Russell Broadbent, member for McMillan since 2004. Previously member for Corinella 1990-1993, member for McMillan 1996-1998.
South-eastern Victoria. McMillan covers parts of Victoria stretching from the south-eastern fringe of Melbourne to the Latrobe Valley. The seat stretches from Western Port in the west to Moe in the east, and stretches down to the coast. McMillan covers the entirety of Bass Coast and South Gippsland council areas, most of Baw Baw council area and parts of Cardinia and Latrobe council areas. The seat covers the towns of Warragul, Moe, Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Foster.
Monash is a new name for the seat of McMillan. The seat expanded to take in the eastern shore of Western Port from Flinders, while Pakenham was transferred from McMillan to La Trobe. Monash also lost Yallourn North to Gippsland. These changes increased the Liberal margin from 6% to 7.5%.
McMillan was first created in 1949. The seat has mostly been held by conservative parties, although since the 1980s the ALP has won the seat on a number of occasions.
The seat was first won by Geoffrey Brown of the Liberal Party in 1949. Brown won a three-cornered contest on Country Party preferences. The Country Party occasionally would contest the seat throughout the 1950s and 1960s, but never managed to overtake the Liberal Party. Brown was reelected in 1951 and 1954 but died in 1955 before the election.
The seat was won at the 1955 election by Alexander Buchanan, also a Liberal. Buchanan held the seat for seventeen years without taking ministerial office before losing the Liberal Party’s endorsement in 1972.
Buchanan stood as an independent in 1972, and preferences from the DLP and Buchanan allowed Country Party candidate Arthur Hewson to leapfrog the official Liberal candidate and defeat the ALP candidate on Liberal preferences.
Hewson was reelected in a fierce contest in 1974, when the Liberals stood Ronald Dent against him despite a coalition agreement, and Hewson narrowly defeated Dent on primary votes before overtaking the ALP on preferences.
Hewson was defeated by Liberal candidate Barry Simon in 1975, and the Nationals never came close to winning McMillan again. Simon held the seat until 1980, when the ALP’s Barry Cunningham won it.
Cunningham held the seat throughout the 1980s, losing to John Riggall (LIB) in 1990. Riggall was defeated by Cunningham in 1993, and Cunningham was defeated by Russell Broadbent in 1996.
Broadbent had previously held the neighbouring seat of Corinella for one term from 1990 to 1993, and Corinella had been abolished at the 1996 election.
Broadbent was again defeated in 1998 by Christian Zahra, a 25-year-old ALP candidate. Zahra was made a shadow Parliamentary Secretary after the 2001 election, and was considered to have a promising career, before losing to Broadbent in 2004.
Broadbent managed to win re-election in 2007 after developing a reputation for rebelling against the Howard government’s immigration policies, and won again in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Monash is a reasonably safe Liberal seat.
|Nathan Harding||Family First||3,418||3.4||+1.4||2.7|
|Jennifer Mcadam||Animal Justice||3,022||3.0||+3.0||3.0|
|Norman Baker||Rise Up Australia||2,786||2.8||+2.1||2.8|
|Jim Mcdonald||Liberal Democrats||2,289||2.3||+2.3||1.8|
|Kathleen Ipsen||Australian Christians||1,761||1.7||+1.7||1.4|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas, which reflect local government boundaries.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in four out of five areas, ranging from 50.6% in Bass Coast to 66.2% in Cardinia. Labor polled 63.1% in Latrobe.
The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 5.3% in Cardinia to 14.3% in Bass Coast.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Monash at the 2016 federal election
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