GRN 0.4% vs LIB
Sam Hibbins, since 2014.
Inner southern Melbourne. Prahran covers the suburbs of Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor and parts of St Kilda and Toorak.
Prahran has been a state electorate since 1889. It has alternated between the ALP and conservative parties, but in recent decades was dominated by the Liberal Party, before falling to the Greens in 2014.
The ALP first won the seat in 1894, holding it until 1900. Liberal MP Donald Mackinnon held the seat from 1900 to 1920. The ALP and conservative parties alternated in control until the 1930s, with the Liberal Party holding the seat until 1945.
In 1945, the ALP’s William Quirk won the seat, holding it until his death in November 1948. The ensuing by-election in 1949 was won by Frank Crean, who had previously held the seat of Albert Park. He left the seat in 1951 when he moved to the federal seat of Melbourne Ports. He served as a federal MP until 1977, playing a senior role in the Whitlam Labor government.
The 1951 Prahran by-election was won by the ALP’s Robert Pettiona, who held the seat until his defeat in 1955.
Since 1955, Prahran has been won by the ALP only four times. In 1955, the seat was won by Sam Loxton, a Liberal candidate. Loxton was a former test cricketer who had been part of Don Bradman’s Invincibles team and played VFL football for St Kilda.
Loxton held the seat until 1979, when the ALP’s Bob Miller won the seat. He held the seat for two terms, and in 1985 unsuccessfully contested the Legislative Council province of Monash.
The Liberal Party’s Don Hayward won the seat in 1985. He had previously held the upper house seat of Monash from 1979 to 1985. He served as Member for Prahran until the 1996 election.
In 1996, the Liberal Party’s Leonie Burke won Prahran. Burke was defeated in 2002 by the ALP’s Tony Lupton. Lupton was re-elected in 2006.
In 2010, Lupton was defeated by Liberal candidate Clem Newton-Brown.
Prahran produced an unusual result in 2014, with the third-placed Greens candidate Sam Hibbins overtaking both Labor and Liberal candidates to win narrowly.
- Leon Kofmansky (Democratic Labour)
- Katie Allen (Liberal)
- Neil Pharaoh (Labor)
- Sam Hibbins (Greens)
- Dennis Bilic (Sustainable Australia)
- Tom Tomlin (Reason)
- Jennifer Long (Animal Justice)
- Wendy Patterson (Aussie Battler)
- Alan Menadue (Independent)
Prahran is sure to be a complex seat again in 2018, if not as complex as in 2014.
Sam Hibbins has two separate challenges: firstly, he needs to get ahead of Labor on primary votes and minor preferences. Serving as an incumbent MP for four years should help him with this. Then the Greens will need to achieve a majority of the vote with Labor preferences. If there is a swing to the left, this will likely help Hibbins win re-election.
|Eleonora Gullone||Animal Justice||837||2.3||+2.3|
|Alan Walker||Family First||282||0.8||+0.2|
|Jason Simon Goldsmith||Independent||247||0.7||+0.7|
|Alan Maxwell Menadue||Independent||82||0.2||+0.2|
2014 two-candidate-preferred result
2014 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Prahran have been divided into three parts: north, south and central.
Primary votes for the Liberal Party varied from 31.7% in the south to 52.6% in the north. The Liberal Party won substantially more votes in the centre than north than either of the other main parties, but trailed the Greens in the south.
The Labor vote ranged from 21.2% in the north to 30.9% in the south. The Greens vote ranged from 22.7% in the north to 32.7% in the south.
|Voter group||LIB prim %||ALP prim %||GRN prim %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Prahran at the 2014 Victorian state election
Toggle between primary votes for the Liberal Party, Labor Party and Greens.