Victorian election 2014

St Albans

Margin: Labor 14.0%
Region: Western Metropolitan
Federal: Maribyrnong (69%)/Gellibrand (17%)/Calwell (15%)

Candidates in ballot paper order

stalbans-alp

stalbans-lib

MOIRA DEEMING
Liberal (bottom)

MARVET BOULOS
Australian Christians

LISA ASBURY
Greens

NATALIE SULEYMAN
Labor (top)

IRENA TERESA KLAJN
Independent

PAT AUMUA
Voice for the West

2010 BOOTH RESULTS MAP

PAST RESULTS
(SUNSHINE/DERRIMUT)

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 in Labor’s north-western Melbourne heartland, the new electorate of St Albans is the successor to abolished Derrimut. Labor’s margin is 14.4%, little different from the 14.0% margin in Derrimut at the 2010 election. An electorate of St Albans had previously existed from 1985 to 1992, being held safely for Labor throughout that time by Alex Adrianopoulos, who then moved to the northern suburbs seat of Mill Park. A seat of Sunshine stood in the stead of St Albans from 1992 to 2002, when it in turn was replaced by Derrimut.

The southern part of the new electorate draws 21,000 voters from the old Derrimut in the suburbs of Ardeer, Albion, Sunshine North and southern St Albans. To the north, 11,700 voters in northern St Albans are transferred from Kororoit, 2200 in Kealba from Niddrie, and 7700 in Keilor Downs from Keilor, partly explaining its name change to Sydenham. In the south-east of the electorate are 2500 voters in northern Sunshine, formerly in the electorate of Footscray. The electorate has the highest proportion of non-English speakers of any electorate other than Thomastown, including the highest number of Vietnamese speakers, and ranks second in the state for lowest median income.

The member for Derrimut, Telmo Languiller, is contesting the outer western Melbourne seat of Tarneit, leaving St Albans free for Natalie Suleyman, a former mayor of Brimbank and more recently an electorate officer to Ivanhoe MP Anthony Carbines. Suleyman won overwhelming support in the local preselection vote, despite the considerable baggage she carries from her days at Brimbank council, which the Brumby government sacked a year after she departed from it in 2008. Among the findings of an Ombudsman’s report was that Suleyman’s ruling council faction had sought to block works at a soccer ground to retaliate against George Seitz, Keilor MP and a figure of considerable local influence, after he failed to deliver support to her 2008 bid for preselection in Kororoit.

Suleyman lost out on that occasion to Marlene Kairouz, after what Rick Wallace of The Australian described as a “proxy war” within the Right. Support for Suleyman came from the Bill Shorten-Stephen Conroy camp, the latter being the employer of her father Hakki Suleyman, an influential figure in the local party and Turkish community. Kairouz was backed by the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association and the Health Services Union. The Shorten-Conroy camp succeeded in blocking a bid to have Kairouz installed by the national executive, only for Suleyman to suffer a surprise defeat in the ensuing preselection vote.