 31.02%

Enrolment: 92 440

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 1.20%
  • Preamble Question 1.33%


  • Republic Question 94.77%
  • Preamble Question 94.79%

Enrolment: 98 330

Informal Vote: 6.47%

Turnout: 94.79%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 67.73%
  • LP: 32.27%