Kevin Andrews, since 1991.
Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Menzies covers the entirety of Manningham council area as well as a northern part of Maroondah council area. Suburbs include Bulleen, Croydon Hills, Doncaster, Donvale, Park Orchards, Templestowe and Warrandyte.
Menzies south-eastern boundary changed slightly. Menzies gained Croydon Hills and Croydon North from Casey, and lost a small area to Deakin.
Menzies was created as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives at the 1984 election. It has always been held by the Liberal Party for its short history.
The seat was first won in 1984 by Liberal candidate Neil Brown. Brown had previously held the marginal seat of Diamond Valley on two occasions, holding it from 1969 to 1972 and 1975 to 1983. He had served as a minister in the Fraser government from 1981 to 1983. Brown was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 1985 to 1987, and retired in 1991.
The Menzies by-election in 1991 was easily won by Liberal candidate Kevin Andrews, with no Labor candidate standing. Andrews was a strongly conservative backbencher, and pushed through a private members’ bill in 1996 overturning the Northern Territory’s euthanasia laws.
Andrews was appointed as a junior minister in 2001 and was promoted to Cabinet in 2003. He was originally responsible for implementing the Workchoices policy after the 2004 election, and then served as Minister for Immigration.
Andrews moved to the backbench after the 2007 election, but returned to the spotlight in late 2009 in opposition to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership, and was appointed to the shadow cabinet by Tony Abbott in late 2009.
- Kevin Andrews (Liberal)
- Richard Cranston (Greens)
- Manoj Kumar (Labor)
- Agostino Guardiani (Palmer United Party)
- Ramon Robinson (Independent)
- Phillip Baker (Rise Up Australia)
- Andrew Conlon (Family First)
Menzies is a reasonably safe Liberal seat, and will be safely retained in 2013.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas: east, central and west.
The Liberal Party won a majority in all three areas, varying from 55.9% in the west to 59.5% in the east. The Greens vote varied from 9.3% in the centre to 11.4% in the east.
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