Electoral district of Thomastown

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Thomastown District 2014.png
Location of Thomastown (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Created 1985
MP Bronwyn Halfpenny
Party Labor Party
Electors 39,826 (2014)
Area 103 km2 (39.8 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Thomastown is an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[1] It currently includes the suburbs of Fawkner and Reservoir and has been in existence since 1985.

The seat is extremely safe for the Labor Party. At the 2002 election, Labor frontbencher Peter Batchelor won the seat with over 80% of the two-party-preferred vote, making Thomastown the safest seat in the state.

The seat's first member, Beth Gleeson, died whilst in office in December 1989. The resulting February 1990 by-election, held when support for Labor had plummeted as a result of an economic crisis, was nearly won by the Australian Democrats.

Members for Thomastown[edit]

Member Party Term
  Beth Gleeson Labor 1985–1989
  Peter Batchelor Labor 1990–2010
  Bronwyn Halfpenny Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Thomastown[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Bronwyn Halfpenny 22,786 66.7 +3.4
Liberal Nitin Gursahani 5,801 17.0 −6.1
Family First Trent Schneider-Johnson 2,047 6.0 +1.3
Greens Ian Williamson 1,775 5.2 −3.2
Independent Thomas Di Palma 1,753 5.1 +5.1
Total formal votes 34,162 93.0 +0.3
Informal votes 2,584 7.0 −0.3
Turnout 36,746 92.3 −1.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Bronwyn Halfpenny 26,611 78.4 +6.8
Liberal Nitin Gursahani 7,317 21.6 −6.8
Labor hold Swing +6.8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ State Election 2014: Thomastown District, VEC.

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