Scullin is a safe ALP seat. In fact, it has only ever had Labor representatives. Its main industries and focus include manufacturing, light industry, food processing, packaging and distribution, health and education.
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The division of Scullin is based in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs. The electorate is home to growing residential areas and a bustling community.
Scullin has a broad demographic range and is surrounded by parks, recreational areas, schools and medical facilities. Its main industries include manufacturing, light industrial areas, food processing, packaging and distribution, health and education.
The electorate of Scullin covers an area of approximately 169 square kilometres, from Epping west to Wattle Glen to Hurstbridge in the east. It includes Mill Park, Plenty, Watsonia North, Lalor, Wattle Glen and Yarrambat as well as parts of Bundoora, Greensborough, Hurstbridge, South Morang, Thomastown and Wollert.
Scullin is named after James Scullin who was Prime Minister from 1929 to 1932.
The electorate was first formed in 1949, when it was known as Darebin, the name of a local local government area.
ALP member Harry Jenkins represented the seat from 1969. He became Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1983 following the election of the Hawke Government and retired in 1985.
His son, Harry Jenkins followed in his father's footsteps after winning the seat in a by-election. He went on to become the 26th speaker of the House of Representatives, until he too resigned in 2011. His sudden resignation was prompted by Labor's need to claw back another vote on the Government side of the House during the hung parliament. His departure paved the way for the controversial Peter Slipper to become Speaker.
After Jenkins retired in 2013, Andrew Giles was elected. Giles held the seat safely with 64.35% of the vote.
Andrew Giles also serves as the chair of the Education, Research, Science and Arts Committee and is a member of the Economics Committee. He often speaks out on urban development and is the convenor of the cities sub-committee.
Giles is a regular visitor to local universities and schools, including Mill Park Secondary College, which was recently granted $6 million and the Melbourne Polytechnic Greensborough campus, which is set to re-open with a $2.5 million grant from the state government.
Rose Ljubicic, is standing for the Greens. She says she “is committed to bringing integrity and compassion back into politics”. She has run various businesses, including a food store, a chemical free cleaning company, a garden design consultancy and an eco-guest house and retreat, Ljubicic says she is driven to support small-business owners in her community.
The division of Scullin is generally described as “an active and multicultural community”.