- Held by: Daniel Andrews (ALP)
- Since: 2002
- Swing at 2010 election: -7.1%
- Redistribution details: Mulgrave’s status as a safe Labor seat has taken a hit because of the 2012/13 redistribution. the seat has lost areas around Springvale Road to Oakleigh and parts of Noble Park North and Dandenong North. It has accumulated thousands of voters in the pro-Liberal areas of Wheelers Hill. The Labor margin has plummeted as a consequence from 8.5% to approximately 2.4%
- Size of electorate: 31 sq kms
KEY COMMENTS: Daniel Andrews will rely on his near-celebrity status as Opposition Leader to counter the effects of the redistribution on his electorate. In 2010 he suffered a two-party preferred swing of 7.1 per cent against him so he will aim to win some of this back this time round. The issues of transport, health, education and the cost of living resonate in this ethnically diverse outer-eastern seat.
Daniel Andrews’ seat of Mulgrave is now marginal
Mulgrave has been safely held by the Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews since it replaced the seat of Dandenong North in 2002. However, the recent electoral redistribution has transformed the seat so that Labor’s notional margin is now just 2.4 per cent. The Liberal Party and the Greens have seized the opportunity to make Mulgrave a new battleground. The Greens claim to have knocked on over 10,000 doors in the southeast, while Liberal Candidate Robert Davies has regularly attended events, shopping centres and residential streets to ingratiate himself with locals. Matilda Marozzi, from RMIT University, went to Mulgrave to find out about residents’ concerns. While transport, education and health are important issues, many voters find it hard to go past the rising cost of living.
As well as being Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews is also the member for Mulgrave. The 2012-2013 electoral redistribution has left his seat more marginal and is now notionally held by Labor with a 2.4 per cent margin. RMIT student Matilda Marozzi spoke to the…