Paul Edbrooke, since 2014.
South-eastern Melbourne. The electorate covers the suburbs of Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South and Karingal, all within the City of Frankston.
A seat with the name “Frankston” has existed twice: from 1967 to 1985, and again since 1992.
The seat was first won in 1967 by Liberal minister Edward Meagher, who had served as Member for Mentone from 1955 to 1967. He served as a minister in the Liberal state government from 1961 until 1973. Meagher retired from Frankston in 1976.
Frankston was won in 1976 by Graeme Weideman. He served as a minister in the Liberal state government from 1981 to 1982, when he lost Frankston, and the Liberal government lost power.
Frankston was won by the ALP’s Jane Hill. In 1985, Frankston was abolished and replaced by Frankston North and Frankston South. Hill moved to the seat of Frankston North, and Weideman returned to Parliament as the Liberal Member for Frankston South.
In 1992, the two seats were redrawn again, being replaced by Frankston and Frankston East. Hill contested the marginal seat of Frankston East unsuccessfully, while Weideman won Frankston, which was a relatively safe Liberal seat.
Weideman retired in 1996, and was succeeded by Andrea McCall, also from the Liberal Party. McCall was re-elected in 1999.
Shortly after the 1999 Victorian state election, the Frankston East by-election was won by the ALP, bringing Labor into power. Prior to the 2002 election, Frankston East was abolished in a by-election, which brought strong Labor areas into the seat of Frankston.
At the 2002 election, McCall lost the redrawn Frankston to the ALP’s Alistair Harkness. Harkness was re-elected in 2006.
In 2010, Harkness was defeated by Liberal candidate Geoff Shaw.
Shaw has been a very controversial MP during his first term in Parliament. In 2012, he was accused of using his parliamentary vehicle as part of his business. In March 2013, Shaw resigned from the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party held a slim 45-43 majority in the Assembly, so Shaw’s resignation put him in the balance of power. The last eighteen months saw Shaw demand concessions from the government, and come into conflict with the Speaker at the time, which resulted in the Speaker resigning. He was charged with a number of offences in late 2013, which were later dropped.
Shaw ran as an independent in Frankston in 2014, and came a distant third. Labor’s Paul Edbrooke was elected.
- Henry Kelsall (Independent)
- Lachlan O’Connell (Derryn Hinch’s Justice)
- Colin Lane (Greens)
- Michael Long (Democratic Labour)
- Michael Lamb (Liberal)
- James Persson (Animal Justice)
- Jyothi Rudra (Transport Matters)
- Paul Edbrooke (Labor)
Frankston is Labor’s most marginal seat. The Liberal Party would’ve been weakened by the Geoff Shaw affair in 2014, so could rebound in 2018, although Labor would likely benefit from incumbency.
|Jamie Miller||Sex Party||972||2.8||+0.5|
|Paul Mason||Family First||415||1.2||-0.4|
|Anthony Wallace||Australian Christians||308||0.9||+0.9|
|Lin Tregenza||Rise Up Australia||212||0.6||+0.6|
|Alan Nicholls||People Power/No Smart Meters||158||0.5||+0.5|
|Mervyn K. Vogt||Independent||125||0.4||+0.4|
2014 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Frankston have been divided into three parts: central, north and south.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in two out of three areas, polling 56.8% in the north-west and 58.7% in the north-east. The Liberal Party polled 51.9% in the south, while also winning a majority of the special vote.
Independent candidate Geoff Shaw polled a primary vote ranging from 11.4% in the south to 16.1% in the north-east.
|Voter group||IND prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Frankston at the 2014 Victorian state election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and primary votes for independent candidate Geoff Shaw.