Electoral district of Altona

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Altona District 2014.png
Location of Altona (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1992
MP Jill Hennessy
Party Labor Party
Electors 48,044 (2014)
Area 79 km2 (30.5 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Altona is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 79 square kilometres (31 sq mi) in western Melbourne, and includes the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook, Seabrook and Seaholme. It also includes the RAAF Williams airbase and the Point Cook Coastal Park. It lies within the Western Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]


The Altona seat was created in an electoral redistribution for the 1992 election, and has been a safe seat for the Labor Party throughout its history. It was won in 1992 by Carole Marple, who was associated with the party's Pledge Left faction, a hard-left splinter from the Socialist Left.[2][3][4] In 1993, a broad "peace deal" was struck between the Socialist Left and the right-wing Labor Unity faction, which saw both factions agree to deliver the Altona preselection for the 1996 election to Socialist Left candidate Lynne Kosky instead of Marple.[5] As a result, Kosky defeated Marple for Labor preselection, and succeeded her as member for Altona at the 1996 election, while Marple instead contested and lost the marginal Legislative Council seat of Geelong Province.[6]

Kosky served as a minister throughout the 1999–2010 Labor government under Steve Bracks and John Brumby, holding the positions of Minister for Post Compulsory Education, Training and Employment (1999–2002), Minister for Finance (2000–2002), Minister for Education and Training (2002–2006), Minister for Public Transport (2006–2010) and Minister for the Arts (2006–2010).[7] Kosky resigned mid-term on 18 January 2010, citing significant health problems in her family. This necessitated a February by-election, which was won by former Labor state president Jill Hennessy.[8][9][10]

Hennessy was re-elected at the 2010 election and 2014 election. Following the Labor victory at the 2014 election, she was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services in the Andrews Ministry.[11]

Members for Altona[edit]

Member Party Term
  Carole Marple Labor 1992–1996
  Lynne Kosky Labor 1996–2010
  Jill Hennessy Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Altona
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jill Hennessy 21,862 52.0 +0.9
Liberal Nihal Samara 13,235 31.5 −1.9
Greens Chris De Bono 4,220 10.0 −0.4
Christians Anthony O'Neill 1,085 2.6 +2.6
Voice for the West Jemal Hiabu 996 2.4 +2.4
Independent Brijender Nain 687 1.6 +1.6
Total formal votes 42,085 94.6 −0.1
Informal votes 2,425 5.4 +0.1
Turnout 44,510 92.6 +3.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jill Hennessy 26,366 62.6 +0.2
Liberal Nihal Samara 15,777 37.4 −0.2
Labor hold Swing +0.2


  1. ^ "Altona District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Dixon, Robyn (18 March 1991). "Kirner threatens to call in federal party". The Age. 
  3. ^ Davis, Mark (19 March 1991). "Desperate Socialist Left to go for toecutters". Australian Financial Review. 
  4. ^ "Altona – Victorian Election 2014". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Ormonde, Tom (18 June 1993). "Deal done, but Labor faces more strife". The Age. 
  6. ^ "Marple, Carole Francis". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kosky, Lynne Janice". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Lahey, Kate (18 January 2010). "Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky quits politics". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010 Altona By-election". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Collins, Sarah-Jane; Rood, David (27 January 2010). "Altona by-election boost for Hennessy". The Age. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hon Jill Hennessy". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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