Electoral district of Forest Hill
Location of Forest Hill (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
|Area||25 km2 (9.7 sq mi)|
Forest Hill is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Victoria. It is a 25 km² electorate located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, encompassing the suburbs of Blackburn South, Burwood East and Vermont South and parts of Forest Hill and Vermont. The electorate had a population of 50,163 as of the 2006 census.
Forest Hill was created as a relatively safe Liberal seat in 1976, and was won by Liberal candidate John Richardson at the election that year. Richardson was re-elected at six consecutive elections, surviving some close races against Labor candidates at the height of the Cain government in the 1980s, and held the seat with a comfortable margin of over 7% when he retired at the 2002 election. However, Labor nominated high-profile skier and Winter Olympics medallist Kirstie Marshall as their candidate at that election, which combined with a statewide Labor landslide and the loss of Richardson's personal vote saw Labor easily win the seat for the first time. Marshall suffered a sharp swing back to the Liberal Party at the 2006 election, and held the seat by a margin of only 0.78%. At the 2010 election, Marshall was defeated by Liberal candidate Neil Angus.
Members for Forest Hill
|Animal Justice||Kane Rogers||999||2.7||+2.7|
|Family First||Wendy Ross||508||1.4||−0.6|
|Country Alliance||Melissa Trotter||211||0.6||+0.6|
|Total formal votes||36,892||95.7||−0.6|
- "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 29 May 2014.