Electoral district of Forest Hill

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Forest Hill
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Forest Hill District 2014.png
Location of Forest Hill (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1976
MP Neil Angus
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Electors 40,991 (2014)
Area 25 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

Forest Hill is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Victoria.[1] It is a 25 km² electorate located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, encompassing the suburbs of Blackburn South, Burwood East and Vermont South and parts of Forest Hill and Vermont. The electorate had a population of 50,163 as of the 2006 census.

Forest Hill was created as a relatively safe Liberal seat in 1976, and was won by Liberal candidate John Richardson at the election that year. Richardson was re-elected at six consecutive elections, surviving some close races against Labor candidates at the height of the Cain government in the 1980s, and held the seat with a comfortable margin of over 7% when he retired at the 2002 election. However, Labor nominated high-profile skier and Winter Olympics medallist Kirstie Marshall as their candidate at that election, which combined with a statewide Labor landslide and the loss of Richardson's personal vote saw Labor easily win the seat for the first time. Marshall suffered a sharp swing back to the Liberal Party at the 2006 election, and held the seat by a margin of only 0.78%. At the 2010 election, Marshall was defeated by Liberal candidate Neil Angus.

Members for Forest Hill[edit]

Member Party Term
  John Richardson Liberal 1976–2002
  Kirstie Marshall Labor 2002–2010
  Neil Angus Liberal 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Forest Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Neil Angus 18,340 49.7 +0.9
Labor Pauline Richards 12,984 35.2 −3.0
Greens Brewis Atkinson 3,289 8.9 +1.1
Animal Justice Kane Rogers 999 2.7 +2.7
Christians Lynne Maddison 561 1.5 +1.5
Family First Wendy Ross 508 1.4 −0.6
Country Alliance Melissa Trotter 211 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 36,892 95.7 −0.6
Informal votes 1,646 4.3 +0.6
Turnout 38,538 94.0 −1.1
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Neil Angus 20,286 54.8 +1.3
Labor Pauline Richards 16,717 45.2 −1.3
Liberal hold Swing +1.3

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 29 May 2014.