ALP vs GRN 3.6%
Carlo Carli, since 2002. Previously Member for Coburg 1994-2002.
Inner north of Melbourne. Brunswick covers the southern parts of Moreland council, and a small northwestern corner of Yarra council. Brunswick covers the suburbs of Brunswick, Coonans Hill, Moreland and parts of Coburg and Fitzroy North.
There has been a state electorate of Brunswick at three different periods in Victorian history. The seat first existed from 1904 to 1955, when it was won at every election by the ALP, before sitting member Peter Randles was expelled from the ALP in 1955 as part of the DLP split.
The seat was re-created in 1976. It was won by the ALP’s Tom Roper, who had previously held the seat of Brunswick West since 1973. Roper served as a minister in the Labor government from 1982 to 1992. At the 1992 election, the Labor government was defeated, and Roper moved to the new seat of Coburg, with Brunswick being abolished. He resigned in 1994, and succeeded in Coburg by the ALP’s Carlo Carli.
In 2002, Coburg was again replaced by the seat of Brunswick, and Carli moved to the new seat. He was re-elected to the seat in 2006.
- Amy Mulcahy (Sex Party)
- Cyndi Dawes (Greens)
- Jane Garrett (Labor)
- Kyle Dadleh (Liberal)
- Bill Cawte (Independent)
- Trent Hawkins (Socialist Alliance)
- Phil Cleary (Independent)
Brunswick is certainly vulnerable to the Greens at this year’s election. This vulnerability has certainly been lessened by the Liberal decision to preference the ALP over the Greens. Even still, Brunswick remains a possibility for the Greens.
When looking at the federal election figures in neighbouring Melbourne and Richmond you see a very close contest even without Liberal preferences. Brunswick was not part of a federal target seat for the Greens, but it has been targeted heavily during the state campaign.
When you consider Cleary’s independent candidacy and the retirement of the sitting member, you have to say that the Greens have a shot at winning Brunswick.
2006 two-candidate-preferred result
There are seventeen regular polling booths in Brunswick. The ALP won a large majority in the north of the seat, winning almost 59%. They won a smaller 53% majority in the western part of the seat, which makes the largest part of the electorate. The Greens won a majority of 50.4% in the southeastern corner of the seat.
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Note: total numbers of votes cast in primary vote figures and two-candidate-preferred figures do not always equal the same numbers. “Total votes” here is based on the two-candidate-preferred figure, but the primary vote figures are calculated from a slightly different total. Victorian Electoral Commission figures do not always match exactly.