Bundoora – Victoria 2014

ALP 10.9%

Incumbent MP
Colin Brooks, since 2006.

Geography
Northern Melbourne. Bundoora covers parts of Banyule, Darebin and Whittlesea councils, and the suburbs of Bundoora, Kingsbury and Watsonia and parts of Greensborough, Macleod, Mill Park and Yallambie.

Map of Bundoora's 2010 and 2014 boundaries. 2010 boundaries marked as red lines, 2014 boundaries marked as white area. Click to enlarge.
Map of Bundoora’s 2010 and 2014 boundaries. 2010 boundaries marked as red lines, 2014 boundaries marked as white area. Click to enlarge.

Redistribution
Bundoora moved north, losing areas to Ivanhoe in the south (including most of Macleod and Yallambie) and expanded north to take in more of Bundoora and Mill Park from the seat of Mill Park. These changes increased the Labor margin from 7.6% to 10.9%.

History
The electoral district of Bundoora was first created prior to the 1976 election, and has always been held by the ALP.

The seat was first won in 1976 by John Cain Junior, son of the former Labor Premier. Cain was elected Labor leader in 1981, and led the party to victory at the 1982 election. Cain won re-election in 1985 and 1988. Cain resigned as Premier in 1990, and retired at the 1992 election.

In 1992, Bundoora was won by the ALP’s Sherryl Garbutt. Garbutt had been elected in the 1989 Greensborough by-election, but that seat was abolished in the redistribution before the 1992 election.

Garbutt was promoted to the Labor frontbench after their 1992 election loss, and became a minister in the Bracks government in 1999.

She retired at the 2006 election. Justin Madden, the former footballer who served as a Minister in the Legislative Council, was originally preselected to fill the seat, with his upper house seat slated to be abolished by Legislative Council reforms. Madden found another upper house seat, and the ALP preselected former Banyule councillor Colin Brooks, who won the seat in 2006.

Colin Brooks was re-elected in 2010.

Candidates

  1. Clement Stanyon (Greens)
  2. Amita Gill (Liberal)
  3. James Widdowson (Family First)
  4. Colin Brooks (Labor)

Assessment
Bundoora is a reasonably safe Labor seat.

2010 election result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Colin Brooks Labor 14,96746.06-6.9948.83
Goldy Brar Liberal 11,85936.49+6.4734.66
Tim Roberts Greens 3,28510.11-0.999.24
Luke ConlonFamily First9152.82-2.063.41
Karen-Joy McCollIndependent7642.35+2.352.00
Catherine O’FarrellDemocratic Labor7072.18+2.181.86

2010 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Colin Brooks Labor 18,70657.56-7.5659.69
Goldy Brar Liberal 13,79142.44+7.5640.31
Polling places in Bundoora at the 2010 Victorian state election. East in green, West in orange. Click to enlarge.
Polling places in Bundoora at the 2010 Victorian state election. East in green, West in orange. Click to enlarge.

Booth breakdown
Booths in Bundoora have been divided into two parts: east and west.

The ALP won a majority of two-party-preferred votes in both areas: 56% in the east and 62.7% in the west.

The Greens came third, with 7.7% in the west and 10.6% in the east.

Voter groupGRN %ALP 2PP %Total% of votes
East10.5555.9911,36933.52
West7.7362.7210,39130.64
Other votes9.3060.5512,15435.84
Two-party-preferred votes in Bundoora at the 2010 Victorian state election.
Two-party-preferred votes in Bundoora at the 2010 Victorian state election.
Greens primary votes in Bundoora at the 2010 Victorian state election.
Greens primary votes in Bundoora at the 2010 Victorian state election.