Electoral district of Gembrook

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Gembrook District 2014.png
Location of Gembrook (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Created 2002
MP Brad Battin
Party Liberal Party
Electors 42,239 (2014)
Area 452 km2 (174.5 sq mi)
Demographic Mixed rural and urban fringe

The Electoral district of Gembrook is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It is situated on the edge of metropolitan Melbourne. Included within its boundaries are Emerald, Cockatoo, Gembrook, Beaconsfield, and sizeable parts of Berwick and Pakenham. The district formerly extended north to Yarra Valley communities such as Warburton and Launching Place prior to the seat's redistribution at the 2014 election.

The electorate was created in 2002, replacing the abolished electorate of Pakenham, which had its namesake moved into Bass. It was widely considered to be a safe Liberal seat, and was to be contested by Shadow Treasurer Robert Dean, formerly the member for abolished Berwick. However, in a heavily publicised gaffe, it was discovered during the campaign that Dean was ineligible to stand as a candidate because he had not updated his enrolment after moving to his new electorate, and was therefore no longer a registered voter.[1] He was quickly replaced with Neil Lucas, the MLC for the corresponding upper house seat of Eumemmerring Province. In an upset result widely attributed to the Dean affair, Lucas was defeated by Labor candidate Tammy Lobato. Lobato was narrowly re-elected at the 2006 election, but was defeated at the 2010 election by Brad Battin.

Members for Gembrook[edit]

Member Party Term
  Tammy Lobato Labor 2002–2010
  Brad Battin Liberal 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Gembrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Brad Battin 20,646 54.7 +1.2
Labor Collin Ross 11,568 30.6 −2.3
Greens Michael Schilling 3,197 8.5 +0.3
Christians Simon Beard 659 1.7 +1.7
Independent Damian Heffernan 519 1.4 +1.4
Country Alliance Alan Stoops 518 1.4 −0.0
Rise Up Australia Ferdie Verdan 406 1.1 +1.1
Independent Frank Dean 248 0.7 +0.3
Total formal votes 37,761 94.7 −0.0
Informal votes 2,106 5.3 +0.0
Turnout 39,867 94.4 +7.9
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Brad Battin 22,324 59.0 +0.2
Labor Collin Ross 15,545 41.0 −0.2
Liberal hold Swing +0.2


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