Electoral district of Bulleen

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Bulleen District 2014.png
Location of Bulleen (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1985
MP Matthew Guy
Party Liberal Party
Electors 44,072 (2014)
Area 36 km2 (13.9 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Bulleen is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi) in eastern Melbourne, including the suburbs of Bulleen, Doncaster, Templestowe Lower, and part of Templestowe. It lies within the Eastern Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

Bulleen was created in 1985, and has been a safe seat for the Liberal Party since its inception. It was won at its first election by David Perrin, the outgoing secretary of the Victorian Dairy Industry Authority.[2] Perrin served four terms as member for the seat, and was an outspoken conservative backbencher during the Kennett government, opposing Kennett on drug reform, euthanasia, and gay and lesbian anti-discrimination laws. In 1999, Perrin lost Liberal preselection to former Kennett adviser Nicholas Kotsiras in a bitter contest which saw numerous claims of branch stacking.[3][4][5]

Kotsiras subsequently also served four terms as member for Bulleen. He held many shadow portfolios in opposition between 2002 and 2010, and served as a minister in both the Baillieu and Napthine governments from 2010 to 2014. He held the roles of Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship from 2010 to 2014, and Minister for Energy and Resources from 2013 to 2014. In early 2014, Kotsiras announced that he would retire at the 2014 election, and resigned from the ministry in March.[6][7]

Kotsiras was succeeded as member for Bulleen by then-Legislative Council member and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy, who successfully switched to the Legislative Assembly.[8][9] Guy was elected Opposition Leader in December 2014 in the aftermath of the Liberal government's election defeat.[10]

Members for Bulleen[edit]

Member Party Term
  David Perrin Liberal 1985–1999
  Nicholas Kotsiras Liberal 1999–2014
  Matthew Guy Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Bulleen
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Matthew Guy 21,983 56.2 −3.7
Labor Adam Rundell 11,859 30.3 +3.4
Greens Ben Cronly 3,824 9.8 +0.9
Christians Eleni Arapoglou 1,452 3.7 +3.7
Total formal votes 39,118 95.1 −0.0
Informal votes 2,018 4.9 +0.0
Turnout 41,136 93.3 +0.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Matthew Guy 23,699 60.6 −4.5
Labor Adam Rundell 15,438 39.4 +4.5
Liberal hold Swing −4.5


  1. ^ "Bulleen District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Perrin, David John". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Magazinik, Michael (12 November 1998). "Kennett's orders - prepare for early poll". The Australian. 
  4. ^ Owen, Kristin (15 July 1999). "Lib HQ dips into poll stacking row". Herald-Sun. 
  5. ^ Hannan, Ewin (13 August 1999). "Bush trips delay poll date". The Age. 
  6. ^ "Nicholas Kotsiras (Bulleen)". Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Victoria Cabinet reshuffle: Napthine names new ministers". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Multicultural Affairs Minister Kotsiras to retire as Matthew Guy set to bid for seat". Herald-Sun. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bulleen - Victorian Election 2014". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Smethurst, Annika (4 December 2014). "Matthew Guy defeats Michael O'Brien in Liberal leadership ballot". Herald-Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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