Geoff Howard, since 2014. Previously member for Ballarat East 1999-2014.
Western Victoria. Buninyong covers southeastern parts of the City of Ballarat, most of Moorabool Shire and northern parts of Golden Plains Shire. In addition to Ballarat, the electorate covers Buninyong, Ballan, Haddon, Meredith and Mount Clear.
Buninyong was a new name for Ballarat East, with the name changed at the 2014 election.
Ballarat East first existed as a Victorian Legislative Assembly district from 1859 until 1927. It elected two members from 1859 until 1889, when it became a single-member district. The single member district was held by Liberal and Nationalist members from 1889 until 1924, when it was won by the ALP. The seat was abolished in 1927.
Ballarat East was recreated in 1992, and won by the Liberal Party’s Barry Traynor. He won with a slim 1.6% margin in 1992, which was cut to 1% in 1996, before he lost to the ALP’s Geoff Howard in 1999.
Howard increased his margin to 7.6% in 2002 before it was cut to 6.6% in 2006, and cut further to 1.5% in 2010. Howard was re-elected with an increased margin to the renamed seat of Buninyong in 2014.
Sitting Labor MP Geoff Howard is not running for re-election.
- Michaela Settle (Labor)
- Linda Zibell (Greens)
- Andrew Kilmartin (Liberal)
- Lindsay Watters (Independent)
- Jane McKendrick (Socialists)
- Dianne Colbert (Independent)
- Wendy Morrison (Animal Justice)
- Brendan Eckel (Independent)
Buninyong is a reasonably safe seat and would only come into play if the Liberal Party did particularly well.
|Keith Geyer||Family First||950||2.6||-0.7|
|James Donovan Keays||Country Alliance||622||1.7||+0.6|
2014 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Buninyong have been divided into four areas. Polling places in the City of Ballarat have been grouped together – a majority of ordinary votes were cast in this area.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 50.9% in the north-east to 59.3% in Ballarat.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 8.8% in the north-east to 12.7% in Ballarat.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Buninyong at the 2014 Victorian state election
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