The Ivanhoe electorate is located in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and includes the suburbs of Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Macleod.
Once a seat safely held by the Liberal Party, Labor have gradually been eroding at their margin after successive electorate boundary changes have made the seat more favourable for the Labor Party. It is now a reliable, albeit marginal, seat for Labor, who have held it since 1996.
Though the seat is notionally a marginal seat, it will be hard ask for the Liberal Party to gain. The seat has firmed up for Labor over recent elections.
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Matt Hrkac is a writer and activist based in Geelong who regularly contributes to Green Left Weekly. He has particular interests in politics, elections and the trade union movement and has had extensive involvement in a number of local campaigns. He is a former member of the Greens.