- Held by: Anthony Carbines, Australian Labor Party, MLA since 2010
- Since: ALP since 1996
- Swing at 2010 election: 8.8% to Liberal
- Redistribution details: The electorate’s northern boundary moved further north in gaining parts of Macleod and Yallambie from Bundoora in last year’s redistribution. Ivanhoe has also moved from Northern to Eastern Metropolitan Region.
- Size of electorate: 28 sq km
KEY COMMENTS: Ivanhoe is a northern suburban electorate nestled between Darebin Creek, the Yarra River and Plenty Creek generally south of La Trobe University. It includes the suburbs of Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Bellfield, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West, Eaglemont, Rosanna, Viewbank and parts of Macleod and Yallambie.
Ivanhoe features residential areas, extensive parklands and the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre as well as the Simpson Army Barracks.
Known for its historic houses, Ivanhoe is mainly home to established older couples and families. It has a number of elite private schools, a contemporary arts space, a golf course, and is famous for its Boulevard Christmas Lights.
The district was formed in 1945 and for many years the seat was regularly a safe one for the Liberal Party. However, a redistribution prior to the 1992 election made the seat notionally Labor. Nevertheless, Labor lost in 1992 before winning the seat back in 1996.
Since then it has been a safe Labor seat, albeit with a dwindling margin. The expected Labor margin is 1.8%
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