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Seat of Kew

(Eastern Melbourne)
Safe. Liberal 10.6%

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Situated in eastern Melbourne, Kew is centred on the suburb of Kew. It also contains parts of Balwyn and Canterbury.

The district has always been held by the Liberal Party and its predecessors. The most notable former member is Dick Hamer, who was Premier of Victoria from 1972 until 1981. From 1927 to 1981, it was held by only three members, all of whom eventually became Deputy Premiers—Wilfrid Kent Hughes, Arthur Rylah and Hamer.

The electorate is generally a wealthy electorate. It has a relatively large Chinese population as well as a relatively large population of Mandarin speakers. Most people in the Kew District are either professionals or managers; with an overwhelming majority of the population holding university degrees.

Incumbent MP:

Tim Smith (Liberal) - since 2014. Pictured right.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

Candidates:

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Alex MarksAlex Marks
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Political Party: Greens.

Alex Marks is a policy advisor to Greens MLA Samantha Dunn and also works as a business developer for Allume Energy. He also formerly worked as a Policy and Strategy Manager in Kenya, for Sanergy. He holds a Master in Science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Oxford and University of Adelaide, respectfully.


Tim SmithTim Smith
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Political Party: Liberal (Incumbent MP)

Tim Smith has been the MP for Kew since the 2014 State Election. He studied at the University of Melbourne and Ormond College where he undertook a Bachelor of Arts in history and politics. During his time as an undergraduate he was a dedicated athlete, gaining selection to the Australian rowing team. After a five year professional rowing career, he returned to university where he undertook a Masters of International Politics, after which he worked in the offices of MPs in both Australia and the United Kingdom as a political advisor. He also previously served as a Councillor and Mayor on the City of Stonningham Council.

Prediction:

Liberal retain

Kew is a safe Liberal seat.

2014 Results:

KEW
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

 

Lynn Frankes (GRN)

Tim Smith (LIB)  James Gaffey (ALP)
Balwyn Central 13.5% 62.3% 24.1%
Balwyn North 13.2% 51.5% 35.2%
Balwyn North Central 9.7% 65.4% 24.9%
Balwyn North West 12.5% 58.4% 29.0%
Balwyn West 13.5% 57.1% 29.5%
Boroondara 11.5% 56.0% 32.6%
Canterbury 14.9% 60.9% 24.3%
Cotham 16.6% 62.2% 21.2%
Deepdene 14.9% 63.5% 21.6%
Greythorn 12.8% 60.2% 27.0%
Hyde Park 19.5% 52.3% 28.3%
Kew 21.1% 48.7% 30.3%
Kew East 18.5% 49.1% 32.4%
Kew North 20.4% 47.7% 31.8%
Kew South 22.0% 53.5% 24.6%
Studley Park 17.7% 59.4% 23.0%
Absent Votes 24.6% 49.1% 26.3%
Early Votes 16.5% 58.4% 25.1%
Postal Votes 12.5% 65.9% 21.7%
Provisional Votes 25.5% 47.6% 26.8%
TOTALS 16.3% 57.2% 26.5%
Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 Two Party Preferred Vote by Polling Place

 

Tim Smith (LIB) 

James Gaffey (ALP)
Balwyn Central 64.7% 35.3%
Balwyn North 54.6% 45.4%
Balwyn North Central 67.9% 32.1%
Balwyn North West 61.2% 38.8%
Balwyn West 59.1% 40.9%
Boroondara 58.9% 41.1%
Canterbury 64.8% 35.3%
Cotham 66.0% 34.0%
Deepdene 66.0% 34.0%
Greythorn 62.8% 37.2%
Hyde Park 55.7% 44.3%
Kew 52.0% 48.0%
Kew East 51.8% 48.2%
Kew North 51.5% 48.5%
Kew South 56.8% 43.2%
Studley Park 63.2% 36.8%
Absent Votes 56.1% 43.9%
Early Votes 61.8% 38.2%
Postal Votes 69.2% 30.8%
Provisional Votes 55.1% 44.9%
TOTALS 60.6% 39.4%
Data provided by the VEC.

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