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Tim Watts (ALP-Gellibrand) – First Speech

Tim Watts was first elected as the ALP member for Gellibrand at the 2013 federal election.


Watts replaced Nicola Roxon in this safe ALP seat that has never been held by the Coalition parties.

Gellibrand is located in the western suburbs of Melbourne. It extends from Maidstone in the north to Williamstown in the south, and from the Maribrynong River in the east to Altona Meadows in the west. Other main suburbs include Albion, Altona, Ardeer, Brooklyn, Footscray, Footscray West, Kingsville, Newport, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Sunshine, Sunshine West, Spotswood, Tottenham, Yarraville and Williamstown. [Read more…]

City-Country Switch For Federal MPs As Roxon And Zahra Swap Seats

Two Victorian Labor MPs are to swap electorates and houses for one week to experience the difference between representing city and country electorates.

Nicola Roxon, the member for Gellibrand, and Christian Zahra, the member for McMillan, say the swap is designed to allow them to gain a practical understanding of the issues confronting their electorates.

McMillan is in south-eastern Victoria and includes the towns of Moe, Warragul, Wonthaggi and Yallourn. Gellibrand is in western Melbourne and includes the suburbs of Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown.

Text of a statement from Christian Zahra and Nicola Roxon.


Two Victorian Labor MPs, Federal Member for McMillan Christian Zahra and Federal Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon, will probably feel a bit like fish out of water this week.

In an Australian political first, the two young MPs – one representing a regional area, the other an inner city area – will ‘swap’ electorates and houses for one week, beginning today. [Read more…]