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07 September 2018
By Matt Hrkac

Victorian Election 2018: Seat of the day - Richmond

Labor 1.9% 
(vs Greens)

Richmond is an electorate located within the inner east of Melbourne, encompassing the suburbs of Richmond, Cremorne, Burnley, Abbotsford, Collingwood, Clifton Hill, North Fitzroy and Fitzroy.

The seat has been in existence since 1904, and within that time, it has been held by the Australian Labor Party by very safe margins. The only time that the seat hasn't been held by the Labor Party, in its history, was in 1955, when then-Labor MP Frank Scully defected to the Democratic Labour Party. Scully went on to retain the seat for the DLP in that year's State Election, before being defeated in the 1958 State Election.

More recently, driven by rapid gentrification of the area; The Greens have been gradually increasing their electoral support, which is posing a significant threat to Labor's hold on the seat. At the 2002 State Election, the Greens, on the back of Liberal preferences, managed to bring the Labor to a margin of 3.1%.

In 2006, Labor was able to regain some of the support it lost at the previous election but it would be a short lived reprieve. Support for Labor continued to erode to The Greens over the 2010 and 2014 Elections.



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About the author:

Matt Hrkac is a writer and photographer based in Geelong. He has particular interests in politics, elections, social movements and the trade union movement.

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