Electoral district of Northcote
Location of Northcote (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
|Namesake||Suburb of Northcote|
|Area||21 km2 (8.1 sq mi)|
The electoral district of Northcote (/ˈnoːθ.kət/) is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers the suburbs of Alphington, Fairfield, Northcote, Thornbury, and part of Preston. It lies on the northern bank of the Yarra River between the Merri and Darebin creeks.
The seat was created in 1927 as a replacement for Jika Jika, and has been a comfortably safe Labor seat for its entire existence. It has only been held by six members. The seat's most historically prominent member is 34th Premier John Cain (senior). Upon Cain's death in 1957, he was succeeded by Frank Wilkes, who went on to become state Labor leader from 1977 to 1981.
Former ABC newsreader Mary Delahunty was elected in a 1998 by-election. As the electorate was safe for the Labor Party, the Liberals declined to nominate a candidate. However, partly due to the presence of a One Nation candidate, the Liberals took the unusual step of campaigning for the Australian Democrats, issuing a 'How to Vote Liberal' card which advocated voting Democrat, and then Premier Jeff Kennett also wrote to voters urging them to vote Democrat.
While the law has since been changed stopping party campaigning directly for other parties, that the seat is safe for Labor has meant the Liberals have often run dead. Since the turn of the millennium, they have often been pushed into third place on the primary vote, allowing other parties, like the Greens in 2002, to become the main challengers to Labor. The Greens eventually won the seat in a 2017 by-election following the death of Labor member Fiona Richardson.
Members for Northcote
|John Cain (senior)||Labor||1927–1957|
|Liberal Democrats||Dean Rossiter||1,497||4.1||+4.1|
|Animal Justice||Nina Lenk||773||2.1||+0.4|
|Total formal votes||36,088||94.9||−0.9|
|After distribution of preferences|
|Greens gain from Labor||Swing||+11.6|