Batman Archive

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Batman by-election – read the guide

Federal Labor MP David Feeney has just announced that he will be resigning from his seat of Batman after failing to prove that he had renounced his British citizenship, and won’t be contesting the subsequent by-election.

It is expected that the race will be between five-time Greens candidate Alex Bhathal and ACTU president Ged Kearney.

You can read the Tally Room guide to this by-election here.

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Seat of the day #21: Batman

Batman is a Labor seat in the inner north of Melbourne, covering Fairfield, Northcote, Thornbury, Preston, Reservoir and Kingsbury.

Batman is a traditional Labor seat, although the Greens have been making significant inroads. Labor MP David Feeney won the seat in 2013, moving from the Senate.

The Greens have come second in Batman at the 2010 and 2013 election. The Labor margin in 2013 was 10.6%, but that was with beneficial Liberal preferences. That margin would have been entirely wiped out if the Liberal Party instead preferenced the Greens. If the Greens gain Liberal preferences in 2016, Batman will be a very close race.

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Tale of three maps: Batman, Macquarie and Richmond

Macquarie2-GRNAs a further taste of the seat guides being posted now on the Tally Room (53 and counting), I thought I’d run through another three interesting seats. Today these three seats are all seats with above-average Greens votes, but also with a wide variation in the Greens vote across the seat.

These seats are: Batman in the inner north of Melbourne, Macquarie on the north-western fringe of Sydney, and Richmond in the north-eastern corner of New South Wales.

I’d like to remind readers that comments are open on all fifty-three seat guides posted so far –¬†comments have been posted on every guide, with almost 800 comments posted so far this month. Please join in and let us know your thoughts about your local seat or another seat that you are familiar with.

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