Electoral district of Bentleigh

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Bentleigh District 2014.png
Location of Bentleigh (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1967
MP Nick Staikos
Party Labor
Electors 40,981 (2014)
Area 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 37°55′S 145°03′E / 37.917°S 145.050°E / -37.917; 145.050Coordinates: 37°55′S 145°03′E / 37.917°S 145.050°E / -37.917; 145.050

The Electoral district of Bentleigh is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 21 square kilometres (8.1 sq mi) in southern Melbourne, including the suburbs of Bentleigh, Hampton East, McKinnon, and Moorabbin, and parts of Bentleigh East, Brighton East and Ormond. It also includes the Moorabbin campus of the Monash Medical Centre. It lies within the Southern Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

Bentleigh has usually been seen as a key marginal seat, lying at the 'point of the pendulum' needed to change government. It was Liberal held from its creation in 1967 until the 1979 election where the Liberals nearly lost their majority for the first time in just under three decades. Labor then held the seat until the Kennett landslide of 1992. Following this, the seat was narrowly held by Inga Peulich until she was tipped out of office by Rob Hudson in the 2002 election. In the 2010 election the seat returned to the Liberal party with Elizabeth Miller narrowly defeating Rob Hudson. She was ousted by Labor candidate Nick Staikos at the 2014 election.

Members for Bentleigh[edit]

Member Party Term
  Bob Suggett Liberal 1967–1979
  Gordon Hockley Labor 1979–1988
  Ann Barker Labor 1988–1992
  Inga Peulich Liberal 1992–2002
  Rob Hudson Labor 2002–2010
  Elizabeth Miller Liberal 2010–2014
  Nick Staikos Labor 2014–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Bentleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Elizabeth Miller 16,669 45.9 −1.4
Labor Nick Staikos 14,025 38.6 +0.1
Greens Sean Mulcahy 3,842 10.6 −0.4
Sex Party Ross McCawley 688 1.9 +1.9
Family First David Clark 451 1.2 +0.2
Independent Chandra Ojha 271 0.7 +0.7
People Power Victoria Sofia Telemzouguer 260 0.7 +0.7
Rise Up Australia Kelley Moldovan 124 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 36,330 94.8 −0.9
Informal votes 2,010 5.2 +0.9
Turnout 38,340 93.6 +2.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Nick Staikos 18,449 50.8 +1.7
Liberal Elizabeth Miller 17,881 49.2 −1.7
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +1.7


  1. ^ "Bentleigh District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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