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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Wills (green) in Victoria
Created 1949
MP Kelvin Thomson
Party Labor
Namesake William Wills
Area 57 km2 (22.0 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Wills is an Australian Electoral Division of Victoria.

The division includes the northern Melbourne suburbs of Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner, Glenroy, and Essendon Airport. It was named after William John Wills, of the Burke and Wills expedition.


Member Party Term
  Bill Bryson Labor 1949–1955
  Labor (Anti-Communist) 1955–1955
  Gordon Bryant Labor 1955–1980
  Bob Hawke Labor 1980–1992
  Phil Cleary Independent 1992–1996
  Kelvin Thomson Labor 1996–present

Wills has been one of the safest Labor seats in the country. It has been held by Labor except between the 1992 by-election and the 1996 federal election. During this time it was held by independent Phil Cleary. The seat was held by Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

The 1992 by-election is remarkable for a number of reasons. It was caused by Bob Hawke's retirement from parliament. A record 22 people stood for election. It was won by an independent, Phil Cleary. However he was on unpaid leave from the state education system and the Australian Constitution forbids people employed by the government from standing for election. No replacement by-election was held as the court decision which threw out the results was made shortly before a general election was due.

Election results

Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Succeeded by

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