Elizabeth Miller, since 2010.
Southern Melbourne. Bentleigh covers the suburbs of Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Brighton East, McKibbin and Moorabbin. Most of the electorate is contained in southern parts of the City of Glen Eira, as well as small parts of the Bayside and Kingston council areas.
Bentleigh lost a small areas in the north-eastern corner of the electorate to Clarinda, and gained parts of Moorabbin and Brighton East in the south-western corner of the electorate from Brighton. These changes increased the Liberal margin from 0.6% to 0.9%.
Bentleigh was first created prior to the 1967 election. In thirteen elections, Bentleigh has been won by the party that formed government eleven times.
Bentleigh was first won in 1967 by the Liberal Party’s Bob Suggett, who had previously held the seat of Moorabbin since 1955. He held the seat until his defeat in 1979 by the ALP’s Gordon Hockley.
Hockley was re-elected in 1982 and 1985, and retired in 1988, when he was succeeded by the ALP’s Ann Barker.
Barker held the seat for only one term, losing Bentleigh in 1992 to the Liberal Party’s Inga Peulich. Peulich held Bentleigh for three terms, losing her seat in 2002. She later won a Legislative Council seat in the South Eastern Metropolitan region in 2006.
Bentleigh was won in 2002 by the ALP’s Rob Hudson, who had previously been an advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe and Premier Steve Bracks.
Hudson was re-elected in 2006, and lost his seat in 2010 to Liberal candidate Elizabeth Miller.
- Sean Mulcahy (Greens)
- Sophie Telemzouguer (People Power)
- David Clark (Family First)
- Ross McCawley (Sex Party)
- Nick Staikos (Labor)
- Chandra Ojha (Independent)
- Kelley Moldovan (Rise Up Australia)
- Elizabeth Miller (Liberal)
Bentleigh is a very marginal electorate. The Liberal Party should benefit from a new personal vote for Elizabeth Miller, but if there is a significant swing to the Labor Party she will find it hard to hold on.
2010 election result
|Julian Coutts||Democratic Labor||524||1.51||+1.51||1.29|
|Lex Graber||Family First||364||1.05||-1.67||0.97|
2010 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Bentleigh have been divided into three parts: North, South-East and South-West.
The Liberal Party won slim majorities in the north (50.6%) and the south-west (51.5%), while Labor won a 51.8% majority in the south-east.
The Greens came third, with a vote ranging from 9.4% in the south-east to 12.5% in the south-west.
|Voter group||GRN %||LIB 2PP %||Total||% of votes|