Victorian election 2014

Clarinda

Margin: Labor 12.4%
Region: South Eastern Metropolitan
Federal: Hotham (84%)/Chisholm (12%)/Bruce (4%)

Candidates in ballot paper order

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JAMES TALBOT-KAMOEN
Greens

HONG LIM
Labor (top)

JAMES MARINIS
Independent

GANDHI BEVINAKOPPA
Liberal (bottom)

MELANIE VASSILIOU
Rise Up Australia

2010 BOOTH RESULTS MAP

PAST RESULTS (CLAYTON)

DEMOGRAPHICS

RESULTS MAP: Two-party preferred booth results from 2010 state election showing Liberal majority in blue and Labor in red. New boundaries in thicker blue lines, old ones in thinner red lines. Boundary data courtesy of Ben Raue of The Tally Room.

PAST RESULTS: Break at 1999 represents effect of the subsequent redistribution.

DEMOGRAPHICS: Based on 2012 census. School Leavers is percentage of high school graduates divided by persons over 18. LOTE is number identified as speaking language other than English at home, divided by total population.

Clarinda is the new name for the electorate previously known as of Clayton, located around 20 kilometres to the south-east of central Melbourne. It retains 29,421 of Clayton’s 33,879 voters, extending eastwards from Oakleigh South through Clarinda and Clayton South to Springvale east of Springvale Road. The latter area in particular is noted as a centre of Melbourne’s Vietnamese and Cambodian communities, and the electorate also contains many of Greek and Indian extraction, placing it seventh out of the state’s 88 seats for proportion of non-English speakers. The name change reflects the loss of the northern half of the suburb of Clayton to Oakleigh, for which it is compensated with two new areas: an extension southwards into Cheltenham and Heatherton, adding 11,000 voters who had previously been in Mordialloc, and a gain of 3000 voters at Bentleigh East in the electorate’s north-western corner, from Bentleigh.

Clayton was held safely by Labor through a history going back to 1985, the closest margin being 8.4% in Jeff Kennett’s 1992 landslide. The member since 1996 has been Hong Lim, who is of Chinese Cambodian origin and came to Australia in 1970 at the age of 20. Lim was a founder of the Cambodian Association of Victoria, which according to Michael Gordon of The Age he used to recruit members to the ALP. His organisational strength came to national attention in early 2006 when he threw his weight behind Martin Pakula’s preselection challenge against Simon Crean in Hotham, with disappointing results. Lim was made shadow parliamentary secretary for Asia business relations in April 2014, recovering a status he had lost after the 2006 election, when he was demoted from a parliamentary secretary position he held through the previous parliamentary term.