Brad Battin, member for Gembrook since 2010.
Pakenham is a new seat carved out of parts of Bass and Gembrook. Pakenham was previously contained in Bass, while Officer and Pakenham Upper were in Gembrook. About 54% of electors in Pakenham were previously included in Gembrook. Pakenham has a larger share of Gembrook than any other seat, but that makes up just over half of the new seat.
The seats of Bass and Gembrook were created in 2002.
Bass was held by the Liberal Party’s Ken Smith from 2002 until 2014. Smith served as Speaker from 2010 until 2014, when he retired.
Bass was won in 2014 by Liberal candidate Brian Paynter. Paynter lost after one term in 2018 to Labor candidate Jordan Crugnale.
Labor’s Tammy Lobato won Gembrook in 2002, and held the seat until 2010.
Lobato lost Gembrook to Liberal candidate Brad Battin in 2010, and he has been re-elected twice.
2018 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas. The populated centre of the seat has been split between Lakeside and Pakenham, while the spare northern booths have been grouped.
Labor won a clear majority on election day in Pakenham and Lakeside while the Liberal Party won comfortably in the north. Labor narrowly won the special votes, which reduced the Labor margin relative to their election day result.
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