Electoral district of Dandenong

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
State Victoria
Created 1904
MP John Pandazopoulos
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Dandenong, Victoria
Electors 35,535 (2010)
Area 35 km2 (13.5 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Dandenong is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It was first proclaimed in 1904 when the district of Dandenong and Berwick was abolished.

The seat is currently based around Dandenong and its surrounding suburbs, although in previous years the seat has had a more rural character. Traditionally it has been a key marginal seat, but since the 1970s demographic changes have made it a safe Labor Party seat. However, during the Kennett government the seat became very marginal again, and at the 1999 election the Liberals put a substantial effort into an ultimately unsuccessful attempt at winning the seat. The neglect of their own marginal seats was seen as one of the reasons why the Coalition narrowly lost government at that election. [1], [2]

The current member is John Pandazopoulos, who has a 13.9% margin. While still a safe seat, the ALP margin has been steadily declining since reaching its high point at the 2002 election. Minor parties such as Greens, DLP and Family First captured 20% of the vote at the 2010 election.

Members for Dandenong[edit]

Member Party Term
  William Keast Conservative 1904–1917
  Comm Liberal
  Frank Groves Nationalist 1917–1929
  Herbert Cremean Labor 1929–1932
  Frank Groves United Australia 1932–1937
  Frank Field Labor 1937–1947
  William Dawnay-Mould Liberal 1947–1952
  Electoral Reform League
  Les Coates Labor 1952–1955
  Ray Wiltshire Liberal 1955–1958
  Leonard Reid Liberal 1958–1969
  Alan Lind Labor 1969–1979
  Rob Jolly Labor 1979–1985
  Terry Norris Labor 1985–1992
  John Pandazopoulos Labor 1992–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2010: Dandenong
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Pandazopoulos 14,934 50.53 -8.00
Liberal Dale Key 8,658 29.29 +4.38
Greens Matthew Kirwan 2,591 8.77 +0.50
Democratic Labor Christopher Blackburn 2,037 6.89 +6.89
Family First Damien Latcham 1,337 4.52 -3.77
Total formal votes 29,557 92.57 -0.50
Informal votes 2,373 7.43 +0.50
Turnout 31,930 89.86 -1.29
Two-party-preferred result
Labor John Pandazopoulos 18,887 63.87 -4.80
Liberal Dale Key 10,686 36.13 +4.80
Labor hold Swing -4.80

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Coordinates: 37°59′S 145°13′E / 37.983°S 145.217°E / -37.983; 145.217