Melbourne

  • Held by: Jennifer Kanis
  • Since: 2012 (at a by-election)
  • Swing at 2010 election: +4.2 per cent (due to the Liberal Party directing preferences to Labor above the Greens)
  • Redistribution details: The seat has lost parts of Flemington and Parkville on its north east corner, slightly increasing the Greens’ chances
  • Size of electorate: 27.3 sq kms

KEY COMMENTS: Melbourne has become increasingly Green and would have capitulated at the 2010 election if the Coalition had not switched its preferences to Labor. When the local member, and Labor frontbencher, Bronwyn Pyke resigned in 2012 the Liberals declined to stand and the Greens out-polled Labor, only to be beaten by unsympathetic minor parties directing their preferences elsewhere.

Labor vs Greens: Melbourne candidates speak

The Melbourne electorate, melding the CBD with inner city suburbs, has a very young population. The average age is under 30.

There is a wide field of candidates standing for Melbourne, but the seat’s history shows the real contest will be left of Centre – between the Greens and Labor. The East West Link controversy is pertinent alongside the vagaries of public transport. Perhaps because of the younger profile of the electorate and its many student residents, bigger picture issues such as climate change and other “values” oriented policies clearly come into play. Emily Umstad and Nathan Stanogias from the city campus of RMIT University ask the Labor and Greens candidates to square off.

Candidate profiles

JOEL MURRAY
SEX PARTY

Joel Murray, is the Sex Party candidate for Melbourne. He discusses the issues of abortion, same-sex marriage and drug reform laws in his interview with Swinburne’s Rebecca Anne…
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