• Held by: Heidi Victoria, Liberal
  • Since: 2006
  • Swing at 2010 election: +7.7 per cent
  • Redistribution details: The seat’s Liberal margin has notionally fallen to around 6.8 per cent as a result of extensive changes to the seat’s boundaries. It has lost most of Ringwood and Wantirna and picked up parts of South Kilsyth, Bayswater North, The Basin and Boronia.
  • Size of electorate: 40 sq km

KEY COMMENTS: Bayswater tends Liberal but did have a four year dalliance with Labor between 2002 and 2006 after the second election win by then premier Steve Bracks. The electoral redistribution has pushed the seat of Bayswater towards the Dandenongs and away from its old western boundary, which had been largely defined by the East Link tollway. Now the seat fans east and north into the neighbouring areas of Monbulk and Kilsyth, capturing Labor voters who should reduce Liberal frontbencher Heidi Victoria’s primary vote.

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Bayswater: strong for the Liberals?

    The seat of Bayswater in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs has been held by Liberal incumbent and minister, Heidi Victoria, for eight years. Ms Victoria obtained a swing to her of 11.8% at the last state election. However, the recent re-distribution leaves Bayswater with a notional 6.8% margin  in favour of the the sitting member. Sophie Boyd and Sarah Maunder from RMIT University spoke to the three major contenders for Bayswater from the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties. Unfortunately, the original podcast was marred by technical problems. This is a transcript of that podcast. BAYSWATER ELECTORATE PROFILE PODCAST SOPHIE BOYD: Hullo and welcome to the Bayswater electorate podcast in partnership with UNIPOLLWATCH. I’m Sophie Boyd. SARAH MAUNDER: And I’m Sarah Maunder. The Victorian election will be held on 29 November and the entire state will be given the chance to choose their political representation for the next four years. SOPHIE BOYD: We will be taking an in-depth look at the seat of Bayswater by introducing you to the candidates and the major issues in the area. The Bayswater electorate encompasses an area of almost forty square kilometres in the outer eastern suburbs – including the suburbs of Boronia, Heathmont and Bayswater. SARAH MAUNDER: There are over thirty-four thousand voters who live in the electorate and the seat is held by Liberal MP, Heidi Victoria. The last election saw a swing of 11.8% towards Liberal and Ms Victoria’s retaining the seat she has held since 2006. SOPHIE BOYD: There are two other major candidates contesting Ms Victoria’s seat: James Tennant from the Greens and the Labor representative, Tony Dib. We sat down... read more