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Seat of the week: Murray

The northern Victorian seat of Murray is one of a number of seats in rural New South Wales and Victoria which have drifted from the Nationals to the Liberals after long-serving sitting members retired, Sharman Stone having secured the seat once held by Jack McEwen in 1996.

Blue numbers indicate size of two-party majority for the Liberal Party. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

Murray covers central northern Victoria including a 200 kilometre stretch of the river that bears its name, from Gunbower east through Echuca to Yarrawonga and Bundalong. From there it extends southwards into the Goulburn Valley region as far as Inglewood in the west and Nagambie and Euroa in the east. Its largest population centre by a considerable margin is Shepparton, home to about a third of its population, followed by Echuca, which accounts for about 10%. The electorate was created with the expansion of parliament in 1949, but its boundaries resembled those of Echuca which existed from federation until its abolition in 1937, when its territory was divided between Bendigo in the west and Indi in the east. Its dimensions have not substantially changed at any time since 1949, apart from a slight reorientation westwards when the electorate of Wimmera was abolished in 1984.

The area in question was the domain of the Country Party from its formation in 1920 until 1996, when Sharman Stone won Murray for the Liberals upon the retirement of Nationals member Bruce Lloyd. John McEwen began his federal parliamentary career as the member for Echuca in 1934 before moving to Indi when it was abolished the following term, then transferred to Murray in 1949 and remained there until his retirement in 1971. McEwen served as leader of the Country Party after 1958 and, for three weeks following Harold Holt’s disappearance at the end of 1967, Prime Minister. McEwen was succeeded on his retirement in 1971 by Bruce Lloyd, who held the seat until 1996. In a sadly typical outcome for the Nationals, the seat fell to the Liberals when Lloyd retired in 1996, Sharman Stone outpolling the Nationals candidate 43.2% to 29.7% and prevailing by 3.7% after the distribution of preferences. The Liberals had intermittently fielded candidates against Lloyd throughout his career, but always finished third behind Labor.

Sharman Stone served as a parliamentary secretary from after the 1998 election until January 2006, when she was promoted to the junior ministry as Workforce Participation Minister. After the 2007 election defeat she assumed environment, heritage, the arts and indigenous affairs, the first named being shared with shadow cabinet member Greg Hunt, before being promoted to shadow cabinet in the immigration and citizenship portfolio when Malcolm Turnbull became leader in September 2008. However, she was demoted to the outer shadow ministry position of early childhood education and childcare when Turnbull was replaced by Tony Abbott in December 2009, having supported Turnbull during Abbott’s leadership challenge, and relegated to the back bench after the 2010 election. In February 2014, Stone accused Abbott of Joe Hockey of lying about union conditions for workers at the SPC Ardmona cannery in Shepparton after the government’s rejection of a bid for $25 million in assistance put the future of its 2700 jobs in doubt. When asked at the time if she intended to remain in the Liberal Party, Stone said only that it was “to be seen how things pan out”.

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  • 551
    Diogenes
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    ET

    ISIS could bring US and Iranian forces fighting side by side against a common enemy.

    Whodathunkit?

    The US has a long history of supporting dictators so it wouldn’t be a big stretch. They are very selective about which countries need “democracy”.

  • 552
    briefly
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    535
    Everything

    If the Americans act, the world hates them
    If the Americans don’t act, the world hates them

    This is puerile, as usual. What we rely on is the US acting wisely, which, obviously, it does not always do.

  • 553
    Leroy Lynch
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Michael Rosser ‏@mik_rosser 4m
    @smurray38 Others 17!? Is there vote distribution? How much of that is PAL & NAT?

    Stephen Murray ‏@smurray38
    @mik_rosser 10% to Independents; less than 3% for PUP nationally, but higher in Qld; and less than 1% for Katter
    10:23 PM - 16 Jun 2014

  • 554
    WeWantPaul
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know but perhaps if Israel stopped murdering them at will more moderate views might emerge.

    That’s just an outright lie.

    I’m not seeing anything beyond speculation, shows how desperately weak and intellectually dishonest a position you hold when you have to call obvious speculation a lie.

    Ceasing to murder and oppress may not have any moderating outcome, but it seems that in almost all places where it happens it does. Go figure.

  • 555
    Diogenes
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Geez that didn’t take long!

    Kerry: US open to talks with Iran over Iraq, won’t rule out military cooperation.”

  • 556
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Stephen Murray @smurray38 · 12s

    Tomorrow’s #newspoll Preferred Prime Minister – Abbott 37 (+2) Shorten 40 (-5). #qanda

  • 557
    Leroy Lynch
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Stephen Murray ‏@smurray38
    Tomorrow's #newspoll Preferred Prime Minister - Abbott 37 (+2) Shorten 40 (-5). #qanda
    10:29 PM - 16 Jun 2014

  • 558
    WeWantPaul
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Geez that didn’t take long!

    Kerry: US open to talks with Iran over Iraq, won’t rule out military cooperation.”

    LoL – although I did hear a US repub I think outline how important it was for Iran to understand they wouldn’t get any payoff and certainly couldn’t expect to have any influence in Iraq …

  • 559
    confessions
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    So where’s the “Yikes!” in this Newspoll?

  • 560
    davidwh
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Looking like 53/47

  • 561
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Good question on the budget on QandA

  • 562
    Diogenes
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

  • 563
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    So PvO comments is useless as per usual, like I said, don’t take much notice of the guy.

  • 564
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Stephen Murray @smurray38 · 13s

    Tomorrow’s #newspoll Abbott Satisfaction 30 (-3) Dissatisfaction 61 (+2); Shorten Satisfaction 34 (-4) Dissatisfaction 45 (+2) #qanda

  • 565
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    confessions

    The yikes is the + in front of Abbott figures

  • 566
    deblonay
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Kedrry speaks of cooperation with Iran…and maybe joint military actions

    who would have believed it possible

    chttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20140616/us-apnewsalert/?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=style

  • 567
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Stephen Spencer ‏@sspencer_63 2m

    Gillard territory RT @smurray38 #newspoll Abbott Satisfaction 30 (-3) Dissatisfaction 61 (+2)

  • 568
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow the Canadian IPA guy arguing against the GP Tax

  • 569
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    AMA President ‏@amapresident 4m

    Correct gp copayment hits the most vulnerable #qanda

    AMA President ‏@amapresident 3m

    The health budget is not rising exponentially. It’s a false narrative #qanda

  • 570
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Last sentence on QandA this budget is S**t

  • 571
    Everything
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    PeeBee
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm | PERMALINK
    Everything, how much does a student pay now for a medical degree at your university and what will they expected to be after the fees are deregulated?

    I don’t know, but I think it is about $40k now and it will probably increase as the North Americans are paying much, much more.

  • 572
    confessions
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    The yikes is the + in front of Abbott figures

    Really? Isn’t it just same old, same old?

  • 573
    deblonay
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    562…Diogenes

    but were not we at war yesterday with Oceania
    for the love of Orwell tell me ?

  • 574
    Rossmore
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    “This budget is hit rolled in glitter” …. that’ll catch on…

  • 575
    Rossmore
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    *hit

  • 576
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    confessions

    Nah not really. It was click bait.

  • 577
    WeWantPaul
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know, but I think it is about $40k now and it will probably increase as the North Americans are paying much, much more.

    Which North Americans at which universities?

  • 578
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    @Mod Lib/571

    Right now, the Americans are paying more, but there are some saying that are saying that if this goes ahead, will be higher than what Americans pay.

    I’ll have to find the link, but I do remember it was a recent article.

    Not to mention, the following:

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/deregulation-of-uni-fees-has-not-worked-in-the-us-20140607-zry7b.html

  • 579
    WeWantPaul
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Let me answer, it is probably already cheaper for a US medical degree:

    According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median tuition in 2012-2013 was $28,719 for resident students at public institutions, $49,000 for nonresident students at public institutions, and $47,673 for students at private institutions. With fees and insurance the cost of attendance is $32,197 and $54,625 for resident and nonresident students at public institutions and $50,078 at private institutions

  • 580
    daretotread
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Deb

    We have always been at war with the evil Oceanians

  • 581
    WeWantPaul
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Wait my bad that is per year.

  • 582
    Everything
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    http://hms.harvard.edu/about-hms/facts-figures

    Well Harvard students end with a debt about three times as high:
    “Average loan debt at graduation $104,107″

  • 583
    Leroy Lynch
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Leroy ‏@Leroy_Lynch 3m
    @smurray38 @sspencer_63 what's the editorial angle on the Oz coverage? And is it Hudson or Shanners doing the write up?
    10:41 PM - 16 Jun 2014

    Stephen Murray ‏@smurray38 53s
    @Leroy_Lynch @sspencer_63 Figures like that? Hudson! Line's "pox on both their houses" with Shorten's lead shrinking from 10 to 3 in a month
    10:44 PM - 16 Jun 2014

  • 584
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    “@sspencer_63: Gillard was Satisfaction 28, Dissatisfaction 62 when dumped RT @smurray38 #newspoll Abbott Satisfaction 30 (-3) Dissatisfaction 61 (+2)”

  • 585
    Everything
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    The other thing about American Universities is the amount they are left in gifts and endowments.

    Check that Harvard page: about a quarter of their $600 million comes from donations.

  • 586
    Diogenes
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Psephos

    My political views are what they’ve been for the past 20 years or so: Labor.

    What’s so funny about that comment is that Labor opposed the Iraq War.

  • 587
    WeWantPaul
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    UK, Scotland, Wales already cheaper than us it looks like.

  • 588
    zoidlord
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    @Mod Lib/585

    And they still charge like a wounded bull?

  • 589
    Diogenes
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    but were not we at war yesterday with Oceania
    for the love of Orwell tell me ?

    I was kind of hoping we are Oceania.

  • 590
    guytaur
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    glitter and *hit are going to trend on twitter

  • 591
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    New thread.

  • 592
    Diogenes
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Med school is about $200K for a degree in the US. That’s one reason their medical fees are so high as the doctors have a huge loan to pay back.

  • 593
    CTar1
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    badcat

    These engines are worth "thousands" today with enthusiasts

    As poroti suggests, the Ground Crew had no end of fun with Robert about the new Mustang.

    The A/C were owned by them, so a pilot taking one out, getting hit by some ‘flack’ in Nth Italy and then indulging in two power dives chasing German M-110′s and then dipping the new Mustang in a lake after it developed some ‘wriggles’ (i.e. the wings were about to come off) was not a concept that appealed to the Air-frame guys.

    The R-R bit was still working until he hit the water.

    After that it was a swim job.

  • 594
    CTar1
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Bk

    Over to Foyle’s War.

    I’ve got the CD’s as well.

    A decent back-up.

  • 595
    CTar1
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    shellbell

    Got 1c a can at the recyclers.

    Practicing lawyers will do anything for money!

  • 596
    deblonay
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Blair…the warmomnger gets a belting in the UK Press
    __________
    Clare Short a former Labor Minister calls Blair a”American neo-con warmonger”
    and one newspaper quesions his sanity after calling for more UK troops for Iraq and Syria

    chttp://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-the-papers-27862521#

  • 597
    deblonay
    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    UNESCO in Qatar this weekend will begin the hearing on the Tasmanian nth west forests,and Abbott wish to remove the Heritage listing
    The Wilderness Society and the Greens will be there to put the contrary case to that of the Aust Govt

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27857337#

  • 598
    Boerwar
    Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    CTaR1

    Have enjoyed your sergeant pilot posts. I particularly liked the bit about them getting the best planes cos they mess with their mates.

    Twas ever thus with sergeants.

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