- Held by: Anne Barker (ALP) who is retiring at the 2014 election
- Since: 1999
- Swing at 2010 election: Labor withstood a two party preferred swing against it of 7.7 per cent
- Redistribution details: The electorate is now bigger and extends to the East, taking in all of Monash University’s Clayton campus. It has also lost a sliver of suburban land on its western boundary, adjacent to the Caulfield racecourse. The redistribution favours Labor, giving it an estimated margin of 5.1 per cent
- Size of electorate: 29 sq km.
KEY COMMENTS: Oakleigh tends to change hands when the Government changes. it did this spectacularly in 1999 when it turned to Labor and helped oust the Kennett Government. Notably, it stayed in Labor’s hands in 2010, despite the fall of the Brumby Government. The slight gains to Labor, following the redistribution, will help offset any losses following the retirement of incumbent Anne Barker.
All roads lead to Oakleigh
Oakleigh is an electorate defined by major roads. The Princes Highway bisects the seat forming the northern border at one end and the southern border at the other. The rest of the northern boundary is determined by the Monash Freeway and the rest of the south by busy North Road. So perhaps it isn’t surprising that transport is the hottest local issue at the 2014 state election.
As local mayor Cr Geoff Lake told UniPollWatch, public transport, is the most significant factor for many voters. For those who use private cars it’s the state of the electorate’s busy roads, especially the bottle necks that form around several inefficient level crossings.
In real life, Liberal candidate Theo Zographos seems pleasant enough. Online, however, he can be belligerent. For example, in 2010 when he was running in the last state election, he called the federal independent MP Rob Oakeshott, “Rob Oakratt” and described him as a…