Kevin Andrews, since 1991.
Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Menzies covers the entirety of Manningham council area as well as a small part of Maroondah council area and southern parts of the Nillumbik council area. Suburbs include Bulleen, Doncaster, Donvale, Eltham, Park Orchards, Templestowe and Warrandyte.
The eastern end of Menzies shifted north, losing Croydon Hills and Croydon North to Deakin. The seat jumped to the north side of the Yarra, taking in Eltham, Research, North Warrandyte and Kangaroo Ground from Jagajaga. These changes reduced the Liberal margin from 10.6% to 7.8%.
Menzies was created as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives at the 1984 election. It has always been held by the Liberal Party for its short history.
The seat was first won in 1984 by Liberal candidate Neil Brown. Brown had previously held the marginal seat of Diamond Valley on two occasions, holding it from 1969 to 1972 and 1975 to 1983. He had served as a minister in the Fraser government from 1981 to 1983. Brown was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 1985 to 1987, and retired in 1991.
The Menzies by-election in 1991 was easily won by Liberal candidate Kevin Andrews, with no Labor candidate standing. Andrews was a strongly conservative backbencher, and pushed through a private members’ bill in 1996 overturning the Northern Territory’s euthanasia laws. Andrews has been re-elected nine times.
Andrews was appointed as a junior minister in 2001 and was promoted to Cabinet in 2003. He was originally responsible for implementing the Workchoices policy after the 2004 election, and then served as Minister for Immigration.
Andrews moved to the backbench after the 2007 election, but returned to the frontbench after Tony Abbott was elected leader in late 2009. He served as a minister in the Abbott government, but was sacked after Malcolm Turnbull replaced Abbott as Prime Minister in 2015.
Menzies is a reasonably safe seat, but has become significantly less so after the recent redistribution.
|David Clark||Family First||2,842||3.3||+1.1||3.0|
|Antony John Hulbert||Animal Justice||2,327||2.7||+2.7||2.6|
|Jay Franklin||Voluntary Euthanasia Party||973||1.1||+1.1||0.9|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Menzies have been divided into four parts: central, east, north and west. “North” covers those booths north of the Yarra.
The Liberal Party won a majority in three areas, ranging from 54.5% in the west to 62% in the east. Labor polled 51.6% in the north.
The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 8% in the centre to 17.8% in the north.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Menzies at the 2016 federal election
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