Robert Clark, since 1992.
Eastern Melbourne. The electorate covers the suburbs of Blackburn, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North and parts of Balwyn, Canterbury, Nunawading and Surrey Hills. Box Hill covers parts of the cities of Boroondara and Whitehorse.
Box Hill was created in 1945, and has been dominated by the Liberal Party, although it has been won by the ALP at a few elections.
The seat was first won in 1945 by the ALP’s Robert Gray. Gray had held the seat of Nunawading since a 1943 by-election. He held Box Hill for one term, losing in 1947 to George Reid of the Liberal Party.
Reid held the seat until 1952, when he lost again to Gray. Reid finally defeated Gray in 1955, and held the seat until his retirement in 1973. He served as a minister in the Liberal state government continuously from 1955 to 1973.
Morris Williams, also from the Liberal Party, won Box Hill in 1973. In 1976 he moved to the new seat of Doncaster, holding it until his retirement in 1988.
The Liberal Party’s Donald Mackinnon won Box Hill in 1973. He held the seat until 1982, when he was defeated by Margaret Ray of the ALP. Ray was re-elected in 1985 and 1988.
In 1992, a redistribution abolished the neighbouring seat of Balwyn, the sitting Liberal member for Balwyn, Robert Clark, challenged Ray in Box Hill, with the Liberals prevailing. Clark has held Box Hill ever since.
Clark served as a Parliamentary Secretary in the second term of the Kennett government and joined the Liberal frontbench after the 1999 election. Clark served as Attorney-General in the last Liberal government.
Box Hill is a marginal Liberal seat, although Labor would likely only win Box Hill if they were polling very strongly.
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2014 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Box Hill have been divided into three parts: central, east and west.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 51.7% in the centre to 61.6% in the west.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 13.3% in the centre to 16.2% in the east.
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Election results in Box Hill at the 2014 Victorian state election
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