Brunswick

  • 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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Candidate profiles

JANE GARRETT MP
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Ms Jane Garrett is feeling confident. Fifty-five days out from the state election, she doesn’t want to talk about her achievements since her narrow victory for Labor in 2010. She’s far more interested in current and future battles.
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TIM READ
AUSTRALIAN GREENS

While a medical student at the old Royal Children’s Hospital, Dr Tim Read treated teenagers with severe asthma and children who wouldn’t – or couldn’t – stop smoking. In front of his ward stood two large cigarette advertising…
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GIUSEPPE VELLOTTI
LIBERAL

He might have grown up in Adelaide. He might live in Burwood.  But Liberal Candidate for Brunswick Mr Giuseppe Vellotti is all about Australia, and family. Outside the café in which we meet, Mr Vellotti is keen to show me his…
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STELLA KARIOFYLLIDIS
PEOPLE POWER VICTORIA

Stella Kariofyllidis may not have the easiest name to pronounce. But, unlike her party, People Power Victoria – No Smart Meters (PPV), it’s a name is familiar to many Brunswick residents. Two-time Mayor of Moreland…
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DEAN O’CALLAGHAN
SAVE THE PLANET

‘Hmmm,’ muses Dean O’Callaghan. ‘Why did I decide to stand?’ Brunswick’s Save The Planet candidate leans against a desk in the messy front room of his partly constructed microbrewery just off Sydney Road.
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WARD YOUNG
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY

A lot of political parties form with the express intention of promoting a cause. Some even wind up in parliament. Of these, only the Animal Justice Party (AJP) can claim to be campaigning on behalf of billions.
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BABAR PETERS
AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS

As a Pakistani migrant, Mr Babar Peters knows a lot about change. Change is what his party is pushing for, but unlike most agitators he and his fellow party members look to the Bible rather than focus groups to guide them.
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FRANK GIURLEO
FAMILY FIRST

Family First candidates have been more or less invisible and have avoided media interviews.
Read more about Family First in our feature article.

Brunswick news

Sex, Votes and Rock ‘n Roll – minor party preference deals in Brunswick

By Andy Hazel. Seven weeks after stating his party would make no preference deals, Basics Rock and Roll Party (BRRP) head Mr Kris Schroeder was standing on the back of a truck in a Northcote carpark, playing AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll) alongside Australian Sex Party (ASP) director Ms Fiona Patten.

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East West Link: A dud project?

Is the East West Link vital infrastructure or a “dud”? Swinburne’s Joel Scanlan, Rhys Pope and Michael Hookey take a look at the cross-city road project, the most contentious issue in the Victorian... read more

Police clash with East West Link protesters

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.

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