Electoral district of Monbulk
Location of Monbulk (dark green) in Victoria
|Area||265 km2 (102.3 sq mi)|
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
|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|
|Country Alliance||Craig Jenkin||293||0.8||−0.2|
|Total formal votes||37,548||94.8||−0.7|
|Labor gain from Liberal||Swing||+6.1|
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