Electoral district of Bundoora

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Bundoora District 2014.png
Location of Bundoora (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1976
MP Colin Brooks
Party Labor Party
Electors 39,435 (2014)
Area 31 km2 (12.0 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan

Bundoora is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 31 square kilometres (12 sq mi) in north-eastern Melbourne, encompassing the suburbs of Bundoora, Kingsbury, Watsonia and Watsonia North, and parts of Greensborough, Macleod, Mill Park and Yallambie. It also includes the central campus of La Trobe University. It lies within the Northern Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

Bundoora has been a safe seat for the Labor Party throughout its history. It was first contested in 1976, and was won by John Cain Jr., son of former Premier John Cain Sr.. He rapidly rose through the parliamentary ranks to become Labor leader in 1981 and Premier himself in 1982. Cain was comfortably re-elected throughout the 1980s, resigned as Premier in 1990, and retired as member for Bundoora at the 1992 election.[2]

Cain was succeeded by Sherryl Garbutt, formerly the member for abolished Greensborough. Garbutt served as a shadow minister in opposition from 1993 to 1999, and after Labor regained government at the 1999 election served as a minister in the first two terms of the Bracks government. She respectively served as Minister for Women's Affairs (1999-2002), Minister for Environment and Conservation (1999-2002) and Minister for Community Services (2002-2006), before retiring at the 2006 election.[3]

Following Garbutt's retirement announcement in 2005, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for the Commonwealth Games Justin Madden, who held a seat in the Legislative Council, initially sought and won preselection for Bundoora.[4] However, in October 2006, the month before the 2006 state election, the sudden retirement of Northcote MP Mary Delahunty resulted in a three-way deal that saw Fiona Richardson nominate for Northcote instead of the Legislative Council, Madden take Richardson's former place on the Legislative Council ticket, and former City of Banyule mayor Colin Brooks stand in Bundoora.[5] Brooks had earlier challenged Madden for Bundoora preselection, but had withdrawn his nomination.[6] Brooks won the seat, and was easily re-elected in 2010 and 2014.[7]

Members for Bundoora[edit]

Member Party Term
  John Cain (junior) Labor 1976–1992
  Sherryl Garbutt Labor 1992–2006
  Colin Brooks Labor 2006–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Bundoora
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Colin Brooks 18,628 52.7 +2.6
Liberal Amita Gill 11,822 33.4 −0.1
Greens Clement Stanyon 3,592 10.2 +1.0
Family First James Widdowson 1,338 3.8 +0.3
Total formal votes 35,380 95.5 +1.0
Informal votes 1,682 4.5 −1.0
Turnout 37,062 94.0 +1.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Colin Brooks 22,035 62.2 +1.3
Liberal Amita Gill 13,376 37.8 −1.3
Labor hold Swing +1.3


  1. ^ "Bundoora District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cain, John (junior)". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Garbutt, Sherryl Maree". Re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Birch, Natalie (8 March 2006). "Path clear for Madden". Diamond Valley Leader. 
  5. ^ Murphy, Mathew (7 October 2006). "Minister to move in ALP shuffle". The Age. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Mathew; Austin, Paul (28 February 2006). "Rebels back down over preselections". The Age. 
  7. ^ "Victorian Election 2014 - Bundoora". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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