Martin Foley, since 2007.
Southern Melbourne. Albert Park covers those parts of the City of Melbourne south of the Yarra River, and a majority of the City of Port Phillip. Albert Park covers the suburbs of Albert Park, Middle Park, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne and parts of St Kilda.
The electoral district of Albert Park has existed since the 1889 election. The seat has been dominated by the ALP for most of the 20th century, who have held the seat continuously since 1950.
The ALP first won the seat in 1902. George Elmslie held the seat until 1918, serving as the first Labor Premier in Victoria for thirteen days in December 1913. The ALP continued to hold the seat except for the 1927-9 period and the period from 1932 to 1945.
In 1945, Albert Park was won by the ALP’s Frank Crean, who lost the seat in 1947 to the Liberal Party’s Roy Schilling. Crean returned to the Victorian parliament at the 1949 Prahran by-election, but moved to federal politics in 1951 and went on to serve as a senior minister in the Whitlam government.
Schilling held the seat for one term, losing to the ALP’s Keith Sutton in 1950. Sutton held the seat until his retirement in 1970.
In 1970, Albert Park was won by the ALP’s Val Doube. He had previously held the seat of Oakleigh from 1950 to 1961, when he was defeated. He held Albert Park from 1970 to 1979.
In 1979, Albert Park was won by the ALP’s Bunna Walsh. He held the seat until the 1992 election, when he attempted to win the overlapping Monash province for the Legislative Council. He had also served as a member for the Legislative Council seat of Melbourne West for two months in 1970 before the election was declared void.
In 1992, John Thwaites, Mayor of South Melbourne, was elected to Albert Park for the ALP. Thwaites became Deputy Leader of the Victorian ALP in 1996. He became Deputy Premier in 1999 following the election of the Bracks government. Thwaites resigned in 2007 following the retirement of Steve Bracks, and by-elections were held in Albert Park and Bracks’ electorate of Williamstown in September 2007.
The 2007 by-election was won by the ALP’s Martin Foley, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
- Tamasin Ramsay (Animal Justice)
- Andrew Bond (Liberal)
- Jarryd Bartle (Reason)
- Steven Armstrong (Sustainable Australia)
- Joseph Toscano (Independent)
- Ogy Simic (Greens)
- Martin Foley (Labor)
Albert Park is a marginal Labor seat. Labor will likely win, but that is far from guaranteed.
|James Hurley||Sex Party||1,263||3.5||-0.1|
|Deborah Geyer||Family First||273||0.7||0.0|
2014 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Albert Park have been split into three areas: Central, South and West.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 51.9% in the centre to 67.8% in the south.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 10.3% in the west to 25.4% in the south.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Albert Park at the 2014 Victorian state election
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