Helen Shardey, since 1996.
Southeastern Melbourne. Caulfield covers northwestern parts of Glen Eira local government area and small parts of the City of Port Phillip to the east of St Kilda. Caulfield covers the suburb of Caulfield and parts of the suburbs of Balaclava, Elsternwick, Glenhuntly, Malvern East, Ormond, St Kilda and St Kilda East.
Caulfield was first created in 1927. In that time it has never been won by the ALP, and has always been won by conservative candidates, except one election when the seat was won by an independent socialist, in 1943.
The seat was first won in 1927 by the Liberal Party’s Frederick Forrest. He was re-elected in 1929, but died in office in October 1930.
The ensuing by-election was won by Harold Luxton. He held the seat for two terms, retiring in 1935. He was replaced in 1935 by Harold Cohen. He had been an MLC representing Melbourne South since 1929, and held Caulfield until 1943.
In 1943, Cohen was defeated by Andrew Hughes, an independent socialist candidate. Hughes only held the seat for one term, losing to the Liberal Party’s Alexander Dennett.
Dennett ran as a candidate for the Electoral Reform party in 1955, and lost his seat to the Liberal Party’s Joseph Rafferty. Rafferty moved to the seat of Caulfield in 1958, which he held until 1967, when he moved again to Glenhuntly, which he held until his retirement in 1979.
In 1958, Caulfield was won by Alexander Fraser. He had previously held the seat of Grant from 1950 until his defeat in 1952, and then Caulfield East from 1955 to 1958. Fraser held the seat until his death in 1965.
The 1965 by-election was won by Ian McLaren. He had previously held the seat of Glen Iris for one term from 1945 to 1947. After one term in Caulfield, he moved to Bennettswood in 1967 and held it until his retirement in 1979.
In 1967, Caulfield was won by Edgar Tanner, who had previously been the Liberal Member for Ripponlea since 1955. He held Caulfield until his retirement in 1976.
Charles Francis won Caulfield in 1976. The next year he was expelled from the Liberal Party after abstaining on a no-confidence motion against the Liberal government, and he lost his seat in 1979 to Ted Turner, son of the former member.
The younger Turner served as a shadow minister in the 1980s and as Government Whip in the first term of the Kennett government, retiring at the 1996 election.
Caulfield was won in 1996 by the Liberal Party’s Helen Shardey. She has served as a shadow minister since the 1999 election, and currently serves as Shadow Minister for Health.
- Eric Labonne (Family First)
- Peter Brohier (Independent)
- Daniel Sapphire (Independent)
- Phillip Walker (Greens)
- Heather Abramson (Labor)
- David Southwick (Liberal)
Caulfield is relatively safe for the Liberal Party and shouldn’t be any trouble for Southwick to win for the Liberals.
2006 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Caulfield have been divided into three areas: Elsternwickk in the south, Caulfield in the northeast, and Ripponlea in the northwest.
The Liberal Party won a large 60.9% majority in the Caulfield area, but only won a 53% majority in Elsternwick. In the smaller Ripponlea area, closer to St Kilda, the ALP polled almost 63%.
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