- Held by: Martin Foley – Australian Labor Party
- Since: 2007 by-election caused by Deputy Premier John Thwaites resignation from Parliament
- Swing at 2010 election: -7.6 per cent against Labor (state-wide -5.96 per cent)
- Redistribution details: Lost Elwood, and a strip of high rise developments between Queens Road and St Kilda Road. It gained land between Barkley Street, Carlisle Street and St Kilda Road. This has reduced Labor’s margin from 2.1 per cent to just 0.9 per cent.
- Size of electorate: 21.6 sq. km
KEY COMMENTS: A fast changing and diverse inner-urban electorate in which poverty sits side by side with wealth, and older residents are being displaced by high-rise towers. At the centre of future development plans, incorporating the new Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal area.
“Weapons of mass construction” transform vital marginal seat for Labor
Anchored around the wide open space that gives it its name, the inner-city electorate of Albert Park was created in 1889 and today is one of the most marginal Labor-held seats in the Victorian lower house.
The suburbs closest to the CBD are increasingly affected by developers who, according to local Catholic priest and community figure Father Bob Maguire, should “stop acting like everywhere they develop is terra nullius” because those who already live there are displaced.
Father Bob describes the cranes that loom over sections of Albert Park as “weapons of mass construction”, and the residential towers that follow as a mixed blessing. They represent investment, development and progress. But they also create insular, gated communities – dormitories for people who work and live somewhere else…
Albert Park news
By Scott Tibballs. The battle for Albert Park took an interesting turn the day before the election, with celebrity candidate Tex Perkins telling the Gold Coast Bulletin that he didn’t even vote for himself, nor the party that he endorsed with his preferences.read more
By Scott Tibballs. Two Albert Park sports clubs have slammed the Coalition’s election pledge to return St Kilda Football Club to the Junction Oval.read more
By Scott Tibballs. Preference flows in Albert Park District have been finalized, allowing voters to see where their votes will ultimately go.read more
By Scott Tibballs. Public Transport Victoria’s efforts to untangle the bus routes of Melbourne have made the lives of some Port Melbourne residents harder. Routes servicing Port Melbourne no longer continue through the CBD to other destinations, but terminate in areas not helpful for commuters, say some residents.read more
By Scott Tibballs. While political experts may be coy in predicting the outcome of the upcoming State election, audience members at Melbourne University’s ‘Victoria Decides’ forum were almost certain that the Liberals will be ousted.read more
By Scott Tibballs. Southbank residents are feeling neglected this election campaign, with most media attention going to the Fishermans Bend urban renewal site nearby.read more