Northern Metropolitan – Victoria 2014

Incumbent MLCs

  • Greg Barber (Greens), since 2006.
  • Nazih Elasmar (Labor), since 2006.
  • Matthew Guy (Liberal), since 2006.
  • Jenny Mikakos (Labor), since 2006. Previously MLC for Jika Jika 1999-2006.
  • Craig Ondarchie (Liberal), since 2010.

Geography

ElectorateMarginElectorateMarginElectorateMargin
Broadmeadows ALP 20.0% Mill Park ALP 16.9% Richmond ALP 6.4% vs GRN
Brunswick ALP 3.6% vs GRN Northcote ALP 10.3% vs GRN Thomastown ALP 21.6%
Bundoora ALP 10.9% Pascoe Vale ALP 18.5% Yuroke ALP 16.0%
Melbourne ALP 4.7% vs GRN Preston ALP 20.2%

Northmetro-LCNorthern Metropolitan covers the Melbourne CBD and areas to the north of Melbourne, with the southern boundary following the Yarra River.

All eleven seats in this region are held by the ALP.

There is a cluster of four seats at the southern end of the region where the Greens are the main rival to the ALP, and are the only seats in the state where the Greens candidate was one of the top two candidates. In these seats, the Labor margin against the Greens ranges from 3.6% in Brunswick to 10.3% in Northcote.

Further north, there is a large cluster of very safe Labor seats, ranging from 10.9% in Bundoora to 21.6% in Thomastown.

Redistribution
Northern Metropolitan shifted west, with two electorates moving to other regions.

The abolition of seats in the Northern Victoria and Eastern Metropolitan region forced those regions to take in territory previously in Northern Metropolitan. The seat of Yan Yean was transferred to Northern Victoria, and the seat of Ivanhoe was transferred to Eastern Metropolitan. Yan Yean also underwent significant changes in boundary – which flipped the seat from a Labor seat with a 4.1% margin to a Liberal seat with a 0.1% margin.

To make up for the loss of Yan Yean and Ivanhoe, this region gained Pascoe Vale and Yuroke from Western Metropolitan region.

With the exception of Yan Yean, most electorates underwent relatively mild changes.

These changes increased the Labor vote in the region by 2.82%, while cutting the Liberal vote by 2.5% and cutting the Greens vote by 0.47%.

History
The Northern Metropolitan region was created in 2006, when proportional representation was introduced.

At the first election in 2006, Labor won three seats, while the Liberal Party and the Greens win one seat each. In 2010, the Liberal Party won a second seat off Labor.

Four out of the five seats in this region have been held by the same person since 2006. The fifth seat has been held by three different members. Labor MLC Theo Theophanous held a seat in Northern Metropolitan from 2006 until 2010, when he resigned before the election. That seat was briefly held by Labor MLC Nathan Murphy, but he was defeated at the 2010 election by the Liberal Party’s Craig Ondarchie.

2010 result

2010 electionRedistribution
PartyVotes%Quota%Quota
Labor Party 165,25941.942.51644.762.686
Liberal Party 106,90527.131.62824.631.478
The Greens 75,64819.201.15218.731.124
Sex Party14,2903.630.2183.850.231
Democratic Labor Party10,6552.700.1622.940.176
Family First9,1322.320.1392.560.154
Others12,1463.080.1852.530.152

The first two Labor candidates, as well as the first Liberal and Greens candidates, were all elected on primary votes.

After the election of the first four candidates, and the exclusion of minor candidates, this is how the count looked:

  • Craig Ondarchie (LIB) – 0.625 quotas
  • Nathan Murphy (ALP) – 0.510
  • Fiona Patten (SEX) – 0.252
  • John Kavanagh (DLP) – 0.162
  • Alex Bhathal (GRN) – 0.153
  • Andrew Conlon (FF) – 0.140
  • Stephen Mayne (IND) – 0.091
  • Vickie Janson (CDP) – 0.059

CDP preferences flowed to the DLP, and Mayne preferences split between the Greens and the Sex Party.

  • Ondarchie (LIB) – 0.629
  • Murphy (ALP) – 0.515
  • Patten (SEX) – 0.289
  • Kavanagh (DLP) – 0.212
  • Bhathal (GRN) – 0.193
  • Conlon (FF) – 0.149

Family First was excluded, and their preferences flowed to the DLP.

  • Ondarchie (LIB) – 0.632
  • Murphy (ALP) – 0.515
  • Kavanagh (DLP) – 0.345
  • Patten (SEX) – 0.291
  • Bhathal (GRN) – 0.195

Most Greens preferences flowed to the Sex Party, with some flowing to Labor.

  • Ondarchie (LIB) – 0.635
  • Murphy (ALP) – 0.534
  • Patten (SEX) – 0.410
  • Kavanagh (DLP) – 0.374

The DLP’s preferences flowed almost all to the Liberal Party, and brought Ondarchie close to breaking quota.

  • Ondarchie (LIB) – 0.963
  • Murphy (ALP) – 0.538
  • Patten (SEX) – 0.439

The Sex Party’s preferences mostly flowed to Labor, but a small amount flowed to the Liberal Party and pushed Ondarchie over quota. The Sex Party preferences were not completely distributed.

  • Ondarchie (LIB) – 1.003
  • Murphy (ALP) – 0.811
  • Patten (SEX) – 0.105

Candidates
Sitting Liberal MLC Matthew Guy is running for the seat of Bulleen.

  • A – Kris Schroeder – Basics Rock’n’Roll
  • B – Christos Tzelepis – Shooters and Fishers
  • C – Liberal
    1. Craig Ondarchie
    2. Gladys Liu
    3. Amandeep Rosha
    4. David Mulholland
    5. Susan Turner
  • D – Nik Dow – Cyclists Party
  • E – Maria Bengtsson – Australian Christians
  • F – Michael Mastrantuono – Rise Up Australia
  • G – Bruce Poon – Animal Justice
  • H – Brendan Fenn – Family First
  • I – Michael Murphy – Democratic Labour
  • J – Nathan Purcell – Vote 1 Local Jobs
  • K – Domenic Greco – Country Alliance
  • L – David Limbrick – Liberal Democrats
  • M – Greens
    1. Greg Barber
    2. Alex Bhathal
    3. Alison Parkes
    4. Anthony Williams
    5. Gurm Sekhon
  • N – Peter Allan
  • O – Maria Rigoni – Palmer United Party
  • P – Marc Florio – People Power
  • Q – Phil Cleary – Voice for the West
  • R – Bertha Franklin – Voluntary Euthanasia
  • S – Fiona Patten- Sex Party
  • T – Labor
    1. Jenny Mikakos
    2. Nazih Elasmar
    3. Burhan Yigit
    4. Martin Appleby
  • Ungrouped
    • Tiffany Harrison
    • Darren Bain

Preferences

Assessment
The Northern Metropolitan region is a strong area for both Labor and the Greens. The region is the strongest region in Victoria for the Greens, and the second-best region for Labor.

The Liberal Party only narrowly won their second seat, and if the Liberal vote drops it wouldn’t be hard for the Liberal Party to lose the seat, and for a fourth centre-left candidate to win.

The Greens vote is high enough to win a single seat, but the party will need to win a much higher vote to have a chance of winning a second seat in North Metro.

If the left wins a fourth seat, it is most likely that Labor will win, but it is not inconceivable that the Sex Party could win. The Sex Party benefited from a strong flow of preferences, and came within 1/10th of a quota of overtaking Labor. If the Sex Party could overtake the third Labor candidate, they could win the seat on strong preferences.

4 COMMENTS

  1. At the redistribution, the Liberals fought desperately to prevent Ivanhoe and Yan Yean (the only two seats in this Region where they drew strong support) being removed. It really does make it difficult for them to retain their second seat; there’s nowhere in this Region now where they pull a decent vote.

    It might even be better for them to do poorly and have their preferences distributed before FF and DLP. That would give a chance to “the Right” even if it’s not the Liberals themselves.

  2. Voice for the West running for Northern Metro? Hard to see how that could get much traction. I’m surprised Cleary would want to add his name to the Vernmobile…

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