Victorian election 2014

Evelyn

Margin: Liberal 12.6%
Region: Eastern Victoria
Federal: Casey

Candidates in ballot paper order

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evelyn-alp

GLENN WILLIAMS
Country Alliance

CHRISTINE FYFFE
Liberal (top)

ANTHONY MCALEER
Independent

SANDRA BETTS
Greens

PETER HARRIS
Labor (bottom)

DAMIEN de PYLE
Australian Christians

LAWRENCE IRWIN MOBSBY
Independent

2010 BOOTH RESULTS MAP

PAST RESULTS

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.

Located on the eastern fringe of Melbourne, Evelyn has had an uninterrupted existence going back to 1859, in which time it has been won by Labor only in 1952, 1955, 1982 and 2002. It encompasses suburban Lilydale, Chirnside Park and northern Mooroolbark at its western end, from which it extends to semi-rural Mount Evelyn, Coldstream and Seville. The redistribution has lopped off the western end of the electorate at Wonga Park, sending 2400 voters to Warrandyte, and added an area of Mooroolbark containing 800 voters from abolished Kilsyth. The changes have cut 0.9% from the Liberal margin.

Evelyn was one of seven seats gained by the Coalition in the correction that followed Labor’s 2002 landslide at that 2006 election. The successful candidate was Christine Fyffe, who had lost the seat to Labor’s Heather McTaggart in 2002 by 233 votes following a 12.1% swing. Fyffe was first elected in 1999, having previously been a winery owner and Yarra Ranges Shire commissioner after the Kennett government sacked the state’s local councils to give effect to local government reform in 1994. After recovering her old seat with a 3.1% swing in 2006, she gained a further swing of 10.7% in 2010, the sixth biggest of the election.

Fyffe became the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in February 2014, having held the deputy position since the Baillieu government came to power. Her predecessor, Bass MP Ken Smith, was obliged to stand aside after Geoff Shaw, the Liberal-turned-independent member for Frankston, said he had no confidence in him, which together with Labor’s opposition meant a majority of the house was lined up against him. Fyffe has since had the difficult job of keeping order in a parliament where the government has been reliant on the mercurial Shaw to maintain its majority.