Chris Crewther (LIB), since 2016.
South-Eastern Melbourne. Dunkley covers all of the City of Frankston and part of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. Main suburbs include Frankston, Sandhurst, Skye, Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Seaford.
Dunkley shifted north, gaining Carrum Downs, Sandhurst and Skye from Isaacs, and losing Mornington to Flinders. These changes flipped the seat from a 1.4% Liberal margin to a 1% Labor margin.
Dunkley was created in 1984 as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives. It has almost always been a marginal electorate, and swung back and forth regularly in the 1980s, although the Liberal Party managed to hold onto the seat since 1996, although often by slim margins.
The seat was first won in 1984 by Labor’s Bob Chynoweth. Chynoweth had won Flinders at the 1983 election, defeating new MP Peter Reith, who had won a by-election for the seat four months earlier. Chynoweth moved to Dunkley following the redistribution.
He held the seat in 1987 before losing to Liberal candidate Frank Ford in 1990. Chynoweth won the seat back in 1993.
A redistribution before the 1996 election saw Dunkley become a notional Liberal seat, and Chynoweth was defeated by Liberal candidate Bruce Billson. Billson held Dunkley for twenty years until his retirement in 2016, and was succeeded by Liberal candidate Chris Crewther.
- Chris Crewther (Liberal)
- Ronald Jean (United Australia)
- Peta Murphy (Labor)
- Spencer Porter (Independent)
Dunkley is a very marginal seat. The redistribution may help Labor gain the seat but the incumbent Liberal MP won’t make it easy.
|Ruth Stanfield||Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party||5,510||6.2||+6.2||5.0|
|Tyson Jack||Animal Justice||1,926||2.2||+2.2||2.9|
|Michael Rathbone||Family First||1,393||1.6||-0.4||1.3|
|Tim Wilms||Liberal Democrats||1,037||1.2||+1.2||0.9|
|Jeff Reaney||Australian Christians||677||0.8||+0.8||0.6|
|Lin Tregenza||Rise Up Australia||682||0.8||+0.2||0.6|
|Sally Baillieu||Arts Party||542||0.6||+0.6||0.5|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Dunkley 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, with 52.8% in the centre and 59.5% in the north. The Liberal Party polled 65.7% in the south.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Dunkley at the 2016 federal election
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