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Seat of Burwood

(Eastern Melbourne)
Marginal. Liberal 3.2%

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In the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Burwood includes the suburbs of Ashburton, Ashwood, Box Hill South, Burwood, and parts of Camberwell, Chadstone, Glen Iris, and Surrey Hills.

A marginal seat in recent years, Burwood was held by Jeff Kennett from 1976, who was Premier from 1992 to 1999, when he resigned from Parliament following the government's defeat in that year's state election. In the ensuring by-election, Labor gained the seat and held it for the next 11 years, until the defeat of the Bracks/Brumby Government in 2010. The Liberal Party were able to retain the seat in 2014, despite being voted out of government.

Incumbent MP:

Graham Watt (Liberal) - since 2010. Pictured right.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

Candidates:

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Will Fowles | Graham Watt

Will FowlesWill Fowles
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Political Party: Labor

Will Fowles is a businessman. He is the Director of Piper Capital, a boutique hospitality and property investment firm in Melbourne. He went to school at Scotch Collage and studied Commerce and Law at Monash University, where he was also involved in student theatre and student politics - being elected as President of the Monash Student Association in 2000. He previously stood for the then upper house seat of South Yarra at the 2002 Election, representing the Labor Party, losing by only 1% of the vote.


Graham WattGraham Watt
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Political Party: Liberal (Incumbent MP)

Graham Watt has been the MP for the state seat of Burwood since the 2010 election. He was born in Western Australia and grew up in public housing as one of 11 children. He studied at Edith Cowan University, where he attained a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and Economics. He has since been the owner of a mobile phone retail store and a carpet cleaning business.

Assessment:

Burwood was held by Labor for the whole of the Bracks/Brumby years, so it definitely isn't out of reach for them in 2018. However, they would have to be performing pretty strongly across the state.

2014 Results:

BURWOOD
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

 

Gavin Ryan (ALP)

Beck Stuart (GRN) Graham Watt (LIB)  Peter Campbell
Alamein 39.3% 13.3% 44.5% 3.0%
Ashburton 35.7% 12.7% 48.8% 2.8%
Ashwood 36.7% 10.1% 50.9% 2.3%
Box Hill South 42.2% 12.8% 43.8% 1.1%
Burwood 34.5% 12.6% 50.6% 2.3%
Burwood Central 34.8% 14.0% 49.5% 1.8%
Chatham South 27.7% 12.2% 52.4% 7.6%
Elgar Park 28.7% 13.8% 55.4% 2.1%
Glen Iris 26.1% 13.0% 58.9% 1.9%
Glen Iris South 29.2% 17.4% 51.4% 2.0%
Hartwell 29.8% 12.1% 56.2% 1.9%
Highfield 31.5% 11.3% 55.4% 1.8%
Jordanville South 50.0% 10.5% 37.4% 2.2%
Starling 40.9% 9.8% 47.0% 2.3%
Surrey Hills 30.2% 16.3% 50.5% 3.0%
Wattle Park 41.3% 12.2% 44.6% 1.8%
Absent Votes 33.4% 22.3% 40.6% 3.7%
Early Votes 33.7% 12.4% 51.8% 2.1%
Postal Votes 33.5% 9.0% 54.6% 2.9%
Provisional Votes 34.9% 22.6% 39.2% 3.3%
TOTALS 34.4% 13.0% 50.1% 2.5%

 

Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 Two Party Preferred Vote by Polling Place

 

Graham Watt (LIB) 

Gavin Ryan (ALP)
Alamein 47.4% 52.6%
Ashburton 51.8% 48.2%
Ashwood 53.8% 46.2%
Box Hill South 45.9% 54.1%
Burwood 53.1% 46.4%
Burwood Central 52.3% 47.7%
Chatham South 56.1% 43.9%
Elgar Park 57.5% 42.5%
Glen Iris 61.3% 38.7%
Glen Iris South 54.1% 45.9%
Hartwell 58.9% 41.1%
Highfield 57.8% 42.2%
Jordanville South 39.9% 60.1%
Starling 49.9% 50.1%
Surrey Hills 54.1% 45.9%
Wattle Park 46.4% 53.6%
Absent Votes 47.3% 52.7%
Early Votes 54.7% 45.3%
Postal Votes 57.7% 42.3%
Provisional Votes 44.9% 55.1%
TOTALS 53.2% 46.8%

 

Data provided by the VEC.

 


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