As the 2019 federal election looms, Margaret Bride gives an overview of the history of the electorate
Melbourne Ports was one of the original eight metropolitan electoral districts contested in the first federal election in 1901. At that time, the electorate of Melbourne Ports included both the port suburb of Williamstown and that of Port Melbourne. Numerous changes of electorate…
In spite of the Society's protests, the federal electorate of Melbourne Ports has been changed by the Australian Electoral Commission to Macnamara. The names will apply from 13 July.
The Society argued that since Melbourne Ports was a Federation seat, the name should be respected as part of Australia's heritage. In addition, Melbourne Ports has ongoing relevance in the life…
Existing since Federation, Melbourne Ports has been held by the Labor Party since 1906 and has had only five members in 107 years since.
Former members of the seat were
Jim Matthews 1906 - 1931
E J Holloway 1931 - 1951
Frank Crean 1951 - 1977
Clyde Holding 1977 - 1998
Michael Danby since 1998
Postscript: On 5 July 2018, Michael Danby announced he would not contest…