Electoral district of Kew

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Kew District 2014.png
Location of Kew (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1927
MP Tim Smith
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Namesake Suburb of Kew
Electors 43,898 (2014)
Area 28 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Kew is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. Located in eastern Melbourne, a few kilometres from the city centre, it is centred on the suburb of Kew. It also contains parts of Balwyn and Canterbury.

The seat was created in 1927 and has been a safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors. The most notable former member is Dick Hamer, who was Premier of Victoria from 1972 until 1981. From 1927 to 1981, it was held by only three members, all of whom eventually became Deputy PremiersWilfrid Kent Hughes, Arthur Rylah and Hamer.

The current member is Tim Smith.

The seat is located almost entirely within the blue-ribbon federal Liberal seat of Kooyong.

Members for Kew[edit]

Member Party Term
  Wilfrid Kent Hughes Nationalist 1927–1931
  United Australia 1931–1945
  Liberal / LCP 1945–1949
  Arthur Rylah LCP / Liberal 1949–1971
  Dick Hamer Liberal 1971–1981
  Prue Sibree Liberal 1981–1988
  Jan Wade Liberal 1988–1999
  Andrew McIntosh Liberal 1999–2014
  Tim Smith Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Kew
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tim Smith 22,552 57.2 −3.4
Labor James Gaffey 10,448 26.5 +3.2
Greens Lynn Frankes 6,433 16.3 +1.9
Total formal votes 39,433 95.9 −0.8
Informal votes 1,691 4.1 +0.8
Turnout 41,124 93.7 +1.1
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Tim Smith 23,899 60.6 −5.0
Labor James Gaffey 15,510 39.4 +5.0
Liberal hold Swing −5.0

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