Electoral district of Brunswick

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Brunswick District 2014.png
Location of Brunswick (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Dates current 1904–1955, 1976–1992
MP Jane Garrett
Party Labor Party
Electors 46,954 (2014)
Area 16 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan
Coordinates 37°46′S 144°58′E / 37.767°S 144.967°E / -37.767; 144.967Coordinates: 37°46′S 144°58′E / 37.767°S 144.967°E / -37.767; 144.967

The Electoral district of Brunswick is an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 16 square kilometres (6.2 sq mi) in inner northern Melbourne, and includes the suburbs of Brunswick, Brunswick East, and Brunswick West, and parts of Coburg, Fitzroy North, Parkville and Pascoe Vale South. It lies within the Northern Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

Historically a very safe seat for the Labor Party, Brunswick has in recent elections become increasingly marginal against the Greens.[1][2]

The seat has had three periods of existence. The seat was first formed in 1904 and abolished in 1955, recreated in 1976 and abolished again in 1992, and again re-established in 2002. It has always been held for Labor, apart from two months in 1955 when incumbent MP Peter Randles defected to the Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist) in the Australian Labor Party split of 1955.

Brunswick was first won in 1904 by Labor candidate Frank Anstey. Anstey resigned to enter federal politics in 1910, forcing a by-election which was won by former Brunswick mayor James Jewell. Jewell was member for Brunswick for 39 years, and served for 25 years as either Government or Opposition Whip. Jewell died in office in 1949, necessitating a by-election, which was won for Labor by Peter Randles. Randles resigned from the Labor Party and joined the new Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist) in the 1955 Labor split, but Brunswick was abolished that year and he contested and lost the new seat of Brunswick West.[3][4][5]

The Brunswick seat was re-established in 1976, and was won by Tom Roper, the Labor member for abolished Brunswick West, who would hold it until it was abolished again in 1992. Roper held a number of prominent ministries in the Cain government, including Minister for Health (1982–1985), Minister for Transport (1985–1987) and Minister for Planning and Environment (1987–1990), and was then promoted to Treasurer in the Kirner Ministry (1990–1992). Upon the abolition of Brunswick, Roper contested and won the adjacent seat of Coburg at the 1992 election.[1][6]

In 2002, Brunswick was re-created for a third time, and was won by Carlo Carli, who had succeeded Roper as member for Coburg; Carli represented Brunswick until his retirement at the 2010 state election. City of Yarra mayor Jane Garrett held the seat for Labor despite a high-profile campaign by the Victorian Greens, who received a significant swing in their favour. Garrett retained the seat in 2014 in the face of a similarly strong campaign. Labor won government under Daniel Andrews at the 2014 election, and Garrett was promoted into the new Andrews Ministry as Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and Minister for Emergency Services.[7][8][9]

Members for Brunswick[edit]

First incarnation (1904–1955)
Member Party Term
  Frank Anstey Labour 1904–1910
  James Jewell Labor 1910–1949
  Peter Randles Labor 1949–1955
  Anti-Communist ALP 1955
Second incarnation (1976–1992)
Member Party Term
  Tom Roper Labor 1976–1992
Third incarnation (2002–present)
Member Party Term
  Carlo Carli Labor 2002–2010
  Jane Garrett Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Brunswick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Greens Tim Read 16,001 39.6 +9.5
Labor Jane Garrett 15,318 38.0 +1.9
Liberal Giuseppe Vellotti 6,554 16.2 −0.9
Animal Justice Ward Young 714 1.8 +1.8
People Power Victoria Stella Kariofyllidis 670 1.7 +1.7
Independent Dean O'Callaghan 491 1.2 +1.2
Family First Frank Giurleo 396 1.0 +1.0
Christians Babar Peters 214 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 40,358 95.1 +0.3
Informal votes 2,089 4.9 −0.3
Turnout 42,447 90.4 +2.7
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Jane Garrett 21,075 52.2 −1.4
Greens Tim Read 19,283 47.8 +1.4
Labor hold Swing −1.4

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Brunswick District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brunswick – Victorian Election 2014". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Anstey, Frank (Francis) George". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jewell, James Robert". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Randles, Peter John". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Roper, Thomas William". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ms Jane Garrett". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brunswick – Victorian Election 2014". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Brunswick – 2010 Victorian Election". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 December 2014.