Electoral district of Geelong
Location of Geelong (dark green) in Victoria
|Area||45 km2 (17.4 sq mi)|
The Electoral district of Geelong is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It centres on inner metropolitan Geelong and following the June 2013 redistribution of electoral boundaries includes the suburbs of Belmont, Breakwater, East Geelong, Geelong, Geelong West, Newtown and South Geelong, Herne Hill, Manifold Heights, Newcomb, Newtown, St Albans Park, Thomson, Whittington and part of Fyansford.
The seat first existed from 1856 to 1859 as a four-member seat. It was split into Geelong East and Geelong West in 1859, but re-created in 1876 as a three-member seat. It was cut back to a two-member seat in 1889, and became a single-member seat in 1904. It was abolished in 1976, but re-created in 1985.
In its current incarnation, it has historically been a marginal seat with demographics similar to the state at large. As such, it was held by the governing party of the day from 1985 to 2010. Incomes vary strongly across the seat.
It was won in 1999 by Ian Trezise for the ALP by 16 votes after recounts. The Victorian Parliament was hung at that election, and the results for the seat of Geelong, which took several days to arrive at, had a significant impact on the events which brought the Bracks government to power. At the 2002 election, the seat's margin grew to 8.1%, however, neither major party considered it safe due to its history as a marginal seat. Trezise narrowly held it for Labor in the 2010 election, becoming the first opposition member for this seat in its current incarnation.
Members for Geelong
|First incarnation (1856–1859, 4 members)|
|Member 1||Term||Member 2||Term||Member 3||Term||Member 4||Term|
|Sir Charles Sladen||1856–1857||Alexander Fyfe||1856–1857||Charles Read||1856–1858||John Brooke||1856–1859|
|Alexander Thomson||1857–1859||George Board||1858–1859||James Harrison||1858–1859|
|Second incarnation (1877–1976), 3 members initially, two from 1889, 1 from 1904|
|Member 1||Term||Member 2||Term||Member 3||Term|
|Charles Kernot||1877–1880||Robert de Bruce Johnstone||1877–1881||Sir Graham Berry||1877–1886|
|Charles Andrews Sr.||1880|
|Charles Kernot||1880–1882||George Cunningham||1881–1886|
|Charles Andrews Sr.||1886–1894||James Munro||1886–1892||John Donaghy||1886–1889|
|John Rout Hopkins||1892–1894|
|H. B. Higgins||1894–1900||William Gurr||1894–1902|
|Charles Andrews Jr.||1900–1904||George Martin||1902–1904|
|Edward Austin||United Australia||1932–1935|
|Edward Montgomery||Liberal/Liberal and Country||1948–1950|
|Sir Thomas Maltby||Liberal and Country||1955–1961|
|Hayden Birrell||Liberal and Country/Liberal||1961–1976|
|Third incarnation (1985–present, 1 member)|
|Shooters and Fishers||Pedro Pegan||1,021||2.5||+2.5|
|Family First||Ruth Clark||962||2.4||+0.3|
|Country Alliance||Tony Leen||564||1.4||+0.0|
|Socialist Alliance||Sarah Hathway||468||1.2||+0.9|
|Total formal votes||40,255||95.2||−0.2|
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