- Held by: Jane Garrett – Australian Labor Party
- Since: 2010
- Swing at 2010 election: -11.7 per cent against Labor, mostly picked up by independent Phil Cleary (state-wide -5.97 per cent)
- Redistribution details: Gained parts of Parkville north of the rail line from Melbourne. The boundary with Richmond was re-aligned through Fitzroy North along Park Street.
- Size of electorate: 16.5 sq. km
KEY COMMENTS: One of Victoria’s most ethnically diverse electorates, Brunswick has been a safe Labor seat since its inception in 1904. The last decade has seen a steady rise in support for the Greens and independents and a tight race is expected. One of the biggest challenges to candidates is engaging a young, educated and multiracial electorate with primary concerns to do with public transport, safety and development.
Crowded trams and public safety key in Victoria’s most diverse electorate
Sydney Road is Brunswick’s main artery, and it embodies the electorate – a melting pot of old and new. Family-run shops have signs in Italian, Arabic, Greek, English and Mandarin. Many have hardly changed since the 1970s, their nondescript shop windows showing a reliance on regulars rather than enticing the passer-by. Familiarity is important in Brunswick.
Yet change is happening everywhere. Modern multi-story apartment blocks loom over the old shops, and more are being built all the time. Brunswick, home to mortgage-saddled young couples, sprawling long-established migrant families and student sharehouses, is a complex and rapidly-changing battleground…
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By Andy Hazel. As more state election candidates step up to jostle for the attention of the people of Brunswick, getting your message across becomes increasingly important. Even the name of a party can be problematic.read more
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By Andy Hazel. Around one hundred anti-East West Link protesters and a similar number of police clashed outside Regent Theatre in Collins Street tonight as part of a coordinated action against a state Liberal Party fundraising dinner.read more