Victorian election 2014

Mornington

Margin: Liberal 16.2%
Region: Eastern Victoria
Federal: Dunkley (69%)/Flinders (31%)

Candidates in ballot paper order

mornington-lib

mornington-alp

DAVID MORRIS
Liberal (top)

MARION BARNES
Country Alliance

PETER MOLDOVAN
Rise Up Australia

MATTHEW McLAREN
Greens

REBECCA WRIGHT
Labor (bottom)

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.

Covering fringe Melbourne bayside suburbs 50 kilometres south of the city, the electorate of Mornington has existed in one form or another since 1859, and has never been held by Labor. It presently covers the bayside from Mount Eliza south through Mornington to Mount Martha, extending inland to semi-rural Moorooduc and Tuerong. The only change in the redistribution is a gain of 800 voters in semi-rural territory at the interior end of the electorate from Hastings.

Mornington last changed hands when the Liberals won it from the Country Party in 1947, and was held from 1985 to 2006 by Robin Cooper, who served as Transport Minister in the last two years of the Kennett government. Cooper’s position was substantially boosted by the redistribution before the 2002 election, prior to which Mornington extended to the far side of the peninsula to encompass Hastings on Westernport Bay, and nearby Somerville. These areas were exchanged for the strongly Liberal-voting suburb of Mount Eliza at the electorate’s northern bayside end, which allowed Cooper to survive a 10.0% swing in the ensuing Labor landslide.

Cooper was succeeded in 2006 by David Morris, operator of a Mornington-based property maintenance and investment business and president of the Mornington shire in the early 1990s. Morris was promoted to shadow parliamentary secretary in February 2008 and has retained that status in government, serving in the local government portfolio.