About the Electorate

Melbourne Ports Electorate

The Melbourne Ports electorate is located in inner metropolitan Melbourne. The electorate covers an area of 43 square kilometres and there are almost 99,000 residents enrolled to vote.

  • Albert Park
  • Balaclava
  • Caulfield
  • Caulfield North
  • Caulfield South
  • Carnegie
  • Elsternwick
  • Elwood
  • Garden City
  • Middle Park
  • Port Melbourne
  • Prahran
  • Southbank
  • South Melbourne
  • South Yarra
  • St. Kilda
  • St. Kilda East


In the past, Melbourne Ports was based on Port Melbourne and Albert park, and was a safe Labor seat. Today it extends to St. Kilda, Elwood and Caulfield, and is a marginal seat – at the 2004 election Melbourne Ports had a Labor majority of 3.6%.

At the 2010 elections Michael Danby received 57.56% of the vote, with a swing of 0.5% towards Labor. A swing to Labor in Melbourne Ports was achieved despite the national trend. Mr Danby has increased Labor’s margin in Melbourne Ports to 7.6%.

The Melbourne Ports electorate has existed since Federation in 1901. It has been held continuously by the Australian Labor Party since December 1906.

Since then, it has been held by five successive Labor members:

  • James Mathews (1906-31)

Mathews was the first Labor candidate to win, holding Melbourne Ports for a quarter of a century, until retiring in 1931.

  • The Right Honourable Ted Holloway (1931-51)

Ted Holloway was a leader of the anti-conscription campaign during World War I, and was Minister for Health, Social Service and Labor and National Service in the Curtin and Chifley governments.

  • The Honourable Frank Crean (1951-77)

Frank Crean was Treasurer and Minister for Trade in the Whitlam Government, and Deputy Prime Minister in 1975.

  • The Honourable Clyde Holding (1977-98)

Clyde Holding was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Hawke Government.

  • Michael Danby (1999 – Present)

Danby was elected for Labour in 1998, and was re-elected in 2001, 2004, 2007 & 2010.

State electorates

Melbourne Ports includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Albert Park and parts of Caulfield and Prahran.

Local government areas include:

  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Glen Eira
  • Parts of the City of Melbourne

Main industries

  • Vehicle Assembly Plants
  • Aircraft Parts Production
  • Stevedoring
  • Various Manufacturing
  • Commercial and Retail Industries
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Arts/Culture

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