- Held by: Ben Carroll – Australian Labor Party
- Since: 1976. Mr Carroll has held the seat since the 2012 by-election.
- Swing at 2010 election: 4.3 per cent to Liberal
- Redistribution details: Minor boundary changes in 2013 meant Niddrie lost the suburb of Kealba to St Albans, but gained parts of Aberfeldie from Essendon, as well as parts of Taylors Lakes from Keilor and also the suburb of Keilor. It is estimated this has weakened Labor’s margin from 6.9 per cent to 4.5 per cent.
- Size of electorate: 34 sq. km
KEY COMMENTS: This has been a Labor safe seat since its formation in 1976. Ben Carroll ran unopposed at the 2012 by-election, following the resignation of Rob Hulls, and the ALP is once again expected to win at the 2014 state election.
Situated on the outskirts of Melbourne, Niddrie has a breathtaking view of the city.
The seat has a concentration of families of Mediterranean background, mostly Italian and Greek. It has the highest proportion of Catholics in the state .
The east-west link is a major issue on voters’ minds, with the development of the proposed freeway expected to have an impact on the neighbouring electorates of Essendon and Footscray. Another major concern is education funding.
Following a survey of voters conducted after the 2012 by-election, “investment in local schools” was voted the most pressing issue. Essendon Keilor College was recently identified as the state’s most run down school during an Education Department audit.
Attracting government attention for school funding is a key part of the modern principal’s job description. David Adamson, principal at Essendon Keilor College knows that this is only the first step, after that politics intervenes. Joseph Tafra and Nick Schomburgk investigate.read more