Tony Robinson, since 1997.
Eastern Melbourne. Mitcham covers northeastern parts of the City of Whitehorse, specifically the suburbs of Blackburn and Blackburn North and parts of Forest Hill, Mitcham, Nunawading and Vermont.
Mitcham has existed since the 1967 election. It has been a marginal electorate for most of that time, alternating between the Labor Party and Liberal Party.
Mitcham was first won in 1967 by the Liberal Party’s Dorothy Goble. She held the seat until her retirement in 1976.
Mitcham was won in 1976 by George Cox, also of the Liberal Party. He held the seat for two terms, but was defeated in 1982. He later went on to hold the seat of Nunawading from 1988 to 1996.
Cox was defeated in 1982 by John Harrowfield. He served as a minister in the Kirner government from 1991 to 1992, when he lost his seat, and the government lost power.
Harrowfield was defeated in 1992 by Roger Pescott. He had previously served as Member for Bennettswood since 1985.
Pescott was re-elected in 1996, but in 1997 he resigned from Parliament, triggering a by-election. The ensuing by-election was won by the ALP’s Tony Robinson with a 16% swing.
Robinson was re-elected narrowly in 1999 with a 0.5% margin. He increased that to a 7.8% margin in 2002, before it was reduced to a 2% margin in 2006. Robinson currently serves as Minister for Gaming, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans’ Affairs.
- Barry O’Shea (Democratic Labor Party)
- Daniel Ha (Family First)
- Tony Robinson (Labor)
- Paul Elliott (Sex Party)
- Sheridan Lewis (Greens)
- Dee Ryall (Liberal)
Mitcham is a very marginal seat, and the 1997 by-election shows an electorate that can deliver large swings.
2006 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Mitcham have been divided into three areas: Blackburn in the west, Mitcham in the east and Nunawading in the centre.
The ALP won a majority in all three areas, but they won a much larger majority in the Nunawading area, while the Liberal Party won a majority amongst other votes.
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