Electoral district of South-West Coast

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South-West Coast
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC South-West Coast District 2014.png
Location of South-West Coast (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Created 2002
MP Roma Britnell
Party Liberal
Electors 45,331 (2015)
Area 5,829 km2 (2,250.6 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Electoral district of South-West Coast is an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It was created prior to the 2002 election in order to replace the abolished seats of Portland and Warrnambool.

The seat is dominated by the town of Warrnambool, but also includes Portland, Port Fairy, Koroit, Heywood and Macarthur.

South-West Coast is located in ancestrally Liberal territory, and was thus a natural choice for Portland's former member, Denis Napthine, to transfer for the 2002 election. He barely held onto his seat in the Labor landslide of that year, seeing his margin reduced to only 0.7 percent. However, it has reverted to its previous form as a safe Liberal seat. Napthine subsequently served as Premier of Victoria from 2013 to 2014. Following his government's election loss to Labor in November 2014, Napthine resigned from parliament on 3 September 2015. Roma Britnell retained the seat for the Liberals at the ensuing by-election on 31 October.

Members for South-West Coast[edit]

Member Party Term
  Denis Napthine Liberal 2002–2015
  Roma Britnell Liberal 2015–present

Election results[edit]

South-West Coast state by-election, 2015[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Roma Britnell 15,442 40.0 −17.0
Independent Roy Reekie 6,501 16.8 +16.8
National Michael Neoh 5,560 14.4 +14.4
Country Jim Doukas 3,996 10.4 +8.0
Greens Thomas Campbell 2,925 7.6 −2.2
Independent Swampy Marsh 1,131 2.9 +2.9
Independent Pete Smith 693 1.8 +1.8
Independent Rodney Van de Hoef 673 1.7 +1.7
Independent Michael McCluskey 612 1.6 −0.0
Christians Lillian Len 578 1.5 +1.5
Animal Justice Jennifer Gamble 487 1.3 +1.3
Total formal votes 38,598 93.8 −2.2
Informal votes 2,573 6.2 +2.2
Turnout 41,171 90.8 (−4.1)
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Roma Britnell 23,381 60.6 −0.4
Independent Roy Reekie 15,217 39.4 +39.4
Liberal hold Swing −0.4
Victorian state election, 2014: South-West Coast[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Denis Napthine 23,234 57.0 +7.7
Labor Roy Reekie 11,507 28.2 +3.6
Greens Thomas Campbell 3,993 9.8 +1.6
Country Alliance Steven Moore 945 2.3 −1.2
Independent Michael McCluskey 654 1.6 +1.6
Independent Linda K. Smith 449 1.1 +1.1
Total formal votes 40,782 96.0 −0.0
Informal votes 1,715 4.0 +0.0
Turnout 42,497 94.9 +1.8
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Denis Napthine 24,914 61.0 −0.9
Labor Roy Reekie 15,947 39.0 +0.9
Liberal hold Swing −0.9

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