Division of McEwen

Australian federal electoral division

The Division of McEwen is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is north of the capital city of Melbourne. It includes Broadford, Craigieburn, Doreen, Kilmore, Lancefield, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey, Seymour, Sunbury, Wallan and Whittlesea.[1]

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of McEwen (green) in Victoria
MPRob Mitchell
NamesakeJohn McEwen
Electors115,811 (2010)
Area10,675 km2 (4,121.6 sq mi)

It was set up in 1984 and named after Sir John McEwen, leader of the Country Party of Australia.[1] McEwen was caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after the disappearance of Harold Holt in 1967.

In 2007 Fran Bailey lost the election by only six votes. She asked for the votes to be recounted and she won by 12 votes The result was challenged in the High Court of Australia and was referred to the Federal Court of Australia. Seven months later, and after carefully checking 643 individual votes, the court found Bailey had won by 31 votes. Later Bailey called for big changes the voting system.[2][3][4]


Member Party Term
  Peter Cleeland Labor 1984–1990
  Fran Bailey Liberal 1990–1993
  Peter Cleeland Labor 1993–1996
  Fran Bailey Liberal 1996–2010
  Rob Mitchell Labor 2010–present

Fran Bailey was Minister for Employment Services, Assistant Minister for Defence, and later Minister for Small Business and Tourism during the Howard Government.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Profile of the electoral division of McEwen (Vic)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. Doherty, Ben (3 July 2008). "Court confirms Bailey win". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  3. "Labor loses bid to win back McEwen". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  4. Mitchell v Bailey (No 2) 2008 FCA 692: Federal Court of Australia Decisions 2/7/2008

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Coordinates: 37°21′43″S 145°20′49″E / 37.362°S 145.347°E / -37.362; 145.347