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Seat of Albert Park

(Central Melbourne)
Marginal. Labor 3.0%

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Covering an area of 22 square kilometres in inner suburban Melbourne, the Albert Park electorate includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, St Kilda West, Southbank, South Melbourne, South Wharf, and parts of St Kilda.

Albert Park has been held by Labor since the 1950's. Like with much of inner city Melbourne, the area has undergone considerable gentrification in recent years. This has contributed to a gradual decline in Labor's primary vote and a steady increase in both the Liberals and Greens primary votes. This has seen the seat become a lot more marginal in recent elections, with potential for both the Liberals or the Greens to take the seat in what will be a real three way contest in 2018.

Incumbent MP:

Martin Foley (Labor) - since 2007. Pictured right.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

Candidates:

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Andrew BondAndrew Bond
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Political Party: Liberal.

Andrew Bond currently serves as a Councillor for the City of Port Phillip. He has had a career of working for large national and multinational companies as well as having home grown entrepreneurial success. Andrew has also served on the management committees for the South Melbourne and St Kilda Esplanade Markets, and volunteers at Sacred Heart Mission near his home in St Kilda.


Martin FoleyMartin Foley
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Political Party: Labor (Incumbent MP)

Martin Foley has been the MP for the Albert Park district since the 2007 State Election and serves Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality and Minister for Creative Industries in the Andrews Government. He studied Arts (history and politics) at Monash University and received a Master of Commerce in 2000 from the University of Melbourne. From 1988 to 2003, he worked for the Australian Services Union (ASU) before becoming Chief of Staff to the state Minister for Agriculture. In 2006 he became Chief of Staff to the Minister for Police.


Tamasin RamsayTamasin Ramsay
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Political Party: Animal Justice Party

Tamasin Ramsay is a former Melbourne paramedic and a medical anthropologist (PhD) and also had a brief acting career. She became concerned about the rights and interests of other species when she was NGO Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York for the Brahma Kumaris (2010-2014).

Assessment:

Albert Park would only likely be the type of seat that the Liberals would gain if they were to do well across the whole state. However, the demographics are changing and the Liberal Party have caught up in recent elections to the point of overtaking the Labor Party on primary votes.

There is also potential for the Greens to gain the seat as well, though the fact that they haven't preselected anyone yet, as they have in their other key target seats, indicates that it is unlikely that they'll direct significant resources into the seat in 2018. Their focus will be on contests in the inner north and retaining the neighbouring seat of Prahran.

2014 Results:

ALBERT PARK
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

 

James Hurley
(ASP)

Martin Foley (ALP)

Steven Armstrong Tex Perkins Shannon Eeles (LIB) David Collis (GRN) Deborah Geyer (FFP)
Bridport 2.2% 33.1% 1.2% 2.7% 45.7% 14.8% 0.3%
Kerferd South 2.3% 32.6% 0.9% 2.9% 44.5% 16.1% 0.7%
Middle Park 1.9% 29.1% 1.0% 4.6% 46.0% 16.7% 0.7%
Port Melbourne 2.1% 34.0% 0.6% 3.1% 48.3% 11.3% 0.6%
Port Melbourne East 2.5% 38.2% 0.9% 3.3% 40.1% 14.2% 0.7%
Port Melbourne West 4.1% 36.7% 0.8% 2.7% 44.4% 10.7% 0.5%
Sanbridge 2.4% 51.4% 0.2% 2.1% 34.9% 8.1% 0.9%
South Melbourne 4.5% 35.6% 1.1% 2.9% 38.2% 17.1% 0.6%
Southbank 4.3% 25.3% 1.1% 1.8% 45.2% 21.5% 0.8%
St Kilda 5.5% 36.9% 1.0% 9.0% 21.2% 25.7% 0.6%
St Kilda Park 4.2% 32.6% 0.3% 10.3% 26.7% 25.4% 0.4%
St Kilda South 4.0% 30.6% 0.5% 13.2% 25.8% 25.3% 0.6%
Absent Votes 5.2% 29.0% 1.1% 5.1% 38.5% 20.1% 1.0%
Early Votes 3.3% 30.1% 0.6% 3.9% 43.9% 17.4% 1.0%
Postal Votes 2.3% 30.6% 0.7% 4.7% 49.3% 11.5% 0.8%
Provisional Votes 5.5% 24.9% 0.8% 6.9% 39.8% 20.9% 1.2%
TOTALS 3.5% 32.3% 0.8% 4.4% 41.5% 16.8% 0.7%
Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 Two Party Preferred Vote by Polling Place
  Martin Foley (ALP) Shannon Eeles (LIB)
Bridport 50.6% 49.4%
Kerferd South 51.4% 48.6%
Middle Park 48.1% 51.9%
Port Melbourne 47.3% 52.7%
Port Melbourne East 55.9% 44.1%
Port Melbourne West 51.4% 48.6%
Sandridge 62.6% 37.4%
South Melbourne 56.0% 44.0%
Southbank 48.6% 51.4%
St Kilda 71.8% 28.2%
St Kilda Park 67.0% 33.0%
St Kilda South 66.8% 33.2%
Absent Votes 53.8% 46.2%
Early Votes 50.7% 49.3%
Postal Votes 45.1% 54.9%
Provisional Votes 51.9% 48.1%
TOTALS 53.0% 47.0%
Data provided by the VEC.

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