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Seat of Sydenham

(Western Melbourne)
Safe. Labor 16.3%

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The Sydenham District was created in 2014 to replace the abolished Keilor District. The electorate covers part of Melbourne's north-west and includes the suburbs of Sydenham, Taylors Hill, Delahey, Taylors Lakes and Hillside.

Sydenham is a safe Labor seat. It's predecessor, Keilor, was also always held by the Labor Party, by very large margins. In terms of demographics, the electorate is staunchly working class, with a majority of the population having no education higher than year 12 or vocational working in administrative and clerical roles, or in trades. The electorate has large Indian, Maltese and Italian populations compared to the state average, with a generally large migrant community. Catholics comprise the largest religious group in the electorate, also being well over-represented.

Incumbent MP:

Natalie Hutchins (Labor) - since 2014. Pictured right.

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Political Party: Labor (Incumbent MP)

Natalie Hitchins has been the MP for Sydenham since the 2014 State Election and previously served as the MP for Keilor from 2010 to 2014. She currently serves as the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister for Industrial Relations. She was previously an organiser and industrial officer at the National Union of Workers. In 1996 she was elected as the assistant secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council. During her time at the VTHC, She was one of the police negotiators for the union movement during the 1998 waterfront dispute, coordinated the WorkCover campaign and was instrumental in obtaining legislative changes to stop trainee and apprentice bullying in the workplace. She was later employed as a senior organiser with the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

Assessment:

Sydenham is a safe Labor seat.

2014 Results:

SYDENHAM
2014 Primary Vote by Polling Place

  Alex Schlotzer (GRN) John Varano (LIB)

Natalie Hutchins (ALP)

Nadia Christofidis (AC) Shaun McKerral (VFTW)
Delahey 7.2% 16.1% 69.6% 2.9% 4.2%
Hillside 5.6% 32.2% 54.6% 2.6% 5.0%
Kings Park 12.4% 19.0% 57.0% 1.7% 9.9%
Parkwood Green 6.0% 28.9% 58.4% 2.4% 4.2%
Springside 7.9% 29.8% 56.3% 2.4% 3.5%
Sydenham 6.4% 23.0% 62.6% 2.9% 5.0%
Sydenham East 6.5% 25.7% 57.5% 3.1% 7.3%
Sydenham West 7.8% 29.1% 54.6% 4.1% 4.4%
Taylors Hill 7.4% 27.5% 59.0% 2.9% 3.1%
Taylors Lakes 6.8% 36.8% 50.7% 2.9% 2.9%
Taylors Lakes Central 7.5% 30.2% 54.3% 3.2% 4.7%
Taylors Lakes North 6.9% 35.2% 51.0% 3.4% 3.5%
Absent Votes 11.2% 26.5% 53.3% 3.8% 5.3%
Early Votes 7.0% 27.2% 58.5% 3.2% 4.1%
Postal Votes 4.8% 31.4% 53.6% 3.1% 7.2%
Provisional Votes 13.6% 27.6% 51.6% 4.3% 2.9%
TOTALS 7.1% 28.0% 57.4% 3.1% 4.4%

 

Data provided by the VEC.

 

2014 two party preferred vote by polling place

  Natalie Hutchins (ALP)

John Varano (LIB)

Delahey 78.8% 21.2%
Hillside 62.2% 37.8%
Kings Park 66.9% 33.1%
Parkwood Green 66.6% 33.4%
Springside 65.6% 34.4%
Sydenham 72.4% 27.6%
Sydenham East 67.8% 32.2%
Sydenham West 63.3% 36.7%
Taylors Hill 67.4% 32.6%
Taylors Lakes 58.2% 41.8%
Taylors Lakes Central 64.1% 35.9%
Taylors Lakes North 60.0% 40.0%
Absent Votes 64.3% 35.7%
Early Votes 66.9% 33.1%
Postal Votes 62.6% 37.4%
Provisional Votes 64.6% 35.4%
TOTALS 66.3% 33.7%

 

Data provided by the VEC.

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