Electoral district of Monbulk

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Monbulk District 2014.png
Location of Monbulk (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Created 1967
MP James Merlino
Party Labor Party
Electors 41,906 (2014)
Area 265 km2 (102.3 sq mi)
Demographic Outer metropolitan

The Electoral district of Monbulk is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It is situated in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne. It includes the towns of Monbulk, Olinda and Silvan as well as some outer suburbs such as Belgrave and Tecoma.

The Puffing Billy Railway forms part of the boundary of the electorate, other tourist attractions within the electorate include Mount Dandenong and the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and the Silvan Reservoir.

For its first three decades, it was a bellwether seat held by the party of government. It was held by the Liberals from 1967 to 1982 before falling to Labor in the landslide that brought John Cain to power. The Liberals won it back in 1992 as Jeff Kennett won government. While they held onto it in 1999 when Kennett was defeated by Steve Bracks, current Labor member James Merlino won it in 2002 and has held it since. It appears to be trending toward Labor in recent years; Merlino held onto it in 2010 even as Labor lost government, and retained it on a healthy swing in 2014 when a redistribution made it notionally Liberal. Merlino is now Deputy Premier of Victoria.

Members for Monbulk[edit]

Member Party Term
  Bill Borthwick Liberal 1967–1982
  Neil Pope Labor 1982–1992
  Steve McArthur Liberal 1992–2002
  James Merlino Labor 2002–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Monbulk[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Mark Verschuur 15,063 40.1 −4.6
Labor James Merlino 14,096 37.5 +3.4
Greens Michael Clarke 5,029 13.4 −1.6
Animal Justice Jennifer McAdam 1,079 2.9 +2.9
Family First Amelia Mason 786 2.1 −0.0
Democratic Labour Ron Prendergast 433 1.2 −0.4
Rise Up Australia Ana Rojas 427 1.1 +1.1
Independent Jordan Crook 342 0.9 +0.9
Country Alliance Craig Jenkin 293 0.8 −0.2
Total formal votes 37,548 94.8 −0.7
Informal votes 2,044 5.2 +0.7
Turnout 39,592 94.5 −1.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor James Merlino 20,643 55.0 +6.1
Liberal Mark Verschuur 16,905 45.0 −6.1
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +6.1


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