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Seat of Footscray

(Inner Western Melbourne)
Safe. Labor 14.5%

Profile:

Footscray is an electorate located in Melbourne's inner western suburbs and covers the suburbs of Braybrook, Footscray, Footscray West, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Sunshine West and Tottenham, as well as parts of Brooklyn and Sunshine.

The area is predominantly working class and as such, it is a seat that has always been safe for Labor. In its current incarnation, which has been in effect since the 1920's, it has never been held by any other party than the Labor Party.

Parts of the seat are seeing significant gentrification, which is correlating to a significant increase in the Greens share of the vote in recent years in many parts of the electorate.

Incumbent MP:

Marsha Thomson (Labor) - since 2006. Pictured right. She is not standing for reelection in 2018.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

Candidates:

  • Katie Hall (Labor)

Assessment:

Footscray is a safe Labor seat. The Greens also perform strongly in some parts of this seat, but they won't be a threat in 2018.

2014 Results:

FOOTSCRAY
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

  Rod Swift (GRN)

Catherine Cumming

Kim Vu (LIB) Marsha Thomson (ALP) Ken Betts (VFTW)
Ardeer 17.6% 3.9% 24.5% 47.1% 4.9%
Ardeer South 8.3% 4.2% 24.5% 60.6% 2.4%
Footscray 25.6% 4.7% 23.8% 43.1% 2.9%
Footscray North 27.3% 11.1% 21.1% 37.3% 3.2%
Footscray Park 26.7% 3.2% 22.9% 43.8% 3.4%
Glengala 9.9% 4.8% 27.3% 56.2% 1.8%
Glengala South 11.1% 5.4% 19.2% 57.5% 6.7%
Hyde 43.8% 5.7% 17.7% 29.8% 3.1%
Kingsville West 25.3% 9.9% 20.5% 39.8% 4.5%
Maidstone 14.3% 11.9% 31.0% 40.8% 2.1%
Maidstone West 22.1% 4.2% 27.4% 44.7% 1.6%
Marybyrnong River 12.9% 8.7% 33.6% 40.3% 4.5%
Sunshine 14.7% 7.5% 25.8% 48.1% 4.0%
Sunvale 11.3% 5.7% 29.2% 49.9% 3.9%
Tottenham West 10.3% 7.2% 30.8% 48.7% 3.0%
West Footscray 29.2% 12.9% 19.0% 37.3% 1.7%
Absent Votes 25.6% 5.2% 21.9% 42.7% 4.6%
Early Votes 16.1% 8.6% 28.3% 43.8% 3.2%
Postal Votes 12.9% 6.3% 28.8% 46.8% 5.1%
Provisional Votes 21.4% 6.2% 29.6% 40.0% 2.9%
TOTALS 17.2% 7.7% 26.7% 45.1% 3.3%

Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 two party preferred vote by polling place

  Marsha Thomson (ALP) Kim Vu (LIB)
Ardeer 70.6% 29.4%
Ardeer South 68.6% 31.4%
Footscray 71.4% 28.6%
Footscray North 69.6% 30.4%
Footscray Park 70.5% 29.5%
Glengala 64.8% 35.2%
Glengala South 73.7% 26.3%
Hyde 74.1% 25.9%
Kingsville West 68.5% 31.5%
Maidstone 57.9% 42.1%
Maidstone West 66.9% 33.1%
Marybyrnong River 55.9% 44.1%
Sunshine 65.5% 34.5%
Sunvale 63.0% 37.0%
Tottenham North 61.1% 38.9%
West Footscray 69.9% 30.1%
Absent Votes 67.8% 32.2%
Early Votes 62.4% 37.6%
Postal Votes 64.1% 35.9%
Provisional Votes 59.8% 40.2%
TOTALS 64.5% 35.5%

Data provided by the VEC.

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