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Seat of Richmond

(Central Melbourne)
Marginal. Labor 1.9% (vs Greens)

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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.

Incumbent MP:

Richard Wynne (Labor) - since 1999. Pictured right.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

The numbers on the map below represent the two candidate preferred result (percentage) for each polling place in 2014.

Candidates:

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  Kathleen Maltzahn GRN
  Judy Ryan RP
  Richard Wynne ALP

Kathleen Maltzahn
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Political Party: Greens.

Kathleen Maltzahn is a community advocate, former Yarra councillor and long-time resident of the electorate of Richmond. She is also an author and campaigner against trafficking and sex work. She previously ran for the seat of Richmond at the 2010 and 2014 State Elections.


Judy RyanJudy Ryan
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Political Party: Reason.

Judy Ryan is an Abbotsford resident, previously living in North Richmond and North Fitzroy. She has been involved in the Yarra Community Friends program, a community-based mentoring program providing positive role models for disadvantaged young people.


Richard WynneRichard Wynne
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Political Party: Labor (Incumbent MP)

Richard Wynne is the State Minister for Planning and has represented the seat of Richmond since the 1999 State Election. Before his election, he worked as a consultant for local councils and community groups providing advice on housing, planning, regional development and community health issues; before working as a staffer for various MPs and Ministers at the State and Federal level. He also served as a Melbourne City Councillor for six years, including a year as Lord Mayor (1990-1991). Richard studied Social Work and Criminology at Melbourne University, has been a member of the Labor Party for 20 years and is passionate about local government and urban planning issues.


Prediction:

Tossup. Labor retain favoured.

Richmond is at no risk of falling to the Liberal Party, but the Greens will be targeting this seat intently. Their choice of candidate, however, may prove to be a detriment to what should otherwise be chalked up as a gain for them.

2014 Results:

RICHMOND
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

 

Nevena Spirovska (ASP)

Stephen Jolly Miranda Smith (AJP) Tom Keel Weiran Lu (LIB) Kathleen Maltzahn (GRN) Richard Wynne  (ALP) Sarah Knight (FFP)
Abbotsford 3.6% 13.8% 0.7% 0.3% 15.6% 34.4% 31.0% 0.5%
Atherton Gardens 4.1% 10.8% 1.6% 1.0% 10.9% 35.0% 36.4% 0.3%
Clifton Hill 1.9% 12.6% 1.5% 0.3% 15.8% 33.4% 33.9% 0.6%
Collingwood 2.9% 13.8% 1.7% 0.7% 11.4% 27.9% 40.0% 1.5%
Collingwood North 1.9% 13.3% 0.7% 0.2% 15.4% 33.8% 34.3% 0.4%
Delbridge 2.4% 6.6% 1.3% 0.7% 20.1% 30.5% 37.8% 0.7%
Fitzroy 3.2% 7.9% 1.3% 0.5% 13.1% 44.1% 29.4% 0.5%
Fitzroy North 2.3% 7.0% 1.4% 0.5% 13.1% 43.5% 31.8% 0.5%
Hosie 3.5% 5.1% 2.0% 0.6% 31.3% 28.2% 28.5% 0.6%
Richmond 4.1% 5.5% 2.3% 0.1% 29.5% 27.6% 30.1% 0.9%
Richmond Central 3.5% 5.6% 1.3% 0.3% 29.6% 27.1% 31.8% 0.7%
Richmond North 106 3.6% 10.5% 0.8% 0.6% 13.7% 21.0% 48.5% 1.3%
Richmond North 110 3.7% 18.9% 1.1% 0.2% 10.1% 14.6% 50.5% 0.9%
Richmond South 4.0% 7.3% 1.0% 0.5% 29.2% 26.9% 30.4% 0.6%
Absent Votes 4.4% 5.0% 2.0% 0.6% 22.0% 38.4% 26.2% 1.4%
Early Votes 3.3% 9.2% 1.2% 0.4% 22.4% 28.2% 34.6% 0.7%
Postal Votes 2.1% 6.9% 1.9% 0.7% 24.5% 25.0% 38.0% 0.9%
Provisional Votes 5.4% 7.4% 2.3% 0.4% 17.9% 37.5% 27.7% 1.5%
TOTALS 3.3% 8.5% 1.4% 0.5% 20.7% 31.5% 33.3% 0.8%
Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 Two Party Preferred Vote by Polling Place
  Richard Wynne (ALP) Kathleen Maltzahn (GRN)
Abbotsford 46.7% 53.3%
Atherton Gardens 48.5% 51.5%
Clifton Hill 51.1% 48.9%
Collingwood 52.4% 47.6%
Collingwood North 48.3% 51.7%
Delbridge 54.9% 45.1%
Fitzroy 43.8% 56.2%
Fitzroy North 44.2% 55.8%
Hosie 55.5% 44.5%
Richmond 55.4% 44.6%
Richmond Central 57.8% 42.2%
Richmond North 106 64.6% 35.4%
Richmond North 110 65.1% 34.9%
Richmond South 58.2% 41.8%
Absent Votes 58.6% 41.4%
Early Votes 54.8% 45.2%
Postal Votes 58.5% 41.5%
Provisional Votes 41.2% 58.8%
TOTALS 51.9% 48.1%
Data provided by the VEC.

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