• Held by: James Merlino – ALP
  • Since: 2002
  • Swing at 2010 election: – 4.8%
  • Redistribution details: Monbulk has lost The Basin and parts of Boronia and Bayswater and gained areas such as Tecoma, Belgrave, Selby, and parts of Kilsyth, Montrose and Mooroolbark. Following redistribution there is a notional Liberal margin of 1.1 per cent.
  • Size of electorate: 265-square kilometres

KEY COMMENTS: Changes to electoral boundaries have made the seat the Shadow Opposition Leader held with a 1.9 per cent margin in 2010 a “notional” Liberal electorate. But polls suggest the swing to Labor throughout Victoria might ensure he retains the seat. He is likely to benefit from anger in Tecoma after a failed campaign to stop a McDonald’s 24-hour restaurant and his high profile as Shadow Education Minister.

Electorate profile

As you venture among fern and rhododendron along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road in the heart of Monbulk, the electorate seems a haven, far from the cut and thrust of Spring Street.

You’d think a high profile candidate, Deputy Opposition leader James Merlino, safe here and surely likely to retain a seat in which voters have favoured the incumbent since the 1990s.

Yet changes to electoral boundaries have undermined the shadow education minister’s hold on the outer eastern and Dandenong Ranges seat.

> Read the full electorate profile here

Candidate profiles


Here at UniPollWatch we used to think that Deputy Opposition Leader James Merlino enjoyed a high profile in state politics and local government. That was until we conducted a survey in which we asked 206 people in the Melbourne CBD…
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Mark Verschuur is a self-made man confident that his experience in business through which he put in practice his philosophy that you can take charge of your own destiny has prepared him well for state politics. ‘We need…
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South African-born Mike Clarke campaigned to protect the environment in the apartheid-era at a time when security police targeted activists and infiltrated student groups. He protested against the construction of a nuclear power station north west of Cape Town and…
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Childhood idols Steve Irwin and David Attenbrough helped inspire 22 year-old Jordan Crook’s interest in conservation from an early age. ‘I’ve done a lot of conservation work over my life,’ said Crook, who won the Shire of…
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Monbulk news

Burger off and move on in Monbulk

Anti-McDonald’s protesters in the Monbulk electorate have thrown their support behind the Labor Party in the lead-up to the Victorian state election. This follows the Opposition’s promise to repeal Premier Napthine’s controversial “move-on” laws, which now give police the right to remove protesters from any site if their actions appear too unruly or obstructive. Members of the “Burger off” organisation consider the law to be a threat to their peaceful campaign against the new McDonald’s restaurant in Tecoma, as Swinburne’s Vincent Dwyer... read more

Voices from the new Monbulk

Following the recent redistribution, Labor’s deputy leader James Merlino, has a tougher job to retain his seat of Monbulk. Swinburne reporter Hayley Skews went to one of the new parts of the Monbulk electorate to ask voters who they will be supporting at the state... read more